Audi’s A3 will be the latest model to wear the German brand’s RS badge.
The new RS3 is based on the five-door sportback version of the A3 and will be priced from £39,990. Order books are open now and first deliveries are expected in April 2011.
The RS3’s 2.5-litre 338bhp engine is mated to a seven-speed S tronic twin-clutch transmission and will reach 0-62mph in 4.6 seconds. Audi says it’s possible to return 31mpg.
Exterior kit includes a deeper front apron that incorporates enlarged air intakes, an anthracite coloured single-frame grille with diamond-patterned styling and xenon plus headlamps.
The side view has flared, lightweight front wings covering 19-inch alloy wheels, mirror casings in matt aluminium look and a large roof spoiler.
Inside, sports seats are upholstered in Nappa leather with silver contrasting stitching, and inlays are finished in piano black or the new aluminium race look.
Standard equipment also includes a sport button, acoustic rear parking sensors, electronic climate control, DVD-based satellite navigation with multi media interface functionality and xenon plus headlights with LED daytime running lights.
Optional features include front bucket seats, roof rails in matt aluminium look and styling packages in black or matt aluminium. Five exterior colours are available, plus a selection of custom paint finishes.