2015 Audi RS3 Revealed, Australian Launch Confirmed Photo:
2011_audi_rs3_australia_debut_unclear_interior_03 Photo: tmr
2011_audi_rs3_australia_debut_unclear_01 Photo: tmr
2011_audi_rs3_australia_debut_unclear_06 Photo: tmr
2011_audi_rs3_australia_debut_unclear_12 Photo: tmr
2015_audi_rs_3_overseas_07 Photo: tmr
2011_audi_rs3_australia_debut_unclear_interior_02 Photo: tmr
2011_audi_rs3_australia_debut_unclear_interior_06 Photo: tmr
2011_audi_rs3_australia_debut_unclear_02 Photo: tmr
2011_audi_rs3_australia_debut_unclear_10 Photo: tmr
2015_audi_rs_3_overseas_01 Photo: tmr
2011_audi_rs3_australia_debut_unclear_14 Photo: tmr
2015 Audi RS 3 - Overseas Photo:
2011_audi_rs3_australia_debut_unclear_interior_07 Photo: tmr
2011_audi_rs3_australia_debut_unclear_03 Photo: tmr
2015_audi_rs_3_overseas_02 Photo: tmr
2011_audi_rs3_australia_debut_unclear_09 Photo: tmr
2011_audi_rs3_australia_debut_unclear_interior_01 Photo: tmr
2015_audi_rs_3_overseas_01a Photo: tmr
2011_audi_rs3_australia_debut_unclear_interior_05 Photo: tmr
2011_audi_rs3_australia_debut_unclear_04 Photo: tmr
2015_audi_rs_3_overseas_04 Photo: tmr
2011_audi_rs3_australia_debut_unclear_08 Photo: tmr
2011_audi_rs3_australia_debut_unclear_13 Photo: tmr
2015_audi_rs_3_overseas_05 Photo: tmr
2011_audi_rs3_australia_debut_unclear_interior_04 Photo: tmr
2011_audi_rs3_australia_debut_unclear_05 Photo: tmr
2011_audi_rs3_australia_debut_unclear_07 Photo: tmr
2011_audi_rs3_australia_debut_unclear_11 Photo: tmr
2015_audi_rs_3_overseas_06 Photo: tmr
Mike Stevens | Dec, 12 2014 | 6 Comments

Now isn’t this a pleasant way to welcome a Friday? Here is Audi’s all-new RS 3 Sportback hot hatch, revealed in Europe this week ahead of a mid-2015 launch.

As expected - and hoped - the new RS 3 is again powered by a five-cylinder turbocharged engine, its 2.5 litre heart churning out a hefty 270kW and 465Nm.

That makes the new RS 3 a fine-line 5kW and 15Nm meaner than its key rival the turbocharged 2.0 litre four-cylinder Mercedes-AMG A 45.

And, with a claimed 4.3 second 0-100km/h time, the Audi is a tight 0.3 seconds quicker.

This new RS 3 arrives just over four years on from the debut of its impressive predecessor, which was driven by an earlier version of the same 2.5 litre engine that produced 250kW and 450Nm.

But, unlike that hero, this new RS 3 is coming to Australia.

Speaking with TMR today, Audi Australia’s Shaun Cleary confirmed a late 2015 launch for our market. Other details, such as pricing and specification, will be revealed closer to launch.


What’s It Got?

Apart from the newly revised 2.5 litre five-cylinder turbocharged fan-favourite engine, the new RS 3 is packing a host of other performance goodies.

Underneath it all is the Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform - just as the regular A3 has - and its high-strength steel and aluminium bonnet all contribute to the new model’s 55kg weight saving, now down to 1520kg.

Sending power to the wheels is a seven-speed dual-clutch auto, enhanced and tuned specifically for a performance application.

There’s auto and manual shifting modes, and when set to Dynamic mode, the shifter delivers automatic double-clutching.

All of this is set to a modified electro-hydraulic multi-plate clutch all-wheel-drive setup, now 1.4kg lighter and mounted inside the rear axle.

Audi says motivation is continuously varied across both axles, with between 50 and 100 percent of power sent to the rear as needed.

Electronically-controlled torque vectoring is also featured, braking individual wheels for greater composure through spirited cornering.

A two-stage exhaust is packed into the new RS 3, utilising flaps to control flow back of the muffler and boosting the sonic delights.

Brakes are 370mm ventilated steel discs and eight-piston callipers at the front and 310mm discs with single-piston grabbers at the rear, although buyers will also have the option of 370mm carbo-ceramic front discs.

Suspension is by a heavily revised version of the new S3’s setup, including MacPherson struts at the front and a multi-link deal at the rear.

The RS 3 sits lower, but it also gets aluminium pivot bearings at the front.

As its flared panels suggest, the RS 3’s track is 24mm wider at the front (1559mm) and 4mm wider at the rear (1515mm).

A magnetic ride system for adaptive damping will be offered as an option, packaged into the Drive Select system that offers Comfort, Auto, Dynamic and Individual settings for throttle, steering and damping.

Big 19-inch wheels are standard, wrapped in 235/35 rubber at both ends - although wide rims with 255/30 front rubber can be optioned.

On the styling front, there is of course the usual haul of RS-specific tweaks, including unique bumpers and skirts.

Likewise, the cabin gets leather seats and an Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel, and buyers can opt for 7kg lighter RS bucket seats.

Watch for Australian details on the new RS 3 to surface over the coming year.

MORE: Audi S, RS, R8 News & Reviews

TMR Comments

Finance Calculator

Repayment is : $

Latest Comments
The size of your tyre is located on the sidewall of your tyre.
It will be similar to the sample below.