Audi is launching an über A3 in the form of the new RS 3 Sportback. Powered by a turbocharged, 2.5-liter, inline-five-cylinder engine, it pays respect to Audi's proud history of five-cylinder Quattro rally cars.
We loved the previous-generation RS3 hatch, and this one promises to be even better. Power rises from 340 to 367 horsepower, and maximum torque is rated at 343 lb-ft and available from 1625 to 5550 rpm. The power is channeled to all four wheels through a seven-speed "wet" dual-clutch automatic; a manual transmission, disappointingly, is not available.
Zero to 62 mph is said to take 4.3 seconds, and top speed is governed at either 155 mph or—if you pay for it—174 mph. That latter figure is higher than in the compact Mercedes-Benz CLA45 and GLA45 AMG models.