Audi RS3 Sportback is set to land on Australian shores this October.

This is the first ever RS 3 Sportback, and it’s likely to be the most popular offering in Audi’s RS model range.

Giving the Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG and BMW M135i a proper rival, not only is the RS3 the most affordable RS model Audi has ever introduced, it’s the fastest too.

The RS3 Sportback is powered by Audi’s award-winning 2.5 TFSI 5-cylinder engine, developing 270kW and 465Nm.

In conjunction with the sporty 7-speed S tronic transmission and special RS-tuned quattro all-wheel drive system, the RS 3 will demolish 100km/h from rest in an incredible 4.3 seconds.
That’s quicker than a standard Porsche 911 — in a hatchback!

“The sharp pricing and specification we’ve negotiated will ensure that this long-awaited performance model will find the success it deserves in this competitive market.”

Audi fans will be pleased to see that the RS3 looks even better than the other RS models, with a subtle bodykit, trademark honeycomb grille and lightly flared arches.

It also comes with a fair bit of kit. Standard equipment highlights include 19-inch alloy wheels in a 5-arm rotor design; RS-specific front and rear bumpers, side sill trims and diffuser insert; RS-tuned sports suspension; a sports exhaust system with dual oval tailpipes; sport front seats with electric lumbar support; LED headlights with LED daytime running lights and LED tail lights; MMI Navigation Plus with MMI Touch; Digital Radio reception; and dual-zone climate control with digital display and rear air vents, among other features.

There’s also a range of safety features, including electronic stability control with ABS, electronic differential lock and traction control; Audi Parking System Plus parking assist with front/rear sensors and rear-view camera; as well as front, side and head-level curtain airbags and a driver’s knee airbag.

With a price point as sharp as its performance — at $78,900, it supplants the $81,510 RSQ3 SUV as Australia’s most affordable RS model – the RS3 is expected to work wonders for sales of the RS range in Australia.