The new Audi RS3 Sportback will have a best-in-class 362bhp and a 0-62mph time of 4.3sec when it goes on sale in the UK next summer at a price of around £39,950.
The new car will initially be available in a five-door hatchback bodystyle, although Audi sources hint a saloon version of the new RS3 is being readied to compete with the CLA45 AMG.
Styling-wise, the RS3 is distinguished from its lesser A3 siblings by its aggressive front end styling, while the rear receives a uniquely shaped spoiler above the tailgate, more pronounced bumper with integrated diffuser and a pair of large oval tailpipes.
The RS3 Sportback comes with a seven-speed automatic gearbox and four-wheel drive.
As an option, buyers can choose an adaptive suspension that can be tweaked to enhance agility or ride comfort as needed.
Inside, there are leather sport seats, unique instrument graphics and stainless steel pedals.