I was mighty impressed when I drove the all-new 2015 Audi S3 earlier this year, but I could definitely tell Audi left some room for a little more. That "more" will be the most powerful five-cylinder engine they've ever built. Meet the 2015 Audi RS3.
While it won't hit Europe until next spring, Audi tonight released the full specs and photos of what may be the baddest modern hatchback they've ever built. Here, the 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine puts out 362 horsepower and 343 pound-feet of torque. A zero to 60 mph run gets done in about four seconds.
Intelligent torque vectoring sends power to all four wheels (duh) via a new seven-speed S tronic transmission, re-worked for faster shifts. No mention gets made of a manual gearbox by Audi, so it seems manual fans are going to feel left out on this one.
The new RS3 salutes the Audi rally cars of yore in a big way: with its sound. Audi touts the car's 1 - 2 - 4 - 5 - 3 firing order as the same one they've used since their 1980s rally racers, and the new car has driver-controlled flaps in the exhaust pipes that control exhaust flow and bring the noise whenever you want. And that's just the standard one — there's also an optional sport exhaust.
In addition to the revised front and rear, the car also sports a magnetic ride suspension, optional ceramic brakes and a ton of other goodies.
It all sounds pretty sweet. Audi is reportedly still deciding whether to bring the RS3 to the U.S. For now the Sportback five-door hatch is the only bodystyle, but we've also heard rumblings a sedan might be in the works. I'd love to see that happen for America. Do it, Audi!