The new batch of cars will join the 500 units sold in the UK last year and will carry the same £39,930 price tag.
The Audi RS3 is powered by the marque’s turbocharged, five-cylinder, 2.5-litre engine, which produces 335bhp and 332lb ft torque. The RS3 will sprint from 0-62mph in 4.6sec before hitting its 155mph limited top speed.
External features of the hot A3 comprise 19-inch alloys, flared carbonfibre arches and a prominent roof spoiler.
The RS3’s closest rival is the BMW M135i, which goes on sale in October and costs from £29,995 (three-door) and £30,585 (five door). The BMW produces an RS3-rivalling 316bhp from its turbocharged in-line six-pot motor.
BMW claims that when mated to its 6-speed manual gearbox, the M135i will hit 62mph in 5.1sec or 4.9sec when fitted with its eight-speed auto ’box.
The Mercedes A45 AMG – another of the Audi’s rivals – will be probably be priced from around £35,000 when it goes on UK sale in 2013. It delivers 330bhp from its turbocharged 2.0-litre engine.