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Finally, the new Audi RS3 has been unveiled. With 335bhp on tap Audi can, for now at least, stake a claim to the hot hatch top trumps.

The Audi RS3 is far from light, though. At 1575kg, it’s 125kg more than the Audi TT RS, which is bound to dent performance a little – although a claimed 0-60mph (aided by the inevitable quattro 4wd system) of 4.6secs isn’t shabby.

The car also has a suitably sporty soundtrack to go with that performance, thanks to a ‘sound flap’ (controlled by the sport button that also adjusts the engine’s response) in the exhaust, which intensifies the car’s exhaust note.

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The official fuel consumption figure, attained by driving it the way it’s unlikely to ever be driven, stands at a not-too-bad 9.1 litres per 100km, equating to an emissions figure of 212g/km. Efficiency is enhanced by energy recovery under deceleration and an on-demand oil pump.

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Power is transmitted to the road via a seven-speed S tronic and quattro permanent all-wheel drive. 19-inch wheels and fenders made of carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) underscore the Audi RS 3 Sportback’s position of distinction.

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Audi RS3 will start in Germany at 49,900 euros.