The next-generation Audi RS3 Sportback and Sedan will arrive on South African shores soon. The scheduled launch date? Well, the local arm of the German automaker says we can expect the new models to land here during the third quarter of 2022.

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As a reminder, the box-fresh RS3 siblings are equipped with the Ingolstadt-based brand’s familiar 2.5-litre turbocharged five-cylinder engine. Coupled with a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox (with “sportier” gear ratios), the petrol powertrain directs 294 kW and 500 Nm (up by 20 Nm) of torque to the firm’s quattro all-wheel-drive system.

Audi claims the increase in torque and updates to the transmission have resulted in quicker acceleration from low in the rev range. The German manufacturer says the pair of RS3s completes the 0-100 km/h sprint in “just” 3.8 seconds before reaching an (electronically limited) maximum speed of 250 km/h. However, select the RS Dynamic package, and the latter figure is increased to 290 km/h.

As standard, stopping power is provided by “newly developed” six-piston steel brakes. Audi also offers the option of fitting the RS3 with carbon-ceramic discs, which weigh 10 kg less than the standard items.

In addition, the new RS3 is the first car in Audi’s portfolio to come with a torque splitter, which has replaced the rear axle differential found on its forebear. The firm says this technology makes controlled drifts on closed-off racetracks possible. Developed specifically for this purpose, the RS3 features a drift mode. Sport suspension, complete with newly developed shock absorbers, is standard, as is a model-specific valve system and 19-inch alloy wheels.

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