First Look: 2011 Audi RS 3 Sportback

The RS 3 Sportback will utilize the same MacPherson strut front suspension and multi-link rear as the A3. If tradition holds however, the RS 3 will have slightly different geometry optimized for its 1-inch lower ride height. Audi has another surprise in store to increase handling abilities of the ultimate hot-hatch as well. The front tires are slightly wider at the front, measuring 235/35/19 in front and 225/35/19 at the rear. The reverse staggered fitment was commonplace with European tuners in the early and mid-90s, but faded out once aesthetics became more important than performance over the past decade. The larger cross section in front helps dial out the inherent understeer found in front-engine all-wheel-drive cars and also helps maximize braking power from the 15-inch front rotors and 4-piston calipers.

The outside of the RS 3 will say all business as well. The carbon-fiber front fenders will have wider, more aggressive flares than standard A3s as well as a lower more sporting front valence. Lower side-sills, a larger roof spoiler and lower rear diffuser all combine not only to add to the aggressive look, but are functional at keeping the RS 3 on the ground at high-speed.

Base price for the dream hatch is set at 49,900 euros. Now before anyone gets in an uproar about how that it would be a $70,000-dollar car in the U.S., keep in mind prices don't translate straight from currency. The price of the RS 3 is actually about 2,000 euro less than an S4 in Germany, which has a base price $46,600 here in the States. So yes, you are still looking at almost $45,000 for hatchback, but it is a hatchback with Cayman S performance and unmatched cool-factor. No word on the RS 3 coming to the U.S. market, but given the fact that we probably aren't getting the S3, we aren't holding our collective breath.

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Cadillac should build it's own ATS-V wagon with AWD.
Talk about functionality and performance. This is perfection in driving form to me. good MPG's (check) fast as hell (check) quality abound (check) and room for a small family (check, check) I would buy this in a heart beat.
".....but given the fact that we probably aren't getting the S3......". There you go again. Damn.

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