Audi has announced that it will unveil the latest addition to its RS lineup at the Geneva Motor Show in March, the 400 hp RS 3 Sportback.
Like the RS 3 Sedan that was revealed at the Paris Auto Show last year, the Sportback will feature the world’s most powerful five-cylinder engine, making 33 horsepower more than its predecessor and 354 pound-feet of torque. Unfortunately, the RS 3 Sportback is typically not available in North America, but the sedan version will luckily make it to our shores.
Along with the power, the new RS 3 Sportback is 57 pounds lighter than the car it replaces, and an inch wider and lower than the standard A3 Sportback.
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Power is routed to all four wheels via Audi’s seven-speed S tronic transmission. With variable torque splitting, the faster you drive, the more power is sent to the rear wheels.
Audi will fit the RS 3 Sportback with 19-inch cast wheels, and optional 12.2-inch carbon ceramic brake discs. Inside, Audi has installed a lap timer, boost pressure indicator, and shift lights.
The Audi RS 3 Sportback will be unveiled alongside the RS 5 DTM at Geneva and order books are set to open in Europe in April.