The Audi RS3 has received a significant mid-cycle upgrade which includes the addition of an all-new sedan version to accompany the carryover hatchback bodystyle. Here are some interesting facts about Audi’s latest five-pot screamer.
The RS3 sedan is the first compact sedan in Audi’s history to wear an RS (RennSport) badge.
Though it’s been available in Europe since 2011 as part of the previous-generation A3 range, the RS3 badge only made it to Australia in late 2015.
While it’s an all-new car it’s actually part of a mid-cycle upgrade to the RS3, with both sedan and new hatch being almost identical from the B-pillars forward.
The five-cylinder turbo engine is 26kg lighter than before, thanks to the crankcase switching to an aluminium construction instead of heavy cast iron.
The inline engine is transversely (sideways) mounted and is identical to the one under the bonnet of the Audi TT RS coupe/roadster.
The RS3 sedan has a 0-100 km/h sprint time of 4.1 seconds – 0.2 sec quicker than the old hatch.
A quarter of Audi A3 Sportbacks sold in Australia last year wore an RS badge.
The RS3 sedan became available in Australia before most other markets – the new hatch will arrive towards the end of 2017