The new Audi RS3 is here! It sticks with 394bhp but gets substantial chassis changes for a more dynamic drive.

For those that complained that the Audi RS3 didn’t have enough about it to elevate it to the top of the hyper hatch market, say hello to the new Audi RS3, a car that promises to deliver sharper dynamics and even a little fun with the inclusion of a RS Torque Rear mode, in other words, a drift mode.

It’s new RS Torque Rear mode is possible thanks to a new torque-vectoring rear differential that allows it to mechanically split the power sent to either rear wheels depending on the drive mode selected. As you can imagine, “drift mode” sends 100% of the torque to the outside wheel in order to increase oversteer. OK, because the quattro system is front-wheel drive bias, the rear wheels will only ever see 50% of the total engine power.

New Audi RS3

At the front, wider track, bespoke pivot bearings and stiffer lower wishbones, subframes and stabilisers all help tighten up the front for a sharper turn in, only aided by an extra degree of negative camber compared to regular A3 models as well as sitting 25mm lower.

New Audi RS3 figures

Let’s get down to business. Producing 394bhp and 369lb ft (up 15 lb ft) from its 2.5-litre turbocharged five-cylinder engine and mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, 0-62mph comes about in 3.8 seconds while top speed is limited to 155mph, with an optional 174mph limiter with the standard brakes or 180mph with carbon ceramics. Crucially, that 0-62mph is down 0.3 seconds on its predecessor, as well as being 0.1 seconds faster than its AMG A45 S rival.

New Audi RS3

Finally, the new Audi RS3 is available with a new variable sports exhaust system, allowing you to switch between a loud or quiet exhaust note.

The full Audi RS3 reveal is right around the corner, we’ll bring you more when we find out.

New Audi RS3

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