- 2.5-litre turbocharged engine pushing 395hp and 480Nm of torque
- Only available with S-tronic seven-speed box and Quattro
- 0 to 100km/h in 4.1 seconds (improvement of 0.2 seconds)
- Top speed limited to 250km/h
Exterior changes mimic those from the sporty S3 with new headlights (with optional matrix LED operation), a more angular surround for the single-frame grille, reprofiled bumpers with a redesigned front blade and tweaked rear diffuser in the case of the RS3, and new tail lamp graphics.
Inside the biggest change is the availability of the of Audi’s Virtual Cockpit set-up. Audi created a special RS screen that moves the tachometer to the center, displaying on either side the readings for torque, g‑forces and tire pressure. Furthermore, when the transmission is operating in manual mode, a scale with a color background prompts the driver to use the steering wheel paddle or selector lever to upshift when approaching maximum rpm.
First deliveries of the updated hatch are set for August.