The new Audi RS3 Saloon will go on sale in Ireland priced from €68,700, €1000 more than the Audi RS3 Sportback.

Under the bonnet, the five cylinder 2.5 TFSI engine delivers 400hp and a maximum torque of 480Nm. 0 to 100 km/h is just 4.1 seconds.

Like the Sportback, the RS3 Saloon has an S tronic seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission and quattro permanent all-wheel drive. Quattro management is integrated into Audi drive select, as are the steering, the S tronic gearbox, the engine management, the adjustable exhaust flaps, and the optional RS3 sport suspension with adaptive damper control. This allows the driver to individually vary the operation of these components between three modes – comfort, auto and dynamic.

Electronic Stabilization Control (ESC) with wheel-selective torque control is also standard.

The new Audi RS3 Saloon is available to order from August 2017.

Caroline Kidd