What is it?
The Volkswagen Group’s hottest hatchback, freshly through its bottleneck of WLTP emissions compliance testing that was so backed up it put the London-bound end of the M4 to shame.
Yes, like its engine-sharing two-door relation, the TT RS, the Audi RS3 had to be taken off sale for about a year while rehomologation took place. In order for both to get through the tougher regulations, a particulate filter was installed, but thankfully no further neutering was needed for both cars’ party-piece powertrain.
The headline figures for the turbocharged five-cylinder unit remain the same as before, meaning its 395bhp will be beaten in this class by only the upcoming new Mercedes-AMG A45. The price tag befits this crowning status: the RS3 is now priced from a smidgen over £47,000.
But ultimate bragging rights are afforded to those willing to break the £50,000 mark. The new Sport Edition variant asks another £4000 for the chrome detailing swapped out for black, a new alloy wheel design, sportier seats and - perhaps most importantly - the louder RS Sport exhaust system.