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Audi RS3: Buying guide and review (2011-2012)

Audi RS3: Buying guide and review (2011-2012) Classic and Performance Car
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Over the past few decades the top German auto manufacturers have been trading punches at the upper end of the luxury performance segment, with ever increasing fervour. The premium hatchback sector has become particularly hotly contested and Audi introduced its RennSport ‘RS’ line of cars to compete with Mercedes’ AMG and BMW’s M range for top honours.
 
The first generation RS3 made its debut in 2011, intent on topping its segment. Packed with technology that showed Audi was not pulling any punches, its crowning glory was the 335bhp five-cylinder turbo engine. With a howl that harked back to the original 1980s Quattro, four-wheel drive and a long list of standard kit the RS3 was a desirable package. 
 
A launch price of £40,000 reflected its premium status, with very limited numbers being made available for the UK market its relative rarity was ensured. Class-leading acceleration and a characterful engine made it a favourite among performance car enthusiasts, and five years on it’s still easily able to hold its head high among the newer generation of sporty hatchbacks.
 
Which one to buy?
 
Built in limited numbers, only 750 were made available to the UK market making the RS3 rarer than most rivals. Standard specifications were high, including sat nav, and there were also a host of optional extras to choose from. Specific to RS models were an alcantara steering wheel, additional readouts in the digital instrument binnacle, RS logos, bucket seats and styling packages in black or a matt aluminium finish. Other desirable options include cruise control, adaptive headlights, electric seats and a Bose sound system.
 
Only the five-door Sportback body style was available, but lowered suspension and 19-inch alloys completed the sporty package. While the RS3 certianly looks special, the biggest change over the standard S3 was under the bonnet. The engine was a powerful five-cylinder 2.5-litre unit, producing 335bhp. Unavailable in any other A3, and shared only with the TT RS (and subsequently RS Q3), it gives the RS3 a pleasing off-beat soundtrack with the power to make the most of its uprated chassis. While the TT RS eventually got a manual transmission, the RS3 was only ever equipped with the seven-speed S Tronic, which removes some of the driver involvement but suits the character of the car. 
 
The four-wheel drive setup allows for the sort of press-on motoring in inclement weather conditions, which would leave most rivals sliding into ditches. This all-weather ability does rob the car of some fun, as well as handling poise when extended on track. While quite effective in normal use, front brake pads have a tendency to squeal and can fade under duress. In real world conditions however the trade-off seems a good one, and the RS3 is able to provide rapid cross country motoring in safety.
 
Performance and specs
 
Engine 2480cc 20valve DOHC in-line five-cylinder 
Power 335bhp @ 5400-6500rpm
Torque 332lb ft @ 1600-5300rpm
Top speed 155mph (limited)
0-62mph 4.6 seconds 
Fuel consumption 31mpg 
Gearbox Seven-speed S-tronic
 
Dimensions and weight
 
Wheelbase 2578mm
Length 4302mm
Width 1794mm
Height 1402mm
Weight 1575kg
 
Common problems
 
• Parts are readily available from Audi dealers however RS specific components do carry a premium over standard items. Thanks to Audi’s top notch build quality and with the cars being so new there have not been a lot of issues or latent faults that have cropped up since the RS3’s debut. Other than ensuring that your potential purchase has been serviced regularly there are only a few things to check for.

• The running gear is very strong and can take a lot of punishment however some owners have found that too many full bore starts on grippy surfaces can damage the four wheel drive system and/or the clutch.

• There are a lot of specialists out there willing to modify your RS3 and some are offering 500bhp+ conversions. If the car you are looking at has been chipped or has received other modifications be aware that the extra strain on the drivetrain may cause problems and further expense down the road.

• Squealing brakes and warped discs have come in for criticism from some owners. Solutions range from disc and pad replacement to uprated items. Not all cars suffer from this, so a quick test drive can confirm whether the car you intend to purchase has this issue or not. Some cars would have had a calliper upgrade carried out by Audi while others have resolved the issue by changing brake pads to non-original ones.

• With low-profile tyres and 19-inch alloy wheels, potholes can damage the alloys more readily, so check for any buckling or other signs of damage. Generally a shaky steering wheel or vibrating pedals can indicate damaged alloys or suspension components.

• The S-Tronic gearbox is a strong unit. Gear change hesitation in certain modes can be resolved with an ECU flash, however persistent issues may require a gearbox oil change to resolve.
 
Model history
 
2011: 335bhp Audi RS3 launched in the UK. Limited number of 500 made available. Available in five colour options and with seven-speed S-tronic gearbox only. High standard equipment level included numerous RS3 specific trim items
2012: Due to strong demand a further 250 units were made available to the UK market
 
Clubs and websites
 
• www.audi.co.uk
• www.audirs3oc.com
 
Summary and prices
 
Residual values have stayed firm, which means that even a 2011 car with 50,000 miles on the clock will still sell for £25,000 and up. Lower mileage examples can command up to £32,000 due to the car’s rarity.
 
Words: John Tallodi 
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Last updated: 21st Dec 2015
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  • 2016 Audi RS3 2.5 TFSI RS3 Quattro, 1 Owner, Comfort and Sound Pack, Dynamic Pack, Panoramic Sunroof, Sports Exhaust, Electric Folding Mirrors, Privacy Glass.

    £43,900 £43,900

    Multi award-winning prestige car dealership John Holland is delighted to offer for sale this beautifully presented and sought after Audi RS3 Sport Back Quattro S Tronic. Presented in Nardo Grey with Contrasting Sport seats in Fine Nappa leather with stitching in Crescendo Red and RS3 embossing finished with 3D Design Black Interior Inlays. The Outstanding Specification on this car includes Comfort and Sound Pack which gives you Cruise Control, Bang And Olufen Sound System, LED Interior Lighting and Auto Dimming Rear View Mirror, Dynamic Pack which gives you Audi Mag Ride and RS Exhaust System, Panoramic Roof, Electric Folding Mirrors, Privacy Glass, 19” Rotar Design Wheels, Navigation, Bluetooth, DAB, USB and Ipod Connection, Front and Rear Park Sensors, Multi Function Steering Wheel with Paddles, Automatic Xenon Lights, Dual Side Climate Control, Heated Seats, Audi Drive Select and much more. Supplied with 2 keys and all original owners manuals and wallet. John Holland has been established for over 40 years supplying a premium level of service in the sale of sports, prestige and collectors cars. We have a team of experienced buyers who hand pick our cars from all parts of the uk s

    • Year: 2016
    • Mileage: 5497 mi
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  • Audi RS3

    £42,995 £42,995

    4x4 1 OWNER + GLACIER WHITE + PANORAMIC SUNROOF + SAT NAV + REVERSE CAMERA + DYNAMIC PACK + RS SPORTS EXHAUST + MAG RIDE + COMFORT PACK + BANG & OULFSEN SOUND SYSTEM + CRUISE CONTROL + GLOSS BLACK STYLING PACK + PARADE PACK + RED BRAKE CALIPERS + BLACK ROOF RAILS + Heated Front Seats, Dual-Zone Electronic Climate Control, DAB Digital Radio Reception, Audi Parking System Plus, Front and Rear with Selective Display, MMI Radio Plus, Audi Music Interface, 19in x 8J 5-Arm Rotor Design Galvanished Silver Alloy Wheels with 235/35 R19 Tyres and Anti-Theft Wheel Bolts, Rain Sensor, Colour Drivers Information System (DIS), Thatcham Category 1 Alarm, Mobile Phone Preparation - Bluetooth Interface, Upholstery - Fine Nappa Leather Upholstery with Embossed RS3 Logo, Tyre Pressure Loss Indicator

    • Mileage: 10500 mi
    • Engine size: 2480
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  • Audi RS3

    £41,900 £41,900

    Variant name:Rs 3 Sportback ,Variant: 2.5 TFSI RS 3 Quattro 5dr S Tronic [Nav] 19 Inch Titanium Alloys, Panoramic Roof, High Gloss Black Styling Pack, Red Brake Calipers, Sat Nav, Audi Sound System, High Beam Assist, 1 Owner Multi award-winning prestige car dealership John Holland is delighted to offer for sale this beautifully presented and sought after One Owner Audi RS3 Nav Sport Back Quattro S Tronic. Presented in Nardo Grey with Contrasting Sport seats in Black Fine Nappa leather with stitching in Crescendo Red and RS3 embossing finished with Aluminium Race Interior Inlays. The Outstanding Specification on this car includes Panoramic Roof, High Gloss Black Styling Package consisting of Radiator grille frame, side air intake funnels, front blades and window frames in high-gloss black, Quattro lettering in matt titanium grey in the front air inlet, 19” Rotor Design Titanium Matt and Diamond Cut Alloy Wheels with Red Brake Calipers, Satellite Navigation, Bluetooth, DAB Radio with Audi Sound System, AMI Interface, Front and Rear Park Sensors, Electric Folding Mirrors, Auto Dimming Rear View Mirror, Multi Function Flat Bottom Leather and Alcantara Steering Wheel with Catalunya Red Contrast Stitch, Paddle Shift, Automatic Xenon Lights, High Beam Assist, Rain Sensors, Dual Zone Climate Control, Heated Seats, Audi Drive Select, LED Running Light plus much more. Supplied with 2 keys and all its original owners manuals and wallet. John Holland was established for over 40 years supplying a premium level of service in the sale of sports, prestige and collectors cars. We have a team of experienced buyers who hand pick our cars from all parts of the uk so you can buy with confidence all vehicles are HPI Clear and prepared to the highest standard, full dealer facilities available call the sales team for further information.

    • Year: 2016
    • Mileage: 14464 mi
    • Engine size: 2.5
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  • Audi RS3

    £46,000 £46,000

    Air Conditioning, Bluetooth, Climate Control, Colour SatNav, Full Leather, iPod Connectivity, Powered Folding Mirrors, Panoramic Sunroof, Rain-Sensing Wipers, Satellite Navigation, Xenon Headlamps, Electric Seats, Heated Seats, Folding Rear Seats, Lumbar Adjustment, Height Adjustable Seat, Adjustable Steering Column, Cruise Control, Parking Sensors, ABS, Air Bag, Child Locks, Isofix, Auto Lighting, Rear Wash/wipe, Auto-dip Rearview, Electric Mirrors, Electric Windows, Electric Sunroof, Steering Wheel Audio Controls, 2 Keys, Parking Camera, Multi-function Steering Wheel, 19'' Alloys, 4x4, Full main dealer service history Advanced key, Comfort & Sound Pack (Bang & Olfsen), Panoramic Sunroof, Balance of main dealer warranty until 2019, Dynamic, Black pack, electric seats, MMI Nav Black wrapped roof, side and rear panels Black RS3 logos and emblems Rear tinted lights 2 sets of wheels genuine unused 19'' 5-arm rotor alloys, and set of replicas for winter use. All usual dealer facilities, Finance arranged, part exchange, Credit (fees apply) & Debit cards accepted, All cars are HPI checked and certified clear, viewing by appointment (as not all cars are stored on site), including evenings. Goto www.carstable.co.uk for more pictures.

    • Mileage: 9000 mi
    • Engine size: 2480
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  • Audi RS3 Quattro

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    Audi RS3 2.5 Turbo Quattro S Tronic Automatic registered March 2012 finished in Misano Red with Black Leather interior with Grey Contrast Stitching and Piano Black Trim, Rear Parking Sensors, Heated Front Sports Seats with RS Embossed Headrests, Xenon Headlamps with Washers, 19 Inch 5 Arm Rotor Alloys, Electric Heated Door Mirrors, Satellite Navigation Plus, Bluetooth, Cruise Control, Automatic Climate Control, Full Audi Service History at West London on 20/11/14 at 9,499; Portsmouth on 07/08/15 at 17,644 and 28/07/16 at 27,538. Finance available on request - subject to status and terms. Ask about our Company Directors packages. See our website for HD walk around video. Fully Valeted; UK Wide Delivery Available; Part Exchange Welcome.

    • Year: 2012
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  • Audi RS3

    £47,995 £47,995

    4x4 1 OWNER + SEPANG BLUE PEARL + PANORAMIC SUNROOF + SUPER SPORT SEATS + SAT NAV + RS SPORTS EXHAUST + MAG RIDE + COMFORT PACK + CRUISE CONTROL + GLOSS BLACK STYLING PACK + FOLDING MIRRORS, Heated Front Seats, Dual-Zone Electronic Climate Control, DAB Digital Radio Reception, Audi Parking System Plus, Front and Rear with Selective Display, MMI Radio Plus, Audi Music Interface, Tyres and Anti-Theft Wheel Bolts, Rain Sensor, Colour Drivers Information System (DIS), Thatcham Category 1 Alarm, Mobile Phone Preparation - Bluetooth Interface, Upholstery - Fine Nappa Leather Upholstery with Embossed RS3 Logo, Tyre Pressure Loss Indicator

    • Mileage: 634 mi
    • Engine size: 2480
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  • Audi RS3

    £37,495 £37,495

    4x4 CAT D ( stolen recovered ) + 1 OWNER + SEPANG BLUE PEARL + PANORAMIC SUNROOF + SUPER SPORT SEATS + SAT NAV + DYNAMIC PACK + RS SPORTS EXHAUST + MAG RIDE + COMFORT PACK + BANG & OULFSEN SOUND SYSTEM + CRUISE CONTROL + ALUMINUIM STYLING PACK + FOLDING MIRRORS, Heated Front Seats, Dual-Zone Electronic Climate Control, DAB Digital Radio Reception, Audi Parking System Plus, Front and Rear with Selective Display, MMI Radio Plus, Audi Music Interface, 19in x 8J 5-Arm Rotor Design Galvanished Silver Alloy Wheels with 235/35 R19 Tyres and Anti-Theft Wheel Bolts, Rain Sensor, Colour Drivers Information System (DIS), Thatcham Category 1 Alarm, Mobile Phone Preparation - Bluetooth Interface, Upholstery - Fine Nappa Leather Upholstery with Embossed RS3 Logo, Tyre Pressure Loss Indicator

    • Mileage: 9200 mi
    • Engine size: 2480
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  • Audi RS3

    £46,995 £46,995

    4x4 1 OWNER + SEPANG BLUE PEARL + PANORAMIC SUNROOF + SUPER SPORT SEATS + SAT NAV + DYNAMIC PACK + RS SPORTS EXHAUST + MAG RIDE + COMFORT PACK + BANG & OULFSEN SOUND SYSTEM + CRUISE CONTROL + GLOSS BLACK STYLING PACK + FOLDING MIRRORS, Heated Front Seats, Dual-Zone Electronic Climate Control, DAB Digital Radio Reception, Audi Parking System Plus, Front and Rear with Selective Display, MMI Radio Plus, Audi Music Interface, 19in x 8J 5-Arm Rotor Design Galvanished Silver Alloy Wheels with 235/35 R19 Tyres and Anti-Theft Wheel Bolts, Rain Sensor, Colour Drivers Information System (DIS), Thatcham Category 1 Alarm, Mobile Phone Preparation - Bluetooth Interface, Upholstery - Fine Nappa Leather Upholstery with Embossed RS3 Logo, Tyre Pressure Loss Indicator

    • Mileage: 2700 mi
    • Engine size: 2480
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  • AUDI RS3 SPORTBACK QUATTRO **DEPOSIT TAKEN** 2015

    £45,995 £45,995

    2015/65 Reg Audi RS3 Sportback Finished In Sepang Blue with Black Bucket Seats. Great Spec Including- Dynamic Package Plus consisting of RS Sports Exhaust, RS Sports Suspension with Magnetic Ride and Top speed restriction increase to 174mph, Diamond Quilted Supersports Seats with Red Stitching, Panoramic Glass Sunroof, Advanced Key, Driver Assistance Package consisting of Front Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, High Beam Assist, Audi Side Assist and Active Lane Assist, Light and Lane Sensors, Audi Pre Sense, MMI Satellite Navigation Plus, Bang and Olufsen Sound System, Wireless Internet Access, Audi Music Interface, Audi Phone Box, Reverse Camera, RS3 Design Pack Including Seat Belts with Contrasting Black/Red Stitching, Door Armrests in Black Mono.Pur with Contrasting Red Stitching, Knee Pads in Black Alcantara with Red Stitching, Air Vents with Red Accents and Black Floor Mats with RS3 Logo and Red Stitching, Red Brake Callipers with RS3 Logo, 19” Black Rotor Arm Alloys with 255 front tyres and 235 rears, Aluminium Race Design Inlays, Hill Hold Assist, Electric Folding, Heated and Auto Dimming Mirrors, Electric Lumber Support, Heated Front Seats, Privacy Glass, Interior lighting package, Auto-dimming rear-view mirror. HPI CLEAR ;;THIS AUDI RS3 HAS ONE OWNER FROM AND INCLUDES BALANCE OF MANUFACTURES WARRANTY UNTIL NOVEMBER 2018. ;;INDOOR SHOWROOM- LOW RATE FINANCE WITH ZERO DEPOSIT OPTIONS- PART EXCHANGE- FREE DRIVE AWAY INSURANCE- NATIONWIDE DELIVERY. ALL MAJOR CREDIT AND DEBIT CARDS ACCEPTED

    • Mileage: 7000 mi
    • Engine size: 2.48
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  • Audi RS3

    £43,900 £43,900

    Variant name:Rs 3 Sportback ,Variant: 2.5 TFSI RS3 Quattro, 1 Owner, Comfort and Sound Pack, Dynamic Pack, Panoramic Sunroof, Sports Exhaust, Electric Folding Mirrors, Privacy Glass. Multi award-winning prestige car dealership John Holland is delighted to offer for sale this beautifully presented and sought after Audi RS3 Sport Back Quattro S Tronic. Presented in Nardo Grey with Contrasting Sport seats in Fine Nappa leather with stitching in Crescendo Red and RS3 embossing finished with 3D Design Black Interior Inlays. The Outstanding Specification on this car includes Comfort and Sound Pack which gives you Cruise Control, Bang And Olufen Sound System, LED Interior Lighting and Auto Dimming Rear View Mirror, Dynamic Pack which gives you Audi Mag Ride and RS Exhaust System, Panoramic Roof, Electric Folding Mirrors, Privacy Glass, 19” Rotar Design Wheels, Navigation, Bluetooth, DAB, USB and Ipod Connection, Front and Rear Park Sensors, Multi Function Steering Wheel with Paddles, Automatic Xenon Lights, Dual Side Climate Control, Heated Seats, Audi Drive Select and much more. Supplied with 2 keys and all original owners manuals and wallet. John Holland has been established for over 40 years supplying a premium level of service in the sale of sports, prestige and collectors cars. We have a team of experienced buyers who hand pick our cars from all parts of the uk so you can buy with confidence all vehicles are HPI Clear and prepared to the highest standard, full dealer facilities available call the sales team for further information.

    • Year: 2016
    • Mileage: 5497 mi
    • Engine size: 2.5
    For sale
  • Audi RS3

    £46,950 £46,950

    Cruise Control, Privacy Glass, Powered Folding Mirrors, Panoramic Sunroof, Full Leather, Auto Lighting, Bang & Olufsen, Parking Sensors, Auto-dip Rearview, Bluetooth, Colour SatNav, Xenon Headlamps, Satellite Navigation, Rain-Sensing Wipers, 2 Keys, Automatic Electric Windows, Sunroof, 19'' Alloys, 4x4 Panoramic glass roof, Dynamic Package, Comfort and Sound Pack, Bang & Olufsen sound system, B&O, Light and Rain sensor, Heated S sport Bucket seats with lumbar, Fine Nappa Black leather/diamond quilt, High gloss black styling pack, 19'' High gloss Rotor alloy wheels with wider front wheels. Vat Q. All usual dealer facilities, Finance arranged, Part exchange considered, Credit (fees apply) & Debit cards accepted, All cars are HPI checked and certified clear, viewing by appointment (as not all cars are stored on site), including evenings. Goto www.carstable.co.uk for more pictures.

    • Mileage: 4000 mi
    • Engine size: 2480
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  • Audi RS3

    £40,000 £40,000

    Variant name:2.5 TFSI RS 3 Quattro 5dr S Tronic (Nav) ,Variant: 2.5 TFSI RS 3 Quattro 5dr S Tronic (Nav) ABS,Alloy Wheels,Automatic Gearbox,Automatic Headlights,Automatic Wipers,Bluetooth Prepared,CD Player,Climate Control,Electric Front Seats,Electric Mirrors,Electric Windows,Engine Immobiliser,Four Wheel Drive,Full Service History,Heated Mirrors,iPod Connection,Isofix Seats,Leather Steering Wheel,Leather Upholstery,LED Headlights,Manufacturer Warranty,MP3 Connectivity,Onboard Computer,Power Steering,Satellite Navigation

    • Year: 2016
    • Mileage: 15500 mi
    • Engine size: 2.5
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  • 2016 Audi RS3 Sportback Quattro Nav 5dr

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    STRAP LINE : DYNAMIC PACK + TECH PACK + B&O SEPANG BLUE PEARL + SUPER SPORT SEATS + SAT NAV PLUS + TECH PACK + REVERSE CAMERA + DYNAMIC PACK + RS SPORTS EXHAUST + MAG RIDE + COMFORT PACK + BANG & OULFSEN SOUND SYSTEM + CRUISE CONTROL + ALUMINUIM STYLING PACK + FOLDING MIRRORS, Heated Front Seats, Dual-Zone Electronic Climate Control, DAB Digital Radio Reception, Audi Parking System Plus, Front and Rear with Selective Display, MMI Radio Plus, Audi Music Interface, 19in x 8J 5-Arm Rotor Design Galvanished Silver Alloy Wheels with 235/35 R19 Tyres and Anti-Theft Wheel Bolts, Rain Sensor, Colour Drivers Information System (DIS), Thatcham Category 1 Alarm, Mobile Phone Preparation - Bluetooth Interface, Upholstery - Fine Nappa Leather Upholstery with Embossed RS3 Logo, Tyre Pressure Loss Indicator

    For sale
  • Audi RS3 Quattro S Tronic

    POA POA

    Audi RS3 Sportback 2.5 Turbo Flat 5 7 Speed S Tronic Gearbox Registered in May 2012 Finished Daytona Grey Pearl with Black Nappa Leather Interior, Performance Seats, Perforated Leather Steering Wheel, Rear Parking Sensors, Rear Privacy Glass, 2 Years Audi Warranty Remaining, 19" 5-Arm Rotor Alloys, Continental Tyres, Global Close Windows, Bose Sound System, Pop-Up Rear Privacy Blind, Electric Windows, Air Conditioning, Satellite Navigation, Parking Aid, CD Player, Leather Trim, Heated Seats, Height Adjustable Driver and Passenger Seat, Folding Rear Seats, Child Seat Isofix Points, Ski Hatch, Rear Wiper, Rear Heated Screen, Electric Mirrors, Cruise Control, DAB Radio, LED Daylight Running Lights, Heated Headlamp Washer, Traction Control, Central Locking, Alarm, Immobiliser, Full Audi Service History at 17,219 on 15/5/13, 18,753 on 04/02/14 and at 28,153 on 29/01/15. Finance available on request – subject to status and terms. Ask about our Company Directors packages. Fully Valeted; 12 Months MOT; UK Wide Delivery Available, Part Exchange Welcome. Follow us on Youtube, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

    • Year: 2012
    For sale
  • AUDI RS3 2.5 TFSI Sportback S Tronic Quattro 2011

    £23,993 £23,993

    RAC INSPECTED and APPROVED. Top Brand Cars are pleased to offer this true super car in stunning, White, With full fine nappa leather interior, This RS3 provides performance, Looks and practicality, Just some of the spec includes DSG Gearbox with steering wheel paddle shift, SATNAV, Bluetooth interface with voice control, Audi multi media interface, Dual SD readers, Auxiliry leads, Bose sound system, Heated front seats, Stainless steel exhaust, Electric folding door mirrors, Rear park assist, Dual climate control, Xenon headlights, Auto headlights and wipers. For full spec feel free to call our sales team. Viewing by appointment only. Part exchange welcome. Finance available. Debit and credit cards taken

    • Mileage: 33000 mi
    • Engine size: 2.48
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