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The Top Gear car review:Audi S3/RS3
For:Flattering, safe at speed and it IS quick
Against:Numb steering, anonymous styling, not super-thrilling at medium speeds
What is it?
The latest version of the Audi S3 quattro, now available as an S3 sedan as well, with essentially the same recipe as before: front-biased all-wheel drive running gear and powerful turbocharged four-cylinder motor. But Audi has massaged virtually every aspect to make it more efficient, faster and, well, generally better all round. The 296bhp S3 may be innocuous-looking, but performance is blistering: it hits 62mph from rest in just 4.8 seconds with the S-tronic DSG ‘box. Even faster is the new RS3, whose familiar 2.5-litre turbocharged five-cylinder engine produces 362bhp, 27bhp more than before. On paper, it’s probably the hottest production hot hatch on the planet. Mind you, at over £40k it’s also one of the most expensive…