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2012 (12) Audi Rs3Sportback 2.5T FSI Quattro 5dr S Tronic

Glasgow Bishopbriggs Toyota
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Standard specification

Driver Convenience

Acoustic parking system - rearDVD sat nav system plus + 6.5" colour monitor + radio + MP3 CD + MMC/SD MP3 slots + DIS
Service interval indicatorServotronic speed related PAS
Sports button in centre console 

Exterior Features

Aluminium door mirror housingsAnthracite grille with diamond patterned styling
Body colour bumpersElectric operated/heated door mirrors
Flared wheel archesFront and rear electric windows
Heat insulating glassHeated rear window with time switch
Rear roof spoilerRear window sun screen in parcel shelf
Rear wiperTwin oval chrome trimmed exhaust tailpipes

Interior Features

3 adjustable rear headrests3 spoke flat bottom multi-function leather steering wheel including paddle shift
50/50 split folding rear seatAluminium pedals
Black cloth headliningDoor sills with aluminium inlays
Dual zone electronic climate controlFront centre armrest
Height adjustable front seatsHeight/depth adjustable steering column
Illuminated vanity mirrorsIsofix attachments on rear seats
Jack and tool kitLeather handbrake
Manual rear window blind 

Safety

3 point seatbelts on all seatsABS/EBD
Active front headrestsBlack brake calipers
Driver/Front Passenger airbagsEDL
ESP with ASRFirst aid kit
Front passenger airbag deactivationHigh performance braking system
Warning triangle 

Security

Locking wheel boltsRemote control central locking
Thatcham category 1 alarm+immobiliser 

Technical

Lowered sports suspension 

Wheels

Tyre mobility system
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification

Emissions - ICE

CO0.444CO2 (g/km)212
HC0.033Noise Level dB(A)71
NOx0.029Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 5

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftDOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC2480Compression Ratio10.0:1
Cylinder LayoutIN-LINECylinders5
Fuel DeliveryTURBO DIRECT INJECTIONGears7 SPEED
Number of Valves20TransmissionSEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

EC Combined (mpg)31EC Directive 1999/100/EC AppliesTrue
EC Extra Urban (mpg)41.5EC Urban (mpg)21.6

General

Badge Engine CC2.5Badge Power340
Coin DescriptionT FSI QuattroCoin SeriesRS3
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 0742EManufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years3Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years3Vehicle Homologation ClassM1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)4.6Engine Power - BHP340
Engine Power - KW250Engine Power - PSTrue
Engine Power - RPM5400Engine Torque - LBS.FT332
Engine Torque - MKG46Engine Torque - NM450
Engine Torque - RPM1600Top Speed155

Tyres

Alloys?TrueTyre Size Front235/35 R19
Tyre Size Rear235/35 R19Tyre Size SpareTYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Style5 ARM ROTORWheel Type19" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height1402Length4302
Wheelbase2578Width1794
Width (including mirrors)2023 

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)60Gross Vehicle Weight2135
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)1032Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)302
Max. Loading Weight485Max. Roof Load75
Minimum Kerbweight1650No. of Seats5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb10.7
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Independent review

Review courtesy of Car and Driving

Audi RS3 Sportback

By Andy Enright

Introduction

There aren't too many hatchbacks that you would class as properly extreme but Audi's RS3 Sportback certainly falls into that category. It packs a massive 337bhp haymaker which is enough to give it the firepower to embarrass some very senior performance cars and with an all-wheel drive quattro transmission, it steps off the line as if it's been rear-ended by a wrecking ball. If you want a car that's low key but highly effective, this could be your thing but does it make a solid used buy? Let's have a look.

History

Of course, we've had no shortage of hilariously rapid Audi models in the past. Who could forget the Porsche and Cosworth developed RS2 or the ballistic V8 RS4 models? The TT RS is also a much underrated weapon of choice if you like the feeling of longitudinal g. The RS3 Sportback joined this club in 2011 when it was announced in November 2010 for 2011 model year production. By then, the A3 platform had seen quite some service. This second generation model was introduced in 2003 and the all-new A3 platform, based on the modular MQB chassis was already well under development for its 2012 launch. So Audi knew that it was working with something that was always going to be a run-out special, a last frenetic hurrah for the second generation A3. And so it proved. The take-up for the RS3 was so frenzied that by the time Audi announced its UK allocation, all the cars seemed to have been accounted for. The original press launch was a little apologetic in that regard, Audi informing journalists that it didn't really matter what they wrote about the car for all UK-bound examples had been pre-sold. As it turned out in fact, the RS3 got a broadly favourable review, with most pundits recognising that here was a uniquely effective hot hatch. Encouraged by the strong sales, Audi managed to 'find' a few more RS3s to import which took it to the end of 2012.

What You Get

The standard Sportback is a good-looking platform to build from and the RS3 looks resolved in a way that few range-topping sports variants manage. Like all Sportbacks, the RS3 enjoys an 83mm increase in body length and extra wide opening rear doors over a three-door A3 which means easy accessibility and far better rear knee and head room. A flat-bottomed steering wheel looks suitably racy and makes getting in and out that little bit easier. Space up front is equally good, the transverse engine and front-wheel drive transmission minimising intrusion into the passenger cell. The luggage compartment of this five-door car features 370 litres of fresh air with rear seats in place and then 1220 litres with them folded.

What to Look For

The Audi RS3's 2.5-litre five-cylinder engine is as tough as old boots and can shrug off big mileages. Look for accident damage repairs as the RS3 is so quick that an inexperienced driver can get into a lot of trouble fast. The alloy wheels are spectacularly prone to kerbing so take scuffs and chips into account when negotiating on the vehicle. Check the condition of the front tyres as wear rates can be high. Check that the twin-clutch S-tronic sequential transmission engages all gears cleanly. Audi issued an RS3 recall in late 2011 to improve ventilation and update the software on the gearbox and the satellite navigation.

Replacement Parts

(approx based on an RS3 2.5) RS3 parts are broadly reasonable if they're generic A3 Sportback bits, but prices are faintly eye-watering for RS-specific items. A starter motor is a comparatively inexpensive £175. An alternator costs in the region of £185, but front brake pads are £125 a set and the RS-3 specific Continental ContiSportContact 5 P tyres are £300 a corner. And yes, the front ones are supposed to be wider than the rears.

On the Road

It's not immediately easy to get a handle on quite how punchy the Audi RS3 is. Its 343bhp power output sounds plenty, but what does it mean in real life? It translates to a power-to-weight ratio of 218bhp per tonne, which is better than a Maserati GranTurismo, a BMW E46 M3 CS or a Mercedes CLK55 AMG, none of which carry the weight burden or traction advantage of driveshafts at each corner. In other words, this is a very senior piece of kit. It demolishes the sprint to 60mph in just 4.4 seconds on its way to an electronically limited top end of 155mph. It uses a turbocharged five-cylinder petrol unit that employs TFSI turbo charging and direct injection technology. This award-winning engine was first seen in the TT RS and transmits a heaving 450Nm of torque to the road via a seven-speed S tronic twin-clutch transmission and, of course, quattro all-wheel-drive. A sound flap in the exhaust branch intensifies the sound even further when the driver presses the Sport button, which also sharpens the throttle response. Maximum torque is readily available across a broad plateau from 1,600 to 5,300rpm, which means that you'll rarely be caught off boost. Even if you are, a dab or two on the wheel-mounted shift paddles will rapidly deliver maximum attack. A widened track, bigger brakes and tyres, retuned ESP stability control and a sharpened suspension set-up that rides 25mm lower distinguish the RS3 from a standard Sportback.

Overall

The Audi RS3 is a very specialist piece of equipment. It's a car that is devastatingly quick as a road car. Too quick? It does make covering ground at a hellish pace extremely easy. We'd guess a fair few early buyers will be selling them because they've fallen foul of the law, something future owners will also need to watch for. Drive with a little reserve though and it's a great choice. It won't be as sharp around a race track as some rivals, as there's just too much weight in the front end, but as an all-weather performance car for the road, it takes a lot of beating. It's built tough too, so it makes a solid used buy, although residual values have held very firm. Similarly targeted models exist from prestige brands - BMW's M135i and Mercedes' A45 AMG for example - but neither has four wheel drive or Audi's RS cachet. Both explain why the RS3 will remain a much sought-after item for years to come.

Performance
100%
Handling
90%
Comfort
70%
Space
70%
Styling
80%
Build
100%
Value
60%
Equipment
80%
Economy
70%
Depreciation
80%
Insurance
50%

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