A few days ago, Carwow did a comparison review between the brand-new Audi RS3 Sportback and the Mercedes-AMG A45. Now, though, Mat Watson is back with just the RS3 Sportback and does a POV review. With a camera strapped to his head, Watson gets in the RS3 and gives it a good flogging on a closed road course. It’s well worth a watch.
The review is short but it really shows off what the RS3 is capable of. We always see video reviews of performance cars with clever editing to show off what a car can do. But in those videos, we never get a real sense of what it actually can do. From Watson’s POV cam, we can watch how accurately his steering inputs react, how fast the car accelerates and the level of speed he’s carrying through corners. It’s really impressive.
Under the hood of the Audi RS3 Sportback is a 2.5 liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine making 400 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque. That allows it to get from 0-60 mph in a claimed 4.1 seconds. We get to see that 0-60 mph acceleration run first person in this video. It looks quick and seems like it feels quick. And launch control couldn’t be easier. Just hold the brake pedal with one foot, mash the gas with the other, wait until the revs stop at around 3,000 rpm and dump the brake. Then it fires like a rocket.
Through the corners, Watson carries almost silly speed. There are points where he’s going 60-70 mph through bends and the RS3’s Quattro grip is tenacious. It also shows that while the RS3 isn’t the sharpest handling car in its segment, it certainly has the most grip.
But none of that is as impressive as watching the car get some air. Over a pretty large bump, Watson launches the car at a pretty high speed and gets air over the bump. Then, as the car comes back down, he gets a double bounce, sending it back into the air. Expletives ensue and Watson has to calm down and pull over. It’s pretty funny and also pretty cool. Worth a watch.