Essentially a more upscale alternative to the Volkswagen Golf R, Ingolstadt’s hot hatch offered sporty styling, a tuned chassis and a powerful engine.
Based on the second generation A3 Sportback, the original RS3 Sportback appeared eight years ago with the same powertrain as the TT RS. The turbo’d 2.5-liter five-cylinder was good for 340PS (335hp / 250kW) and 450Nm (332lb-ft) of torque, channeled to all four wheels via a dual-clutch seven-speed transmission.
In stock form, it tips the scales at 1,575kg (3,472lbs), sprints to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.6sec and hits a top speed of 250km/h (155mph).
However, this example/a> has some upgrades that allegedly allow the engine to churn out 500PS (493hp / 368kW). As a result, its owner thought it would be a good idea to take on a Porsche 911 Turbo S in a half-mile run.
The Porsche has the obvious advantage here, thanks to its more powerful engine and better aerodynamics. So, surely, it cannot lose to a compact hot hatch, can it? You’ll have to click the play button on the following video to find out.