Firing it up returns a rapidfire cackle from the twin pipes and with it, that distinctive five-cylinder bark so reminiscent from those old rally days

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Audi RS3 


Don’t let its small stance deceive you, for the Audi RS3 has a fierce bite courtesy of its 400bhp, turbocharged 5-cylinder engine. 


It’s a formula that’s worked well for Audi for many decades; combining all-wheel drive with a turbocharged 5-cylinder screamer of an engine. The RS3 promises much.


Straight up, without even getting into the Audi RS3, it was obvious that this car was built with one thing in mind. Climbing hills fast.


With a wheel at each corner, 400bhp from a torquey 2.5-litre, five-cylinder, turbocharged engine and all that power being evenly distributed through all wheels. This is Audi back doing what it does best.


Edging against the dramatic Dhofar Mountains which sharply rise 2500 metres from the Omani coast with a series of enticing, yet slippery switchback roads, Salalah is the holiday destination the locals choose to escape the summer heat and the Audi RS3 was in its element as we sprinted to the clouds.


Under normal conditions, most power is delivered to the front wheels but at the slightest hint of traction loss, and long before any regular human can detect it, the RS3’s brain transfers power to the rear wheels or non slipping wheels in milliseconds. [To be continued...]