2018 Audi RS 3 Sportback arrives in Australia

Lighter and faster Audi RS 3 Sportback now available

Audi RS 3 Sportback

Audi dealerships are now welcoming the sportback (or hatchback) version of the new Audi RS 3.

Joining the sedan version, which arrived locally in June, the 2018 Audi RS 3 Sportback also boasts Audi’s new 294kW (up 24kW on the old model) and 480Nm 2.5 litre five-cylinder engine.

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The engine comes mated exclusively to a seven-speed dual-clutch S tronic transmission and, not surprisingly, the Audi features quattro all-wheel drive as standard.

The new RS 3 Sportback is also slightly lighter than the outgoing model and this helps reduce the 0-100km/h sprint time by 0.2 seconds to just 4.1 seconds.

RS sport suspension has also been fitted, as well as beefed-up brakes – including eight-piston brake calipers (front).

Behind the 19” alloys are huge 370mm ventilated rotors (front) and 310mm discs at the rear.

Already holding a five-star ANCAP safety rating the new RS 3 Sportback also comes standard with driver assist systems such as active lane assist, and adaptive cruise control.

While the interior gets an array of additions, including the Audi virtual cockpit, digital radio and a 10-speaker Audi sound system.

Audi RS 3 Sportback blueA full $4,000 cheaper than the sedan version, the new RS 3 Sportback is available now from $80,900.

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