Audi RS3 Leasing
Audi's sledgehammer RS 3 tears up the hot hatch rulebook.
Audi's sledgehammer RS 3 tears up the hot hatch rulebook. The RS 3 now comes in Sportback and Saloon guises and features the world's most powerful five-cylinder engine, rated at 400PS. An Audi RS 3 lease gets you a performance contender that’s very subtle and very, very quick.
Why Would You Want One?
The great thing about Audi RS models is that, despite packing a punch that would make Mike Tyson appear a bit timid, they're not ludicrously overt. The RS 3 is no different, although those in the know will spot the side skirts, the aluminium mirror housings, the rear diffuser and the hunkered down stance. Yes, there are 19-inch alloy wheels and burbling exhausts, but the RS 3 doesn't wear the sort of wings, monster wheel arch bulges and grille-pocked bonnets that appear on most fast hatches or saloons. In that regard, it's relatively low key. Audi RS 3 lease deals that benefit from high residual values make it surprisingly affordable too.
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What makes an Audi RS 3 lease so enticing is the potent hot hatch’s 400PS engine, the first in the brand's history to use a transversely mounted configuration. The 2.5-litre TFSI unit delivers 400PS and allows this compact RS model to sprint from 0 to 62 mph in just 4.1 seconds. The unique sound of the five-cylinder unit intensifies an already emotionally charged driving experience, and it can be altered via the standard Audi drive select – Audi’s drive dynamics system.
A widened track, bigger brakes and tyres, retuned ESP stability control and a sharpened suspension setup lowered by 25mm distinguish the RS 3 from a standard Audi A3.
Compared with an A3, the front track of the RS 3 is 20mm wider, and the front wheel arches are flared. At the rear axle, the wheels are 14mm further apart, compared to the standard model, and a fixed spoiler lip on the luggage compartment lid improves the separation of air flow. The dark-toned interior welcomes the driver and passengers with illuminated door sills bearing the RS 3 logos and black fine Nappa leather sport seats with RS logos on the backrests are standard. If you want to add a little more to your Audi RS 3 lease, optional contoured RS sport seats with integrated head restraints are available.
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- Fixed monthly rental
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The Bottom Line
If there was one thing that previous Audi RS 3 models have demonstrated very vividly, it's been that you don't need an impractical shape, a huge thirst and iffy reliability to deliver supercar-style performance. Drivers will like this car's all-weather ability, its everyday practicality and its relatively tasteful discretion. And the cachet that goes with bossing a car powered by the world's most potent five-cylinder engine can’t be under-estimated.
Like the look of the Audi RS3, but want to see more?
An Audi RS 3 lease is seriously tempting – who couldn’t be captivated by R8-rivalling levels of acceleration? But the good news is: the RS 3 has company. First, look to Mercedes-Benz, with its A45 AMG – it’s down a cylinder on the RS 3, but has all the burbles and crackles. Or go rear-wheel drive with the BMW M2. Of course, with this level of performance, all these hot hatches fall into serious sports car territory, falling in the sights of the Porsche Boxster – one of the best-handling cars you can get.
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