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Audi RS3 Sportback: Yet another piece of hot-hatch forbidden fruit

Come on, Audi. You're already giving us the sedan. Give us the hatch, too!

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Audi originally announced the RS3 sedan at the Paris Motor Show in 2016.

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Now, less than a year later, Europe will receive a hatchback variant called the RS3 Sportback.

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Don't count on this one coming to the US, though. Buyers here don't like hatchbacks.

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It packs the same 400-horsepower, 2.5-liter I5 as the RS3 sedan.

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Thanks to its all-wheel drive, the RS3 Sportback will shimmy itself to 62 mph in just 4.1 seconds.

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The top speed is set at 155 mph, unless you ask for a higher top speed, in which case it'll be 174 mph.

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Carbon ceramic brakes are optional.

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It's 1.0 inch lower and 0.8 inches wider than the standard Audi A3 Sportback.

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Order books for the RS3 Sportback open in April.

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It will run you €54,600 ($58,064, directly converted), which is actually €1,300 ($1,382) less than the sedan.

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Cockpit
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