The covers have officially been taken off the brand new 2015 Audi RS3 Sportback with the new car the most powerful compact car in the premium segment. Compared to the outgoing RS3, the 2015 Audi RS3 Sportback features an upgraded engine as well as a selection of visual modifications both inside and outside.
First and foremost, the new Audi RS3 Sportback features a 2.5-litre TFSI five-cylinder engine delivering a total of 367 hp as well as 343 lb-ft of torque. As a result, the RS3 Sportback accelerates to 100 km/h in a very brisk 4.3 seconds as well as a top speed of 280 km/h (174 mph) upon request from the customer. Typically the top speed sits at 250 km/h (155 mph). Despite the potent performance provided by this engine, the 2015 Audi RS3 Sportback sips just 8.1-litres per kilometre with CO2 emissions of 189 grams per kilometre.
Mated to the upgraded five cylinder engine is a seven-speed S tronic transmission which shifts faster than in the outgoing car. This transmission then funnel powers into all four wheels via Audi’s staple quattro system with torque vectoring also designed to provide maximum driver enjoyment and involvement. Through the revised drive systems, the tail of the latest RS3 Sportback can be kicked out through corners or alternatively, it can be steered directly into corners to maintain its composure throughout a turn.
From a chassis standpoint, the new 2015 Audi RS3 Sportback features aluminium suspension components at the front axle. Compared to the A3 Sportback, the RS3 sits 25 mm lower and Audi’s magnetic ride adaptive damper control system is available as an option. The wheels use measure 19-inch at all four corners with 235/35 tyres at all four corners but wider 255 section front tyres can be ordered. The vast majority of the braking power is then provided with truly massive eight-piston calipers at the front axle with 370 mm discs while 310 mm discs are found at the rear.
All told, the 2015 Audi RS3 Sportback tips the scales at 1520 kg and is immediately identifiable from the outgoing car from a styling standpoint. Consequently, the headlights have been tweaked as has the single frame Audi grille, the air intakes and air intake surrounds as well as the lower portion of the bumper. Elsewhere, new wheels have been fitted while a roof spoiler has been installed as has a new diffuser and twin-tailpipe setup.