Audi RS3 Sportback Debuts With 367 HP

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

The Audi RS3 Sportback has been unveiled ahead of its official debut at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.

Sporting the most powerful five-cylinder engine in RS history, the RS3 Sportback will be equipped with a 2.5-liter TFSI engine producing 367 hp and 343 lb-ft of torque, allowing it to accelerate from 0-62 mph in 4.3 seconds with a top speed of 174 mph.

Mated to the 2.5-liter five-cylinder turbocharged engine is a seven-speed transmission that Audi says “shifts even faster than in the previous model.” Naturally as an RS model, the RS3 Sportback comes with Quattro all-wheel drive

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Compared to the standard Audi A3 Sportback, the RS3 Sportback sits an inch closer to the ground, has progressive steering, an RS-specific sport suspension and optional Audi magnetic ride adaptive damper control. Located behind the front 19-inch wheels can be the optional carbon fiber ceramic brake discs, which is a first in the premium compact segment. The front brakes are paired to eight-piston calipers which will help the 3,350-lb hot hatch stop on a dime.

It still isn’t confirmed if Audi will bring the RS3 to the U.S., but if it does, it’ll be in the form of a traditional sedan rather than a five-door hatchback.

“There is a long tradition of five-cylinder engines at Audi,” said Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Board Member for Technical Development at Audi AG. “In the 80s, they turned Audi into a sporty brand, both in motor sports and in production. The new Audi RS 3 Sportback features the latest generation of our 2.5 liter, five‑cylinder engine – the most powerful production engine in the modular transverse matrix.”

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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