Audi RS3 Sportback Sport Edition 2019 UK review

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Hot hatch returns with WLTP compliance, powered by what is now the segment’s largest-capacity engine

The Volkswagen Group’s hottest hatchback is freshly through its bottleneck of WLTP emissions compliance testing that was so backed up it put the London-bound end of the M4 to shame.Yes, like its engine-sharing two-door relation, the TT RS, the Audi RS3 had to be taken off sale for about a year while rehomologation took place. In order for both to get through the tougher regulations, a particulate filter was installed, but thankfully no further neutering was needed for both cars’ party-piece powertrain.The headline figures for the turbocharged five-cylinder unit remain the same as before, meaning its 395bhp will be beaten in this class by only the upcoming new Mercedes-AMG A45. The price tag befits this crowning status: the RS3 is now priced from a smidgen over £47,000.But ultimate bragging rights are afforded to those willing to break the £50,000 mark. The new Sport Edition variant asks another £4000 for the chrome detailing swapped out for black, a new alloy wheel design, sportier seats and – perhaps most importantly – the louder RS Sport exhaust system.

Source: Autocar Online

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