New Audi RS 3 Sedan now on sale in Australia from $84,900

The new Audi RS 3 sedan has arrived in Australia, packing the most powerful five-cylinder engine Audi has ever made for a production car.

Revealed earlier this year, the new RS 3 is based on the recently updated A3 sedan. It features an aggressive yet subtle aero kit, with deeper front intakes, a neat diffuser and lip spoiler at the back, and a set of 19-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 235/35 tyres.

As for the go-fast bits under the bonnet. There sits a 2.5-litre turbocharged five-cylinder engine developing a colossal 294kW of power and 480Nm of torque. This is a freshly developed version of the iconic engine.

It’s able to produce this much power thanks to a large turbocharger running at up to 19.6psi, with dual injection (direct and multi-point), Audi valvelift technology, and all housed in a new aluminium crankcase that saves 26kg over the previous engine.

This is sent through a seven-speed dual-clutch S tronic transmission which is lighter in weight compared with the previous setup, with all-wheel drive ensuring maximum grip.

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Off the line the new RS 3 sedan is able to conquer the 0-100km/h sprint in just 4.1 seconds, which is 0.2 seconds quicker than the predecessor. Despite this incredible performance, fuel economy is rated at 8.4L/100km on the combined cycle.

As standard the new model comes with Audi’s virtual cockpit display for the driver, just like the latest S3, along with a comprehensive MMI media interface with a 180W, 10-speaker sound system. Users also get a 10GB storage drive, digital radio, and Audi Connect with in-car Wi-Fi hotspot functionality.

Audi Australia says the new model is on sale now, with prices starting from $84,900 (excluding on-roads). A $5900 RS performance pack is available as an option, bringing special Audi Sport ‘rotor’ wheels, magnetic ride suspension, and a Bang & Olufsen stereo.

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. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.