Just in time for the nasty (for the UK, at least) winter weather kicking in, TeamCT’s long-term test garage has gone full four-wheel drive! Alex has been running an all-wheel drive Jaguar F-Type R for the last few months, Car Throttle’s video team took delivery of a specced-up Skoda Kodiaq several weeks ago, and now I’ve said a teary goodbye to ‘our’ Mk7.5 VW Golf GTI (final report coming soon!) and replaced it with this Audi RS3.
It’s in saloon form, finished in Nardo Grey. It’ll set you back £44,700, before you start choosing options. And this particular RS3 has plenty of options. Those lovely ‘Super Sports’ front seats are £795 for instance, while the 19-inch wheels are £695. The fancier, carbon-infused engine cover will set you back £650 (you don’t really need that), the sports exhaust is £1000 (you do really need that), and the carbon ceramic brakes are a wallet-busting £4695. All told, these and quite a few other options inflate the RS3’s price to £59,475. Ouch.
Not exactly small change, but this is a car with supercar-baiting performance: its 2.5-litre inline-five turbo engine is good for 395bhp, making 0-62mph possible in 4.1 seconds.
We’ll be putting it up against key rivals in twin tests, bringing it together with fast Audis from the past and delving right down into the ins and outs of RS3 life, but as ever, we want you guys to get involve.
So, what do you want to know, and what would you like to see from the car? Get to the comments section!