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
18 July 2012

Audi has revealed that it is releasing a further 250 Audi RS3 Sportback quattro models into the UK market due to ‘consistent demand’.

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.

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18 July 2012

So its expensive and got bad reviews, and just keeps on selling. Must be nice to be Audi

18 July 2012

artill wrote:

So its expensive and got bad reviews, and just keeps on selling. Must be nice to be Audi

That's the pull of the Audi brand at the moment. The majority of their cars are average, and have been for years and years, yet Audi can't seem to do no wrong and their cars sell by the bucket load. May be all that is needed are stylish looks and a high quality interior, and that's it, job done!

 

19 July 2012

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May be all that is needed are stylish looks and a high quality interior, and that's it, job done!

Stylish = dull.

It's sad but true that Audi are one of the dullest designs out there, but that dullness gives safety to both them and their customers.   Because the next generation of cars will look fairly similar to the last.   It's worked for Porsche!

I thought the A3 design was out of date in 2003, even when they refreshed it.

18 July 2012

Isn't a new BMW or the Merc fast as the RS3 is? I don't think so.

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19 July 2012

Sportcarr wrote:

Isn't a new BMW or the Merc fast as the RS3 is? I don't think so.

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So it's purely about speed is it? Speed has never been the ultimate for BMW, handling has always been their ultimate goal as it usually handling the more rewarding drive. 

The chart in your link compares the S-tronic equipped with the manual 1M, which is no longer in production. It's BMW rival will be the M135i which is £10k, £10,000 cheaper. TEN THOUSAND POUNDS!!! The RS3 is not so limited edition now.

Audi's have become very trendy, boughty mainly for their looks and interiors, rather thany dynamic ability. I hear it a lot, people wanting an Audi as their next car because they look lovely... It could be a Gucci handbag!

And no I'm not a BMW fanboy, I have an Audi TTS so I know what I'm talking about. Great looking quality car, Quattro and fast but ultimately... a feeling there is something missing, soul, feedback, real involvement... It doesn't do anything badly but it's too clinical. 

19 July 2012

Sportcarr wrote:

Isn't a new BMW or the Merc fast as the RS3 is? I don't think so.

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You ought to have a look at the evidence you just posted: the BMW is 2.59sec faster than the Audi over a relatively short track.

That's about the same difference as Sebastian Vettel's Red Bull-Renault and Vitali Petrov's Caterham-Renault in Q1 at the British Grand Prix a couple of weeks ago.

By the way, the 1-series M is out of production, and therefore can't be regarded as being 'new'. So you're wrong on just about everything you stated.

19 July 2012

Firs of all, i just say, how fast the RS3 is really are. Those are just factory claim. Still the RS3 is faster on the straight line speed. By the way, standard RS3 is out of production too, and this is only UK-version. But will see how fast a new RS3 will be.

18 July 2012

Surely the premium £40k price was partly justified in some purchasers eyes as they were buying one of only 500 cars. I'd be wanting some of my money back if i'd bought one and they increased the production run by 50%.

 

 

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19 July 2012

Nice of Audi to "break faith" with their RS customers by churning out another 50%.  Doubt they'll care given the company's arrogance.

It may yet bite them on the face as enthusiasts don't forget and will rightly view with suspicion any claims about future so-called "limited-edition" models.

19 July 2012

I'd be more amused if Audi had sold the first ones with a "1 of 500" plaque attached to the ashtray or wherever. Would have made for an interesting recall.

Had I wasted £40k on what is essentially an 8-year old hatchback, on the premise that it was a limited edition I would be a little bit miffed with Audi. But if people are willing to pay you can't blame Inglostadt for wanting to cash in I guess.

 

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