Audi's new RS 3 Sportback is the sporty top model of the A3 series. Its 2.5-liter turbo-gasoline engine packs 270 kilowatts, making it the most powerful volume-produced five-cylinder car in RS history. The five-door RS 3 accelerates from 0 to 100 kilometers an hour in 4.3 seconds and has a top speed of 280 kilometers an hour.
A seven-speed S tronic transmission shifts faster than the predecessor did, directing the power of the 2.5 turbo fuel stratified injection to the all-wheel drive. It operates with wheel-selective torque distribution; everything about this vehicle aims for a maximum of driving fun. We test drove the RS 3 on the Vallelunga racetrack near Rome.