Video: 2011 Audi RS3 snow driving footage

Ever wanted to own an Audi S1 Quattro simply for the sound it produces? Well, Audi is about to release its latest 'RS' sports car - the new 2011 Audi RS3 - and the noise the engine makes might be right up your alley.
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It's a very hot hatch with a howling five-cylinder engine that is able to resonate sounds that bring back memories of the old Audi S1 Quattro of the Group B rally days. The engine is practically identical to the one found in the Audi TT RS; a 2.5-litre engine that outputs a handy 250kW of power and 450Nm of torque.

The new Audi RS3 isn't scheduled to go on sale until mid-year in international markets (unfortunately, as CarAdvice reported earlier this week, Audi Australia has no plans to sell the car here at this stage), but Audi has since been testing a pre-production version in extreme cold conditions on snow and ice. And to demonstrate the car's superb all-weather handling characteristics and capabilities, Audi has released some video footage of it for us all to interpret.

Check it out below, and listen to that brutal five-cylinder howl. (We realise the sound is not perfectly in sync during some parts but you still get the gist.)

More information on the car can be found here.