Audi can rightly claim to have been there at the birth of what we now call the mega-hatch niche.
The original Audi RS3 Sportback was one of the first go-faster five-doors to punch its way through the 300bhp barrier, back in 2011.
There have been plenty more like it through that hole in the wall since then, though – and compared with one or two of its more recent competitors, the new RS3’s drivetrain in particular is starting to look a little bit lightweight.
Where the Ford Focus RS gives you a clever clutch-based torque-vectoring rear power split device and the Mercedes-AMG A45 now allows you, as an option, a limited-slip front differential, the RS3 sticks with its established, Haldex-type four-wheel-drive system.
It juggles torque between the front and rear axles dependent on available grip, and although it will move that torque towards the rear wheels more quickly in some driving modes than others, it also falls back on conventional open differentials and brake-based electronic torque vectoring to marshal the driving force between the loaded and unloaded sides of each axle during cornering.
The RS3’s new all-aluminium 2480cc five-cylinder turbocharged engine may be the perfect cover for that slight shortcoming.