Following its world premiere back in December, a new gallery of the potent 2015 Audi RS3 Sportback has just been released with the car recently getting sideways in the snow.
Because the Audi RS3 Sportback makes use of the firm’s trademark quattro all-wheel drive system, it is still controllable in the trickiest of conditions. The German automaker’s first model to use all-wheel drive was the Audi Quattro rally car which soon after it debuted, dominated a plethora of rally races around the world thanks to its supreme traction on even slippery and ever-changing surfaces. Since the original, quattro has become standard for many Audi products and the RS3 Sportback is no different.
Beneath the skin, 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 as mentioned 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.