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Audi RS 3 Sportback on sale in Australia from $78,900

August 13, 2015

The 2015 Audi RS 3 Sportback super hatch will go on sale in Australia next month, becoming one of the most powerful and quickest hatchbacks on the market.

2015 Audi RS 3 Sportback-red

Based on the already-swift Audi S3 hatch, the RS 3 gets a meatier 2.5-litre turbocharged five-cylinder engine producing 270kW of power and 465Nm of torque. This is an upsize on the S3’s 2.0-litre four-cylinder. It offers an official average fuel consumption of 8.1L/100km over the S3’s 6.9L/100km rating.

Audi promises an “exhilarating” experience behind the wheel, with acceleration from 0-100km/h taken care of in just 4.3 seconds. This is an astonishing time for a five-door hatch. Part of the performance is thanks to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission hooked up to an all-wheel drive system.

Aside from the ballsier engine over the S3, the RS 3 gets the full ‘RS’ treatment including a bespoke bodykit and aero trimmings, a chunkier rear diffuser, special sports suspension, big brakes, and a set of 19-inch five-arm rotor-style alloy wheels.

Inside, it’s all about the drive. For the front passengers there’s a set of huge bucket seats with unique RS trim, a multi-tone decor with lots of racy RS highlights, and the usual luxuries and conveniences you’d expect with a top-line A3. Andrew Doyle, managing director of Audi Australia, said,

“With its imposing stance on the road, astonishingly good dynamics and distinctively ‘Audi Sport’ five-cylinder engine, the new RS 3 will undoubtedly make a strong mark on the local hot hatch scene. The sharp pricing and specification we’ve negotiated will ensure that this long-awaited performance model will find the success it deserves in this competitive market.”

The crazy little hatch will land in Australia in October. Prices start from $78,900 for the single variant. See below for the list of standard features as pointed out in Audi’s statement:

  • LED headlights with LED daytime running lights and LED tail lights
  • MMI Navigation plus with MMI touch
  • Audi parking system plus: parking assist with rear view camera
  • 19-inch alloy wheels in five-arm rotor design
  • ‘RS’ specific front and rear bumpers, side sill trims and diffuser insert
  • ‘RS’ tuned sports suspension
  • ‘RS’ sports exhaust system with dual oval tailpipes
  • ‘RS’ sport front seats with electric lumbar support
  • Digital Radio reception (DAB+)
  • Audi Music Interface, Bluetooth interface with music streaming
  • Dual-zone climate control with digital display and rear air vents
  • Leather/Alcantara wrapped multi-function three-spoke flat-bottom steering wheel with aluminium shift paddles
  • Audi Side Assist
  • Anti-theft alarm
  • Convenience key

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.