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 |  May 29 2014, 7:32 AM

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Audi is offering an even closer look at the A3 Clubsport Quattro Concept in a new series of videos.

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 |  Apr 24 2014, 5:28 PM

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Audi is readying the next hot hatch to join the German automaker’s lineup.

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 |  Jul 11 2012, 12:28 PM

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We might have some fancy cars over here in the USA, but there are quite a few vehicles overseas that we can’t help but think are desperately missing from our shores. More than a few are niche market models perfect for auto-enthusiasts, while others are more stylish or practical than what’s currently available in the US. And some are both.

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 |  Jul 05 2011, 4:13 PM

Audi is still debating on whether or not to give us the Q3 crossover, which they secretly know would sell in droves to the purse-dog-carrying set. And to tantalize us even more, they’ve gone ahead and built some with the 2.5-liter turbocharged 5-cylinder that propels the TT-RS and RS3.

Like Germany’s answer to the GMC Typhoon, the Q3 comes with all-wheel drive and turbocharged motivation, in this case producing 300 horsepower instead of the  340 in the RS models. The Q3 also gets stealth mode: the only clue to the über-engine are small 2.5 TFSI badges and a new wheel and tire package.

The Q3 won’t go on sale in Europe for another year, and won’t go on sale in America until the end of time. But given Audi’s sales successes in America, one year will be ample time for its bosses to reconsider granting us the quick cute-ute.

[Source: Car and Driver]

 |  Jun 18 2011, 10:30 AM

Readers of sport auto, the German magazine, sure favor Audi products. In their “Sportiest Cars Of 2011″ category, the four rings claimed seven victories for S- and RS- branded models.

Yet Porsche and Mercedes are also claiming tops in the number of cars chosen: Porsche also lists seven podium victories for their cars, while Mercedes claims that the SLS is their victor in the Super Sport category. Oh, the drama! But sport auto’s annual poll is no small endeavor: 11,392 readers participated in this year’s poll, choosing 9-12 cars each among 25 categories diverse enough to rank a Renault Laguna V6 dCi coupe next to a bronze, 600-horsepower Hamann Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG. Audi took 40.1% of reader votes, primarily with the RS3 Sportback. The Audi TT-RS and TTS Coupe also placed in the top three, along with the Audi S3, the Audi A5 diesel and the Audi R8 Spyder among their respective categories.

No surprise there that their readers will root for the home team. But Audi, if you’re paying attention: capitalize on this good PR—and those strong, skyrocketing American sales figures—and maybe bring some RS cars here, bitte?

 |  Mar 01 2011, 7:50 AM

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The Audi RS3 Sportback is another hot hatch out of most people’s ballpark, but that won’t stop us from bringing you live shots of it as it makes its first appearance at the Geneva Auto Show.

With a 340 horsepower, 332 lb-ft turbocharged 5-cylinder engine and a 7-speed dual clutch transmission, the RS3 can hit 60 mph in 4.6 seconds. Helping bring this car to a halt are 14.57″ 4-piston brakes up front and 12.2″ rears. Wider fenders, a blacked-out grille and a lower ride height help give off subtle cues as to what this car can do. Think of it as a TT-RS in a more practical package.

Gallery: Audi RS3 Sportback

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 |  Jan 19 2011, 6:30 PM

Audi‘s finest test drivers got to wring out the new RS3 Sportback in on some powder-strewn Canadian roads this past week, and lucky for us, they were kind enough to film the whole thing. Powered by the same 340 horsepower 5-cylinder in the TT-RS, the cost of the TT-RS will likely stop it from being imported, but at least we can marvel at its capabilities from afar.

[Source: Audi]

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 |  Nov 25 2010, 3:11 PM

Having just introduced the new RS3 Sportback model, Audi Exclusive is now offering a sporty Black Optics package. The package enhances the aesthetics of the RS3 sportback by offering a new front grille, grille frame, license plate holder and highly polished back exhaust tips.

While those changes are subtle, the set of wheels that comes with the package are pretty bold. Boasting a red and black theme, the thick five-spoke design adds a ton of sportiness to the RS3 Sportback.

And for those wanting a little more, a Matte Aluminum styling package will also be available. The front spoiler, mounts on the front lower air intakes, trim on the door handles, lateral fins, roof spoiler and upper edge of the rear diffuser can all be offered in an aluminum finish.

We’re still a little iffy about the wheels, but this is certainly a nice way to further beef-up the 340-hp luxury hot hatch.

[Source: Topspeed]

 |  Nov 25 2010, 9:47 AM

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After officially revealing the car earlier this week Audi has now released some B-roll video footage of the RS3 hot hatch. Powered by the same turbocharged 2.5-liter 5-cylinder found in the TT-RS, the RS3 Sportback makes 340-hp and 332 ft-lbs of torque. Mated to a 7-speed S tronic dual clutch transmission and using Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive system the car can blast to 62-mph in just 4.6 seconds.

Added grip and improved handling come thanks to 19-inch wheels with 235/39/19 front tires and 225/35/19 rear tires (yes, the front tires are wider). That matches up with a front track that is just over an inch wider as well, while the overall ride height has been dropped by one inch. An ultra-precise 16.2:1 steering ratio makes the RS3 really turn when you point it.

Helping to cut weight, the wider front tires are now made of carbon fiber.

Improved braking is also a part of the package thanks to 4-piston front brake calipers with massive 14.57-inch rotors (370mm), while the rear brakes run 12.2-inch rotors.

The exterior of the RS3 isn’t quite as dramatic as past RS models, with the fenders bulging less, still, there’s a massive front grille with more aggressively designed side intakes. Side skirts, matte-aluminum mirror housings, a roof spoiler, black diffuser, two exhaust pipes and several RS3 badges round out the design.

Inside, it’s pure Audi luxury with Nappa leather, silver stitching and piano black or Aluminum Race trim, with a flat-bottom steering wheel.

Audi has made several nods to enthusiasts with this car, including a stability control system that can be turned completely off, while including a lap timer in the driver information screen. Plus, a Sport button activates flaps in the exhaust system to really let the engine howl.

Unfortunately, you’ll have to be a rich enthusiasts to afford the RS3 Sportback, with the price set at 49,900 Euros. That’s $68,000… yikes.

Sadly, that number is mostly irrelevant on this side of the Atlantic as Audi has announced now plans to sell the RS3 in North America.

GALLERY: Audi RS3

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 |  Nov 22 2010, 8:17 AM

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With the current A3 model nearing the end of its production cycle, Audi will send the car out with a bang, announcing an all new RS3 model. Putting even the Golf R to shame, the RS3 Sportback produces an incredible 340-hp and 332 ft-lbs of torque from the same turbocharged 2.5-liter 5-cylinder engine found in the TT-RS. Mated to a 7-speed S tronic dual clutch transmission and using Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive system the car can blast to 62-mph in just 4.6 seconds.

Added grip and improved handling come thanks to 19-inch wheels with 235/39/19 front tires and 225/35/19 rear tires (yes, the front tires are wider). That matches up with a front track that is just over an inch wider as well, while the overall ride height has been dropped by one inch. An ultra-precise 16.2:1 steering ratio makes the RS3 really turn when you point it.

Helping to cut weight, the wider front tires are now made of carbon fiber.

Improved braking is also a part of the package thanks to 4-piston front brake calipers with massive 14.57-inch rotors (370mm), while the rear brakes run 12.2-inch rotors.

The exterior of the RS3 isn’t quite as dramatic as past RS models, with the fenders bulging less, still, there’s a massive front grille with more aggressively designed side intakes. Side skirts, matte-aluminum mirror housings, a roof spoiler, black diffuser, two exhaust pipes and several RS3 badges round out the design.

Inside, it’s pure Audi luxury with Nappa leather, silver stitching and piano black or Aluminum Race trim, with a flat-bottom steering wheel.

Audi has made several nods to enthusiasts with this car, including a stability control system that can be turned completely off, while including a lap timer in the driver information screen. Plus, a Sport button activates flaps in the exhaust system to really let the engine howl.

Unfortunately, you’ll have to be a rich enthusiasts to afford the RS3 Sportback, with the price set at 49,900 Euros. That’s $68,000… yikes.

Sadly, that number is mostly irrelevant on this side of the Atlantic as Audi has announced now plans to sell the RS3 in North America.

GALLERY: Audi RS3 Sportback

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 |  Nov 01 2010, 7:33 AM

It was supposed to arrive at the Paris Auto Show, but never did. Still, rumors persist and the latest spy photos certainly seem to indicate that Audi is pushing ahead with plans to deliver an RS-badged high-performance version of the A3 hatch.

While new photos of the hotted-up hatch testing have surfaced, more important shots have been snapped of several RS3 badged parts. One includes a speedometer that goes all the way to 310 km/h (192 mph), indicating the much more potent engine under the hood. Another shows an RS3-badged steering wheel, complete with paddle shifters, indicating the RS3 will get Audi’s 7-speed S tronic dual clutch gearbox. That transmission is believed to be mated to the same turbocharged 2.5-liter 5-cylinder as found in the TT-RS making a solid 345-hp.

Previous reports have indicated that like BMW’s 1 Seires M Coupe, the Audi RS3 will only be available in a limited quantity of 2,700 units.

Look for the RS3 to debut at the Geneva Auto Show in March.

[Source: AutoExpress]

 |  Sep 15 2010, 9:57 AM

Audi may just be planning an onslaught of high-performance products at the upcoming Paris Auto Show, with the latest rumor suggesting the RS3 will finally make its production debut.

According to GermanCarBlog, dealers in the UK have already started taking orders for the car, which will be limited to just 2700 units. That number makes us suspicious of the rumor as its the same allocation of cars BMW is planning for the new 1 Series M Coupe. Then again, the RS3 would be a competitor for the 1M.

While no confirmed details about the car have been provided, its believe to use a 340-hp version of the turbocharged 2.5-liter 5-cylinder found in the TT-RS.

Other high-performance four-ringed products rumored to debut in Paris include the S1, S7 and R4 electric sports car.

According to GermanCarBlog, one individual who already placed his RS3 order was also told by his dealer that the Q3 would be unveiled in Paris.

We’ll be sure to keep you updated with full Paris Auto Show coverage starting Sept. 30th.

[Source: GermanCarBlog]