The all-new 2015 Audi RS3 Sportback is here folks and promises to be the most powerful compact car in the premium segment.
When it comes to design, the 2015 RS3 Sportback features the well-known Singleframe grille finished in high-gloss black, honeycomb-look grille and a frame in matt aluminum look. Large air intakes dominate the front end design. When viewed from the profile, the vehicle shows chiseled side sills, matt aluminum-look mirror housings and a large roof spoiler.
At the rear there is a high-gloss black diffuser insert with honeycomb grille and four bars plus two large, oval tailpipes. Eight paint finishes are available, include the new Nardo Gray and Catalunya Red, metallic which is exclusive to the RS3 Sportback.
Inside, there is a flat-bottomed RS multifunction sport steering wheel, black instrument cluster, newly developed RS bucket seats with integrated airbags and the standard parking system plus and MMI radio.
The newly advanced steering system comes standard and can vary its ratio between 15.3:1 and 10.9:1 as part of the steering input function. Its effective, electromechanical servo boost provides RS-specific settings.
Audi’s adaptive magnetic ride damping system with magnetorheological fluid-filled dampers is an available option. Its functional traits are modifiable through Audi drive select with comfort, auto, dynamic, and individual settings.
The internal-ventilated disc brakes are 370mm in diameter in front and 310 mm in back. The front friction rings have a wave design that saves weight and perforation to maximise dissipating heat. A pin connects them to aluminium brake caps and they have black-painted (available in red) eight-piston fixed callipers with RS logos gripping them.
Available ceramic brakes
Included in the tech differentiating the all-new RS 3 Sportback from its rivals are the available carbon-fibre ceramic brake discs on the axle at the front. They also measure 370 mm and are gripped by anthracite-grey callipers.
The renowned framework housing the integrated advanced is the Volkswagen modular transverse matrix (MQB) with its severe lightweight construction model. The occupant cell has many elements of super-high strength and hot-shaped steels, and the hood is aluminium. The engine’s transverse orientation, combined with the multi-plate clutch in front of and battery located in the back of the rear axle, adds to a favourable distribution of load to the axle.
The significant abilities making this vehicle worthy of the RS emblem are also seen at the car’s front by the highly glossed black, honeycombed treatment of the Singleframe grille, with a matte aluminium frame, by the prominent air inlet under the frame for the license plate and by the ample side inlets surrounded by daring contours. The blade incorporated into the apron in front reaches up into the air inlets, forming an upright dividing bar.