Posted on: Mar 09, 2011
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Geneva 2011: 2012 Audi RS3 Sportback


For those unfamiliar with Audi's alphanumeric hierarchy, with a couple exceptions (TT, R8): As the numbers increase, so does the size of the car. As the letters go from A to S and finally to RS, the cars go from quick to fast to mind-bending. Thus, the RS3 is about the same size as a Golf, but it has that oh-so-excellent 2.5-liter five-cylinder turbo engine that Audi is finding homes for under the hoods of as many of their cars as they can.

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We are in favor of this though, as this engine produces 340 horsepower and 331lb-ft of torque. The A3 comes with standard front-wheel-drive, but since 340hp is far too much to be sending to just the front wheels, the RS3 comes with Quattro and a seven-speed S-Tronic dual-clutch transmission as standard. No work when (or even if) it will be getting to the US, but we do know it will get to 60mph in 4.6-seconds.

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