The Audi RS3 Sportback is one of the fastest hot hatchbacks on sale today. Offering an alternative to the likes of the Volkswagen Golf R and Mercedes A45 AMG, the smartly styled five-door blends a gorgeous interior with startling performance and all-weather grip.
Picking a colour is always a tough choice for a new car. A less flattering shade could potentially have a marked effect on resale values and leave you forever having to clean it. We’ve run through the eight colour choices for the RS3, so which is your favourite?
To demystify the different finishes available, read our car paint types guide to learn the difference between solid, metallic and pearlescent shades.
Nardo grey – £0
Nardo grey is a flat, medium grey shade. On the basic A3 Sportback, this primer-like finish might look a little cheap, but on an aggressive, wide-arched RS Audi it has a mean and moody look. It won’t be the obvious choice for most meaning it might not sell on the used market as easily as other shades, but we think it looks great. It’ll hide dirt very well.
Catalunya red – £550
This bright, metallic red is a very popular choice among Audi RS buyers. It’s loud and bold, and perfectly matches the in-your-face attitude you’d expect from a 362hp superhatch. Its brashness will win it fans on the used market but relatively regular cleaning will be needed to keep it looking good.
Floret silver – £550
If you’re being true to Audi’s motorsport heritage, then Floret silver would be the colour to pick. It’s hard to go wrong with a silver car, but there are many on the road so extroverts should steer clear. It’ll show up road dirt fairly badly without regular cleaning but, if you do, it’ll sell easily on the used market.
Glacier white – £550
If you spec your RS3 in Glacier white, you can be confident that it’ll provide a solid financial return come trade-in time considering the current popularity of white cars. White is the worst colour for road dirt, however, so make sure you budget for plenty of car washes.
Mythos black – £550
This is a pretty standard metallic black so will always have a queue of people on the used market waiting to take it off your hands. Don’t cut corners when you clean it, however, because black shows up swirl marks from cheap car washes easily.
Daytona grey – £550
Many Audis on the road are a sparkly grey similar to this, so buyers looking to blend in should take note. It’ll hide dirt well so won’t require that much cleaning and will tempt plenty of used buyers when you come to resell it.
Sepang blue – £550
Like Catalunya red, Sepang blue is one of the shades that Audi often uses in its press photos to best show off the car. We think it looks great – eye-catching yet quite classy at the same time. Used buyers will push hard for this colour but it won’t hide dirt as well as darker shades.
Panther black crystal – £775
At first glance, it might be hard to work out much of a difference between Mythos and Panther black. Look at it under sunlight and the extra £225 for the latter starts to justify itself. The pearlescent flake adds a brown tint in bright sunlight, which looks classy. It’ll hide dirt well and sell easily on the used market, although, you might not make all the costs back.
Exclusive paint finishes – £2,025
In addition to the regular paint options, Audi allows buyers to pick any hue from Audi’s full palette. If you really want to stand out, then this will be the place to go. It’s worth bearing in mind that, at £2,025, these finishes will make little financial sense whatsoever but, for some, the exclusivity will be worth the price.
We’re quite fond of this retina-burning shade called Glutorange – frequently used on the Audi TTS.
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