The RS3 Sportback is now in its second generation in the United States, and it borrows heavily from the completely redesigned A3 and S3. The S3 is powered by a 306-hp version of the same mill, and the three share a base, interior proportions, and many similar features.
The Audi's sharply creased sheetmetal and elegant, well-appointed interior make it a tempting class player, but we won't know how it performs until we get behind the wheel.
The current version has a turbocharged 2.5-liter engine that now produces 401 horsepower. Its predecessor had all-wheel drive and a dual-clutch automatic transmission. Both are expected to come standard on the 2018 RS3, as is a torque-vectoring rear differential with a drift mode, according to Audi.
A pair of high-mounted air vents flank the instrument panel binnacle, which we assume will hold a set of digital gauges, and face the driver. Climate controls with physical buttons are located below the center touchscreen, and a bin is built into the center console. Unfortunately, it appears that drivers will be forced to use a strange, stubby shifter to change ratios.
Based on the A3 and S3's infotainment systems, we expect the RS3 will include a 10.1-inch touchscreen in the center of the dash. Touch inputs, steering wheel buttons, and voice instructions can all be used to control it. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone compatibility will also be included. Built-in navigation ,Wireless charging , and a subscription-based Wi-Fi hotspot will all be standard or optional.