Photos taken at Nottingham Audi of a pre delivery vehicle. Not our test car.
The 2015 Audi RS3... A car I have been waiting for months to drive after owning the MK1 Audi TTRS. So, where do I start. The performance? The looks? No, I will start with the price. You have to be able to part the just short of £40,000 to have the privilege to own one. Which is not cheap by any means. For the £40,000 you get the symbolic Matt aluminium door mirrors, LED front and rear lights as standard, leather sport seats and satellite navigation. However you need to spend at least £48,000 before you get an RS3 worth having. The likes of the Dynamic pack with the sports exhaust which offers an enhanced sound with the odd crackle and bang is a must for any MK2 RS3 owner. The Comfort pack and Technology pack are also a must, giving you the likes of wide screen navigation and a personal favourite, the Bang and Olufsen sound system to name a couple.
Now the performance. Under the bonnet you get the legendary 2.5 Litre 5 cylinder turbo engine we have seen in the previous RS3 and TTRS. Now producing 362BHP with a 0-60 time of just 4.3 seconds means it beats the likes of the Mercedes A45 AMG and the Volkswagen Golf R hands down. The power is transferred to the road through the legendary dual clutch S-Tronic gearbox whilst Audi are still using the famous Quattro system to keep the car pinned to the road in even the trickiest of conditions. With the addition of the Dynamic pack the RS3 sounds unreal, drives like a dream and is a true super hot hatch! The steering can sometimes lack a little feel but this is soon made up for with the sheer grip of the upgraded Anthracite Black 19" wheels which are wider on the front than the back mixed with the Quattro four wheel drive system. It's a lovely machine to drive.
The looks. These are pretty standard by Audi RS standards. Upgraded body kit all round. Dual branch exhaust and massive brakes. The car looks as mean as it drives. It's a sensation. As long as you have the correct spec. The interior is a nice comfortable place to be. The upgraded Super Sports Seats are an absolute must, they truly make the interior of this car. The carbon fibre upgrade on the dashboard and door trims adds to the sporty look of this already mean machine. A personal favourite is the new Alcantara and leather flat bottom steering wheel which gives you good comfortable hold whilst belting round the twisty English A roads.
All in all an amazing bit of kit, a bit expensive but that is Audi for you. The Enthusiast gives this car a 4/5 score.
Keep an eye out as we will be having a road test head to head between the 2015 RS3 and the 2016 Focus RS.
Next up - 2009 MK1 Audi TTRS.