Audi RS 3 Arrives in New Zealand
The new Audi RS 3 Sportback has arrived in New Zealand, and we couldn’t be more excited.
What gets you up in the morning? Is it the sound of a five-cylinder turbocharged engine with increased torque producing 294kW? Maybe it’s a combination of athletic handling and tenacious grip from the new RS torque splitter and iconic quattro drive system. Or it could simply be pulling back the curtains and seeing that RS honeycomb grille smiling back at you.
With the RS 3 in your driveway, you’ll never sleep in again.
Nine times in a row “International Engine of the Year” / Renowned five-cylinder engine with more torque.
What are people saying about the RS 3?
Some of our favourite reviews on the Audi RS 3 from here in New Zealand as well as in the UK.
“On the outside, the RS 3 is probably the most nicely-judged example of an RS car in Audi’s line up – not as wildly over-the-top as the RS 6, yet bristling with subtle menace and aggression thanks to its seriously wide stance … While the five [cylinder engine] was always a wonderfully flexible thing, the changes made to it for the new model have made it noticeably more so, with a Porsche-like ability to be utterly docile and happy to lug along at low revs, and switch to utterly feral at the merest flex of your right ankle – the RS 3 will scamper to 100kmh from a standing start in just 3.8 seconds and, frankly, feels faster than that.”
“The engine warbles away, grip is consistent and strong, body control just the right side of telling you what’s going on without leaning. But the best bit is the damping, because it makes all the systems feel remarkably natural – on a bumpy, unknown b-road, this would be the car to have. And we’d count supercars in there, too … The third generation of Audi’s five-cylinder megahatch – and the best one yet.”
“With this firecracker of an engine under the bonnet, Audi claims the RS3 can dash from 0-60mph in 3.8 seconds, but we’ve managed to do that sprint in just 3.6 seconds. That’s almost supercar-beating numbers from a (not so) humble hatchback.
By adding some clever mechanical upgrades, the RS3 is more nimble and entertaining out on your favourite twisty road than ever before, and on track it’s even more of a scalpel-sharp driving weapon. If you feel like it, there’s even a drift mode to help you do some big skids with ease (on a closed circuit, of course).”