The 2016 Audi RS3 Sportback is an update of last generation’s RS3 hatch, with several updates to help improve both design and function. While the car will boast valuable equipment in the form of MMI navigation systems, temperature gauges, and even a lap timer, the quality of the car’s design and the high performance rate of its engine are what make this particular automobile truly worthy of anticipation. It will soon go on sale in Germany and then in other countries in Europe and Asia.
Exterior and Interior Design
Audi’s new compact machine is designed as a five-door hatch with a bevy of optional design features (the carbon engine cover among the best of them). The 19-inch wheels are equipped with standard tires, although wider front tires can be acquired as an optional add-on. While this may give the hatchback an appearance of stability, it is clear from the size of the forward intakes that this car is made to burn rubber. The 2016 Audi RS3 Sportback has carried over some key design traits from the previous generation, evidenced by the size of the rear cannons and the aluminum side mirrors. There will be eight available paint jobs, including the RS3-exclusive metallic finish. Colors include Nardo grey, Mythos metallic black, Daytona pearl grey, Catalunya metallic red (you can see it in the photos), Sepang pearl blue (also in the photos below), Glacier metallic white, Floret metallic silver, and Panther crystal black.
The interior of the 2016 Audi RS3 Sportback screams “speed demon” every bit as loudly as the exterior. The sleek seats and steering wheel are dressed in real black leather, while imitation suede accentuates the door panels. On the off-chance that you find yourself unable to handle as much speed as this vehicle gives you, you’ll have nothing to fear with the inclusion of side airbags. And if the leather motif somehow isn’t sleek enough for you, you can trade in the leather seats for carbon.
Engine, Specs, Performance
A team of Hungarians has hand-crafted a 2.5L turbocharged five-cylinder petrol engine with care to ensure top performance. While the previous generation boasted 340 PS, the new 2016 Audi RS3 Sportback will raise that number to 367 PS (362 horsepower) and at the same time deliver 465 Nm of torque (343 pound-feet). The 7-speed dual-clutch transmission transfers all that power to all wheels (the car features quattro FWD system). Some gearheads will no doubt be disappointed that the only version of this model will be automatic (although this is a veritable boon to those who are unable to drive a stick).
However, the true feat of this transmission is its seventh gear, which is designed to limit the rate at which the car burns fuel at high speeds. The oil-filled clutch is also a revelation, as it allows the car to switch gears in less than a heartbeat. In just over 4 seconds the new RS3 Sportback can accelerate to 62 mph from a perfect stand-still, topping out around 155 miles per hour. Of course, those who drop a little extra on the sticker price can raise this number by a full 19 mph to a total of 174 mph.
2016 Audi RS3 Sportback Release Date, Price
Right now, Audi isn’t quite sure how to handle this car’s release. They have not decided whether or not the 2016 Audi RS3 Sportback will make a trip stateside, nor are they certain whether or not it will maintain the same design if it does. They’re currently hinging on the idea of cutting the hatch and releasing it as a simple four-door. Anyway, it will most certainly go on sale in Germany, other European countries and Asia by the end of this year. The recommended price is £39,955 which is more than €55,000 or about $60,800.
For more details, you can check out this PDF brochure.
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