Audi RS3 Leasing
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 Iron Mike appear a bit of a powder puff, they're not ludicrously overt. The RS 3 is no different, though those in the know will spot the aluminium mirror housings, side skirts, 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 RS 3 so enticing is its 400PS engine, the first in the brand's history to use a transversely mounted configuration. The 2.5 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 modified via the standard 'Audi drive select' 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 wider by 20 millimetres; the front wheel arches are accordingly flared wider as well. At the rear axle, the wheels are spaced 14 millimetres further apart compared with 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’re able to add a little to the Audi RS 3 finance deal on offer, optional contoured RS sport seats with integrated head restraints are available.
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.
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