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Audi RS3 goes laptime hunting at Nurburgring

As we have previously reported, Audi is in the process of developing a brand new hot hatch: that’s right, an Audi RS3.

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Recently, the RS3 was spied undergoing testing at the ubiquitous Nurburgring during a shake-down session to get the car ready for when it goes on sale in 2011. Audi’s upcoming fastest hatchback will be powered by the same engine found in the just-released Audi TT RS – a turbocharged 2.5L 5-cylinder producing 340HP and will put up a 0 to 60mph time of 4.6 seconds on it’s way up to a top speed of 179mph. It is also anticipated that this first generation Audi RS3 will sport the popular rear-biased quattro all-wheel-drive to give hatchback even sportier handling.

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hit the jump for more spy pics!

In these pictures some of the design cues of an RS model from quattro GmbH can be seen with the much larger air intakes, somewhat flared wheel arches and larger wheels and show that the Audi RS3 will not shy away from its sporting heritage. Look for the RS3 to drop in  2011.

(Special thanks to Andrus @ Globalmotors.net for the tip!)