2016 Audi RS3 Sportback Review, Release Date


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The 2016 Audi RS3 Sportback is a compact hatchback model that will get many design updates and improved performance. The vehicle will go on sale in summer of 2015 in Europe. There is no info when will it be released in the United States.

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2016 Audi RS3 Sportback Design

When it comes to the exterior design, the 2016 Audi RS3 Sportback looks different than the prototype model spotted a while ago. It is now more aggressive and comes with revised front and rear ends. There’s a new honeycomb grille with “quattro” badging below the license plate, sharper headlights with LED stripes, larger air intakes on each side for better cooling of the carbon fiber-ceramic brakes, and wide front fenders. A new set of 19-inch wheels is offered with several unique designs. The rear end also gets a new styling, with new taillights, wider bumper with integrated diffuser and a pair of large exhaust tips.

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Interior Styling

The 2016 Audi RS3 Sportback is characterized by a mix of sporty and luxurious interior design. It has bucket seats covered in light gray Nappa leather with contrast stitching. Optionally, customers can choose carbon sport seats wrapped in premium leather with diamond pattern and integrated side airbags. Light gray hues can also be found partly on the center console and on the door panels, but the rest of the interior is mostly black. The multifunctional steering wheel has flat bottom and is wrapped in Alcantara and leather. Behind it there are analog speedometer and tachometer, as well as a small digital display between them. Another display is protruding from the dashboard, just above the air vents. The hatchback features MMI infotainment system, driver assistant, and satellite navigation.

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Engine, Specs, Performance

The 2016 Audi RS3 Sportback is powered by an upgraded 2.5L TFSI engine with five cylinders that now can produce 367 horsepower and 343 lb-ft of torque. This unit is paired with Audi‘s quattro AWD system and a 7-speed S tronic gearbox, allowing the car to reach the speed of 62 mph (~100 km/h) in 4.3 seconds. Its top speed is limited to 155 mph (~250 km/h), however it can be optionally increased to 174 mph (280 km/h). As for the fuel economy, the figures were not given, but this model is expected to return 29 mpg on the combined cycle.

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Rs3 Sportback Release Date, Price

So far, we know that the 2016 Audi RS3 Sportback is going to make its appearance at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, which takes place in March. The car will go on sale in Europe during summer. Its U.S. release date is currently unknown, as well as its price tag. Experts predict that it will be available for about 55 thousand dollars. We will know more details in the upcoming months.

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2016 Audi RS3 Sportback

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