Audi has unveiled a new model of its dynamic RS series, the RS 3 Sportback. Deliveries of the RS 3 Sportback will begin in early 2011 with basic price estimated around 49,900 euros in Germany. Five exterior colors are available, plus an unlimited selection of custom paint finishes.
Powered by a five-cylinder turbo delivering 250 kW (340 hp) and 450 Nm (331.90 lb ft) of torque, the RS 3 Sportback can accelerate from 0 – 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 4.6 seconds. The top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h (155.34 mph). Weighing in at only 1,575 kilograms (3,472.28 pounds), its fuel use on average is just 9.1 liters per 100 km (25.85 US mpg) and emits 212 g CO2 per km (341.18 g/mile).
The the RS 3 Sportback’s drivetrain guaranteed by a compact seven-speed S tronic transmits power from the five-cylinder engine via three shafts: one drive shaft and two output shafts. Like all dual-clutch transmissions, it comprises two transmission structures. The driver can operate the seven-gear S tronic in two automatic modes and one manual mode.
Widened to a 1,564-millimeter (61.57-inch) track, the front suspension is a McPherson strut construction, also with a separate subframe. The sports suspension lowers the body of the RS 3 Sportback by 25 millimeters (0.98 inch) compared with the A3. The new range-topping model in the A3 series boasts 19-inch cast aluminum wheels fitted with 235/35 series tires at the front and 225/35 at the rear.