With its turbocharged, five-cylinder engine delivering more torque and greater acceleration, a new RS Torque Splitter and RS 3 driving modes, quattro drive, and an all-new dynamic exterior and interior appearance, the upcoming RS 3 Sportback has piqued the interest of Kiwi driving enthusiasts. The car will be priced from $112,500.

2022 audi rs3 sportback drivelife

Due to arrive in New Zealand in the first quarter of 2022, Audi says the Audi RS 3 Sportback is the sports car for every day – with its practicality and quattro drive ensuring drivers can access the best of Audi RS performance any time they sit behind the wheel, and in the widest range of conditions.

2022 audi rs3 sportback drivelife

Equipped with 294kW and five-cylinders, the high-performance engine delivers rapid acceleration with an intoxicating soundtrack. The power unit now delivers 500Nm of torque and responds even faster. Visually, the RS 3 Sportback demonstrates its athletic prowess with a widened body, RS sports exhaust, and cockpit displays similar to those found in race cars.

2022 audi rs3 sportback drivelife

“The RS 3 Sportback represents the entry point to the RS world and, thanks to its renowned powertrain and new torque splitter, the ultimate in performance in the compact market,” said Dean Sheed, General Manager, Audi New Zealand.

2022 audi rs3 sportback drivelife

“New Zealand is the number one market in the world for Audi RS product, with Kiwis showing a great fondness for its useable, outstanding performance. The third generation RS 3 Sportback will be our most accomplished edition of this model – and I’m sure Kiwi performance fans are looking forward to its arrival.”

2022 audi rs3 sportback drivelife

The 2.5 TFSI has won the “International Engine of the Year” award nine times in a row. The new RS 3 Sportback sprints from zero to 100km/h in just 3.8 seconds.

2022 audi rs3 sportback drivelife

A seven-speed dual-clutch transmission puts the power to the road – with short shifting times and a sportier gear ratio spread. The engine’s unique 1-2-4-5-3 ignition sequence, and the incomparable sound make the driving experience an exhilarating one, says Audi NZ.

2022 audi rs3 sportback drivelife

The new Audi RS 3 Sportback is the first Audi model that comes standard with a torque splitter. It replaces the rear axle differential and the previous multiple disc clutch package on the rear axle. Instead, an electronically controlled multiple disc clutch is used on each of the drive shafts. This ensures that the right amount of torque is optimally distributed along the rear axle. During more dynamic driving, the torque splitter increases the drive torque to the outer rear wheel with the higher wheel load, which significantly reduces the tendency to understeer.

2022 audi rs3 sportback drivelife
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