Sizzling hatch returns with WLTP compliance, powered by what’s now the phase’s largest-capacity engine The Volkswagen Group’s hottest hatchback is freshly by its bottleneck of WLTP emissions compliance testing that was so backed up it put the London-bound finish of the M4 to disgrace.Sure, like its engine-sharing two-door relation, the TT RS, the Audi RS3 needed to be taken off sale for a couple of yr whereas rehomologation passed off. To ensure that each to get by the more durable rules, a particulate filter was put in, however fortunately no additional neutering was wanted for each vehicles’ party-piece powertrain.The headline figures for the turbocharged five-cylinder unit stay the identical as earlier than, that means its 395bhp might be crushed on this class by solely the upcoming new Mercedes-AMG A45. The value tag befits this crowning standing: the RS3 is now priced from a smidgen over £47,000.However final bragging rights are afforded to these prepared to interrupt the £50,000 mark. The brand new Sport Version variant asks one other £4000 for the chrome detailing swapped out for black, a brand new alloy wheel design, sportier seats and – maybe most significantly – the louder RS Sport exhaust system.
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