Last year, Audi unveiled its RS3 Sedan for the US market, something we’ve been waiting ages for. It came with some exclusivity, too, as the Sedan came with a 400 hp variant of the 2.5 liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine, while the Sportback made do with just 367. Now, though, the Audi RS3 Sportback has been given a power bump to match its sedan sibling.
“The Audi RS 3 Sportback offers our customers an attractive introduction to the RS world,” said Stephan Winkelmann, CEO of Audi Sport GmbH. “Since 2011 the sporty compact model has proved itself extremely successful on the market. And with the new five-cylinder engine, the Audi RS 3 Sportback is at the head of its class and continuing that strong track record.”
With the new, more powerful and lighter variant of the turbo-five engine, the Audi RS3 Sportback is capable of getting from 0-62 mph in 4.1 seconds. This power is accentuated by some new sporty looks, such as the new blade in the front bumper that gives the RS3 Sportback a wider, more aggressive look. There are also new LED headlights, with Audi’s Matrix LED lights as an option.
Aside from the extra sporty looks and added power bump, the Audi RS3 Sportback is the same as it always was. It’s still the entry-level Audi RS model and the best do-it-all performance hot-hatchback. Unfortunately, the RS3 Sportback won’t be making it to the ‘States, so we’ll just have to get by the the Audi RS3 Sedan. What a shame.