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The much anticipated new flagship Audi RS3 has been revealed by the German carmaker. Shown-off in both five-door hatch and saloon format, the new RS3 boosts some truly eyebrow raising performance figures.

Kitted out with a 2.5-litre petrol engine coming in at 395bhp, the new RS3 is capable of racing from 0-62mph in 4.1 seconds, hitting a top speed of 174mph.

These figures make the new edition significantly more powerful than its predecessor and will even better its nearest rival, the Mercedes-AMG CLA 45, which clocks in at just a miserly 355bhp by comparison. All in all, not bad for a car that has enough room for the kids and all your holiday gear with space left over to boot.

Both new RS3 models are not dissimilar to the S3 variant; both are kitted out with pretty robust front bumpers, flared wheel arches, twin exhaust plus a rear diffuser.

The interior features leather trim and clever touches like the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto which connect with your smartphone.

Sports seats can be fitted upon request and a RS Design Pack adds red trim for an added touch of flamboyance.

A seven-speed S-tronic system auto helps regulate the power of the 2.5-litre engine through the permanent all-wheel drive system.

The new RS3 is not just about performance though, inside a Bang & Olufsen (comes as standard) sound system provides the entertainment. Kitted out with 14 speakers, there’s also a three-year free subscription to a wide range of ‘live’ tech services, such as Google Earth.

The Virtual Cockpit has been improved from the existing edition and has been complimented by a suite of extra safety features like traffic assist. This takes over not only acceleration and braking, but also steering in slow-moving traffic at speeds up to 37mph.

The RS3 Sportback is priced from £44,300 with the Saloon model carrying a £1,000 price premium. Deliveries are slated to begin in September.

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