2015 Audi RS 3 Sportback

Friday Video – Audi RS 3 ‘Birth’

Audi has a habit of producing some rather decent adverts. There was the epic sounding R8 V10 plus one from a couple of years ago, and further back there’s the Audi 100 quattro driving up a ski jump. However, this latest one is rather bold, even by Ingolstadt’s usual standards. Take a look for yourself – our comments are below:

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Friday Photo – The Geneva 2015 ‘known knowns’ Gallery

A few years ago, Donald Rumsfeld made an infamous speech talking about things we know, and don’t know about. Ahead of the Geneva Motor Show next week, we’ve got a gallery covering the new cars we already know will be there. That’s mainly because the manufacturers have already spoilt the surprise by showing them to us. 

The past few weeks have seen a flurry of activity from automakers across the world, as they’ve revealed and announced all-new cars to be shown off at the Swiss show. Here’s a few of the ones we’ve already seen:

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Naturally, these are just a few of the highlights – there’ll be much more to see.  Of course, there’s also another category of cars – the ‘known unknowns’ – which includes ones we know will most probably be there, but don’t know the full details on. Like the Honda Civic Type R and the new Porsche 911 GT3 RS ; although so much information on the latter has been leaked, it might as well be a ‘known known’ now. But there are others, such as the expected Lamborghini Aventador SV and a mystery Bentley concept car. (more…)

New – Audi RS 3 Sportback

Audi teased us about a potential new RS 3 model earlier in the year with the A3 Clubsport quattro concept. Fast-forward a few months and the real thing is here, albeit in five-door Sportback only form. So, what are the details of the new very hot-hatchback?

Audi RS 3 Sportback

Let’s get the headline chasing figures out of the way first. This is still technically a hot-hatchback, but one with the potential to do 0-62 mph in 4.3 seconds, and a potential top speed of 174 mph – should you tick the right options box. That’s right, a family hatch’ that could outrun a number of sports cars and super saloons – especially those pegged by 155 mph limiters.

Audi RS 3 Sportback

Most significant is the fact the RS 3 retains the wonderful 2.5 litre five-cylinder engine from its predecessor, rather than stick to the current trend of downsizing. Audi has heavily reworked this classic power unit to increase power output to 362 bhp (367 PS), along with 343 lb-ft of torque – increases of 27 bhp and 11 lb-ft over the original RS 3. Naturally, fuel economy and C02 emissions have also improved, but with an official combined 34 mpg it’s still hardly an eco-car!

Audi RS 3 Sportback

Audi has gone to lengths to ensure the unique and iconic offbeat sound from the five-cylinder engine enters the cabin of the RS 3, with exhaust flaps to provide an ‘intensive sound experience’ depending on engine load and speed. The flaps can also be controlled by the driver, probably to allow the option to not annoy your neighbours every time you leave home. However, an optional sports exhaust system exists should you want to turn things up to 11 and not care what anyone else thinks! If you need to know what’s so special about the sound, try this for a starter. We’re also rather shocked the RS 3 only has two exhaust tailpipes – not four, like virtually every other performance car that we’ve seen this year! (more…)