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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.
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Audi‘s S3 hatchback is a pretty slick hatchback, hitting 60 mph in under 6 seconds and pushing 265 horsepower from its 2.0L turbo four-banger while carrying yourself and a couple passengers in style and comfort.
The S3 is also musically talented, and it has nothing to do with Audi’s Bang & Olufsen stereo either. This Spanish-language ad for the S3 shows off the S4′s auditory prowess by using a succession of wine glasses as chimes. As the car accelerates, the tempo increases, until the caption reads “In Crescendo”. Hopefully that doesn’t need translation.
Audi has yet to import their bonkers TT-RS to North America, and the odds that it will make it over here are about the same as the Kansas City Royals winning the World Series. The 335 horsepower five-cylinder is enticing, but the $66,000 price tag is sure to put a lot of prospective buyers off.
For those who don’t feel like dropping that much money on a TT, Audi will have the same powerplant tucked into a much more practical package, in the form of a five-door A3 hatchback. The RS3, as its sure to be known, will get the five-banger, a revised fascia as well as bigger brakes. Nothing has been revealed about the chassis tuning, but you can equally be sure that some new suspension bits will be included as well.
The A3 hasn’t been a rousing success in North America, but a fast version would go a long way to lift the cars profile among the public. The only question is, will anyone be willing to fork over what is sure to be a hefty price tag for a 350 horsepower hatchback?
Recently spy photogs caught the upcoming TT-RS testing on Germany’s famed Nürburgring. See the link below for the pics:
[Source: Left Lane News]