Audi RS 3 2011 sporty version of weak A3
The last time we drove an Audi A3, back in 2006, our review fumed the German firm’s Middle East office so much that they stopped all contact with us since then, choosing to ignore the brown guys with the cute little website. While the joke is on them now, it doesn’t change the fact that the A3 is a dynamically-challenged car. After years of sitting on the market, Audi finally sees it fit to release an RS 3 version of the hatchback.
The 2011 Audi RS 3 Sportback is powered by a 2.5-litre turbocharged 5-cylinder engine with 340 hp and 449 Nm of torque, mated to a 7-speed “S-Tronic” dual-clutch automanual transmission, as well as 17 psi of boost putting down power via a “Quattro” all-wheel-drive system. This gives the RS 3 a claimed 0-100 kph capability of 4.6 seconds, with an electronically-limited top speed of 250 kph.
Other features include some cabin trim and lower suspension with new coilovers.
European deliveries of the RS 3 Sportback will begin in early 2011. It is unlikely the RS 3 will be imported to any GCC country, let alone the UAE, as is obvious by how many regular A3 models roam the streets. Maybe my Audi A3 review had something to do with it.
Keep track of updates in the Audi A3 buyer guide.