Possessing the capacity to sprint from standstill to 100ph in 3.8s and up to 290 kph of top speed, while also featuring innovations such as RS Torque Splitter, semi slicks and specific RS driving modes – the new Audi RS 3 is said to offer driving dynamics of the highest calibre and the best numbers in its segment. The cars are currently on sale in Europe, and prices start from €60,000 for RS 3 Sportback and €62,000 for the RS3 Sedan. More RS 3 models are said to launched later this year.
Audi’s 2.5-litre, five-cylinder turbocharged motor - ‘International Engine of the Year’ for nine times in a row – it delivers 401hp at 5,000-7,000rpm through a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox to both axles. Granting 500Nm of torque at 2,250-5,600rpm, the new RS3 is reported to accelerate “even faster from low ranges” than its forerunner, with a wider rev band as well. Audi also highlights that its high-performance engine also has a highly ‘intoxicating’ sound, and the body widened to resemble its sporty DNA, exhaust system and cockpit is displayed like those found in race cars.
“With the third generation of the Audi RS 3 Sportback and the second generation of the Audi RS 3 Sedan, we now offer premium sports cars that are suitable for everyday use and equally thrilling to drive on public roads and racetracks,” says Sebastian Grams, Managing Director of Audi Sport GmbH. “They represent the entry point into our RS world and, thanks to the torque splitter, the ultimate in outstanding performance in the compact segment. Eye catching for the third-generation RS 3 is a torque splitter device, which replaced its precursor’s rear differential. It comprises of two electronically controlled multi-disc clutches to distribute the power in a better way across the rear axle, while also reducing understeer under hard cornering, allowing “controlled drifts” in the RS Torque Rear mode. The RS 3 features a bigger set of six-piston brake callipers, coupled with ventilated and drilled discs on each axle in optional grey, red, blue or black callipers. Semi-slick tyres, which will provide an improved on-track performance will also be offered in some markets.
The RS 3 features bespoke performance wheels, added air intakes, a larger exhaust and more violent styling cues. The front consists of a contrasting black grille, matte or gloss, which extends into the headlight chunk. The headlights are by preference, also available as matrix LED with dark bezels. The side skirts are finished in black, as are the side mirrors, rear diffuser and the roof, at discretion. Audi has also added two new colours: the Kyalami Green and Kemora Grey. The interior is similar, it stands by and promotes the general idea of sportiness, and RS 3’s performance credentials. The instrument panel embodies carbon fibre, the seat upholstery is available in Nappa leather which black, red or green contrasting stitching. Audi puts sports seats as optionally available. A 12.3-inch digital display is standard across all models and features RS-specific tachometer, power usage, and gearshift indicator graphics, along with an ‘RS Runway’ design, which shows the data that “resembles an airplane runway”.