AUDI RS3, $78,900

Herald Sun - Motoring - - PRESTIGE - Richard Black­burn

With half a Lam­borgh­ini V10 shoe­horned un­der the bon­net, the RS3 can lay claim to be­ing the world’s hottest hatch. Audi says it will com­plete the 0-100km/h sprint in 4.3 sec­onds. They’re wrong. We re­peat­edly achieved 4.0 sec­onds flat when we tested it. But C63-ri­valling ac­cel­er­a­tion is only part of the ap­peal of the RS3. The 270kW five-cylin­der en­gine at full throt­tle is one of the sweet­est sounds in modern mo­tor­ing. You can hear the Lambo genes through the tailpipe — it growls at low revs and howls as the red­line ap­proaches. It may not be as ra­zor-sharp through the bends or as gor­geous to look at as BMW’s M2 coupe, but for fuss-free ex­hil­a­ra­tion, it’s hard to beat. Some buy­ers may think it’s a lit­tle anony­mous on the road — it looks like an A3 with big wheels and fancy tailpipes — but for oth­ers, that’s the ap­peal. You can get around look­ing like Clark Kent dur­ing the week and take off faster than a speed­ing bul­let when the mood takes you.

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