Audi has added a new model to its RS series: the RS3 Sportback. In the tradition of the brand, its engine boasts five cylinders and turbocharging technology. From a displacement of 2.5 liters come 340hp (250kW) of power and 450Nm (331lb-ft) of torque. Power is transmitted to the road via a seven-speed S tronic and quattro permanent all-wheel drive.
The 2.5-liter engine in the RS 3 Sportback is able to rev up to 6,800 rpm. The large turbocharger generates up to 1.2 bar of boost pressure. The intercooler downstream achieves an efficiency rate of over 80 percent. Like all Audi gasoline turbos, the 2.5 TFSI combines turbocharging technology with FSI direct injection.
The RS3 rockets from a dead stop to 100km/h (62mph) in 4.6 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited to 250km/h (155mph). The compact car weighs in at only 1,575 kilograms (3,472 pounds).
At the outside you will spot the xenon plus headlights, the front apron, the anthracite single-frame grill with diamond-patterned styling and the airintakes. The side view includes the flared front fenders made of carbon fiber, prominent sill panels, exterior-mirror casings in matt aluminum look and a large roof spoiler. A high-gloss black diffusor insert and two elliptical exhaust tailpipes on the left accentuate the rear. Five exterior colors are available, plus an unlimited selection of custom paint finishes.
The interior is completely black and sporting a number of RS 3 logos. The sports seats are upholstered in Nappa leather with silver contrasting stitching. The inlays are in Piano finish black or the new Aluminum Race look. The leather multifunction sports steering wheel is flat-bottomed. The selector lever and instruments are specially designed for the RS3. The driver information system can display the boost pressure and oil temperature as well as a lap timer.
The RS 3 Sportback comes with a sport button, rear parking system, climate control, chorus radio system, and xenon plus headlights with LED daytime running lights. Optional features are front bucket seats, roof rails in matt aluminum look, and styling packages in black or matt aluminum.
Deliveries of the RS3 Sportback will begin in early 2011. The base price in Germany will be € 49,900.