There are parts of the world where a performance car is something that can only be enjoyed seasonally. Even when passenger or cargo space isn’t an issue, the cold and the snow makes something like a Miata a bad choice as a winter daily driver for a lot of people. So Audi put out this video as a way to remind us all that, even though it is an impressive performance machine, the 2015 Audi RS3 is also plenty capable on ice and in the cold. This was demonstrated by Audi U.K. taking an RS3 onto a rink with a bunch of hockey players.

Putting out 367 horsepower, hitting 62 mph in 4.3 seconds and running a 12.4-second quarter mile, the RS3’s performance credentials are undeniable. But some buyers are likely to take one look at the low-profile tires and shy away. But the Germans do cold weather well, and Audi definitely does all-wheel-drive well, so the RS3 is an impressively well-rounded car. Sales of the previous generation of the car were good enough to surprise even Audi, and we’re just hoping that this is a good enough reason for Audi to bring this generation over to North America.

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2015 Audi RS3 Exterior
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We finally received all of the information on the 2015 Audi RS3, and boy was it worth the wait!

Those familiar with Audi’s history probably weren’t too surprised that the RS3 handles the ice with ease. Audi’s rise from post-WWII obscurity to household name around the world was built on the legacy of the Sport Quattro’s rally prowess. And more of the Sport Quattro’s DNA is present in the RS3 than you may realize. The engine is a turbocharged five-cylinder, which sends its power through an all-wheel-drive system which is broadly similar (if updated) to the one in the original rally car. Even the engine’s firing order is the same as the original, so it produces a similar sound. All that remains is for Audi to announce that the car will be sold in the U.S.
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