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  • There's a new heart and a new body, but the formula remains the same. Does the Audi RS3 sedan have the goods to tackle the meanest.

    As the asking prices of business-class-based performance sedans creep beyond the reach of so many aficionados, the RS3 compact sedan.

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    Audi's fastest small saloon tested ▻ bhp, mph in s ▻ Fast, but is it fun ? It's As much as the new Audi RS3 is the contemporary.

    High performance prestige small sedan Price: Yet the transmission never feels in danger of baulking and the brakes stop firmly and positively… such refined punching ability is virtually unheard of at this price point. More info on Audi A3. And then there are the brakes, which screeched every time I went near the pedal. Having less heft over the front axle makes the latest RS3 nimbler than the pre-facelift iteration, but there's little tangible increase in steering feel to complement that newfound agility.

    Audi RS3 sedan review | CarAdvice

    By Keith WR Jones. As much as the new Audi RS3 is the contemporary compact four-door 'bahnstormer with metric horsepower, the small-and-very-sporty saloon is a bit of a time warp.

    You see, the RS3 is a dinky yet big-booted saloon but has a five-pot heart, Super Sport front seats, gaping vents and vestigial spoiler. That brings back memories of hot saloons of yesteryear; wolves in sheep's clothing. Unlike other pre-teen boys lusting after Testarossas and Countaches in their poster-laden bedrooms, I was quietly hankering after the Orion Ghia Injections and Belmont SRis in my well-thumbed brochures. The RS3 Saloon almost has the same attitude.

    There is a point to this: This uprated RS3 is the performance pinnacle of this select club. Primarily this boot-y call is satisfying demand from China and North America, but also increasingly downsizing European clientele, demanding a form of exclusivity that's tailgate-free. It's a logical extension of the fettling that the RS3 Sportback 's undergone, with the headline being its bhp output, delivered to all four wheels — we're in Quattro-badged territory, after all.

    Blatting from a standstill to 62mph takes 4. It's ruder than Katie Hopkins' Twitter feed, but it's infinitely more bearable. The RS3 hasn't just had a horsepower massage either: Linkage between engine and axles is a tweaked seven-speed S Tronic dual-clutch automatic gearbox. Largely it's fine, particularly if you're piloting the RS3 with tempered exuberance where it'll toddle between cogs without fuss, but occasionally it umms and aahs with its ratios like Sean Spicer upon opening his shoe closet.

    Now and again downshifts can send an unsettling shimmy through the driveline, while brisk junction getaways can have the engine screaming at the red line begging for second to wake up and be ready for action. Naturally, control can be wholly yours by flapping the behind-the-wheel paddles, but they feel too small and rather binary for true involvement. Audi has made further revisions to the quattro all-wheel drive system which permits, in extremis, all of the engine's torque to be delivered to the rear wheels, yet don't mistake this for some sort of Focus RS -aping arse-out hooliganism as part of its mid-life makeover.

    Sure, select the appropriate drive mode and the tail can drift progressively, just as it did on the sand-dusted asphalt of our previous drive of the RS3 hatch in Oman , but on Britain's oft-drenched roads, quattro is a watchword for security. More relevantly the RS3 will trace the high-speed flow of B-road bends with eye-widening accuracy during downpours.

    Torque vectoring is at play here and it works with startling efficiency; quick yes, but it's at the expense of fun. You'll have a bigger grin in the Blue Oval's blue collar alternative — the RS3 feels more like a faster, more luxurious Golf R. Hardly a bad place to be, though. Chief culprit is the steering. Having less heft over the front axle makes the latest RS3 nimbler than the pre-facelift iteration, but there's little tangible increase in steering feel to complement that newfound agility.

    Kim Jong-un opposition rallies are almost as communicative. It's an area Audi has to nail for the RS3 to be a great all-rounder rather than being merely booted and ballistic. At least there's been appreciable progress with the conventional suspension arrangement compared with steel-sprung Audis of yesteryear. It's necessarily firm in order to manage the demands through high-speed corners, but even on especially undulating surfaces it's not so stiff where it will irritate.

    Still, drive one with the adaptive system before buying. Visually the RS3 now apes the rest of the A3 line-up that received a mild visual makeover months ahead of it, which is to say it looks sophisticated yet all-too-familiar and [whispers] a bit dated.


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