The Audi RS3 Sportback and sedan siblings have finally arrived in South Africa, with the local arm of the German marque revealing pricing and spec for the apex A3 models. See pricing below…

RS3 Sportback

Powertrain & performance

Like their forebears, the new models boast the Ingolstadt-based brand’s award-winning 2.5-litre turbocharged five-cylinder engine. Power output is rated at 294 kW. However, for the latest variants, torque has been lifted to 500 Nm, an increase of 20 Nm. Power and torque are available from 5 600 r/min to 7 000 r/min and 2 250 r/min to 5 600 r/min, respectively. 

Audi claims the all-wheel-drive hot hatch and sedan sprints to the three-figure marker from a standstill three-tenths of a second quicker than their predecessors. The claimed figure is 3.8 seconds with launch control engaged. The top speed is rated at 250 km/h. However, the maximum speed can be lifted to 290 km/h when specifying the optional RS Dynamic package Plus. Audi claims both models have a combined average fuel consumption figure of 9.0 L/100 km. 

Standard specification

Among the various equipment fitted as standard, key features include darkened LED matrix headlamps, replete with dynamic light design, and Audi’s Black styling package. An RS sports exhaust system provides the five-cylinder soundtrack. The RS3 Sportback and Sedan sit on 19-inch alloy wheels.

The interior features Audi’s RS virtual cockpit and smartphone interface. A Bang & Olufsen premium sound system with 3D sound is also present. In addition, the RS3 siblings are fitted with park assist, a reverse-view camera system, and front sports seats.

RS3 Sportback

Audi RS3 pricing:

  • RS3 Sportback: R1 215 000
  • RS3 Sedan: R1 245 000