Audi rs3 2016 review




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  • The Audi RS 3 Sportback is a hard car to not love. Had it appeared 10 years ago, its performance credentials would've seen it regarded.

    The new RS3 Sportback arrives in summer to pitch Audi back but expect a four-door version to appear in mid for the US and.

    Is the new RS 3 the best of both worlds and a jack of all trades, or an over- engineered master of none? Of course, Audi reckons it's the former.

    Audi rs3 2016 review

    Audi rs3 2016 review

    Review 8th Jul Explore the Audi range Audi S8 The RS 3 is a crazy all-wheel drive hatchback with a 2. The RS 3 ticks all the usual boxes for a high-luxe hot hatch.

    Audi rs3 2016 review

    Audi rs3 2016 review

    Audi rs3 2016 review

    Audi rs3 2016 review

    Audi rs3 2016 review

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    Five-cylinder engines have a reputation for performance and wonderful soundtracks. So what happens when you combine the two? Is the new RS 3 the best of both worlds and a jack of all trades, or an over-engineered master of none?

    As we prepare to exit the Spirit of Tasmania II in Devonport, I feel like a kid again and a cheeky grin explodes over my face. A wash of confused stares from the grey nomads in their caravans turns towards me as I mischievously rev the engine. For me, however, nothing quite compares to the unmistakable bark of the five-cylinder Audi S1 Group B Rally Car from the early s. The specs speak for themselves. The RS 3 is a crazy all-wheel drive hatchback with a 2. The next telling stat is where all that mumbo is delivered — across an almost rpm window from just rpm.

    Audi rs3 2016 review

    This is not one of those cases. At first glance the RS 3 is understated. Look a little deeper and lurking behind its inch wheels are huge mm wave-shaped front rotors accompanied by beefy six-pot brake callipers… Another clue of the performance…. Audi has got the basics right with a flawless driving position and just enough information displayed at a glance.

    Indeed, in contrast to other hot hatches MINI, for example there seems a concerted effort to shy away from gimmickry.

    Audi rs3 2016 review

    The feel behind wheel is also one of quality. The controls are placed and weighted correctly with no sign of any rattles or squeaks. With a scroll of a button the RS 3 goes from mild to wild. With little to no traffic and clear blue skies, it was time to hook in! Pitch the RS 3 into corners at anything up to seven or eight tenths and it feels amazing.

    However, push a little harder and the softer front suspension starts to reach its limits. To be fair, these characteristics really only emerge when pushing hard on a dry, bumpy surface. I was lucky enough to get back behind the wheel when conditions were cold and wet and I came away with almost the opposite impression. Then, without the loads generated by a dry road, the front-end responded well, particularly during quick changes of direction.

    Point-to-point acceleration is fantastic and gear selection effortless. At full noise on the Baskerville circuit, the RS 3 battled with mid-corner understeer and found itself a little exposed to the relative strengths of its most direct rival here, the BMW M2.

    Audi rs3 2016 review

    The Audi produced a respectable 1: The five-cylinder snarl from this one sparks enough emotion in me to want one for that reason alone.

    Audi RS 3 Sportback quattro pricing and specifications:

    2016 Audi RS3 review



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