Output from the updated RS 3’s 2.5 litre turbocharged inline five-cylinder engine jumps by 24kW and 15N, bringing total outputs up to 294kW and 480Nm - enough to outgun the Mercedes-AMG A 45 and its 280kW and 450Nm figures.
Audi claims a 4.1 seconds 0-100km/h time, slicing 0.2 seconds off the previous RS 3 sprint, thanks to a seven-speed dual clutch automatic and quattro all wheel drive. Fuel use is rated at 8.3 l/100km.
As before the RS 3 carries over its magnetic ride control adaptive dampers, wider front and rear tracks (compared to the regular A3) and 19-inch alloy wheels.
Styling gets an overhaul with new front a rear bumpers, tweaks to the air intakes, and the stepped headlight design seen on the rest of the updated A3 range.
On the inside the RS 3 Sportback features body-hugging front seats with Nappa leather trim, a flat-bottomed sports steering wheel with paddle shifters, and the latest generation of Audi’s MMI infotainment system including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Also added, Audi’s Virtual Cockpit digital instrument display, with RS-specific lap timer and boost gauges, as well as torque and G-force meters, plus a shift light when manual mode is selected.
The new RS 3 Sportback is scheduled for an August 2017 debut in Europe, and a third quarter of 2017 Australian arrival is scheduled, with local pricing and specifications to be confirmed closer to launch.