Audi’s Quattro section never let us have the all-wheel-drive, giant-killing RS3. Too sophisticated for the us, they said. Too European. And we only create it as a Sportback (that’s hatchback to you). you would not like it. You are more SUV kind of folks.
But ex-Lamborghini president Stephan Winkelmann is presently the boss and he is brought with him a worldview that Quattro GmbH never had. And in spite of being busy changing the letterhead to Audi Sport, Winkelmann found time to think about America. And he must like us because he is moved us to the top of the list.
Also will we get the renovation RS3, with its modern, light-weight 5-cylinder turbo machine chomping out 332 pound-feet of torsion and 400 Horsepower, we’ll get it in a crisply styled three-box sedan. And we’ll get it first, before even Germany.
Audi RS3 Sedan – Features
The RS3’s 2.5-liter 5-cylinder contains sufficient force to fling it to 62 mph in 4.1 seconds and, thanks to hurl control, the ability to do thus repeatably. It’s coming with a 155-mph top speed that may be raised to 174. It’s imminent with limpet grip from a rear-biased all-wheel-drive system. It’s coming with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission (and do not ask for a stick shift, because they haven’t bothered to engineer one).
It’s coming standard with constantly variable magnetic ride dampers, that replace the base fixed-rate steel spring-and-damper setup. However more than anything else, the RS3 sedan is coming here with that engine. It starts with a sharp braaap as it spins to around 4000 revolutions per minute and then a pop and bang which will wake the neighbors. And that is in the quieter default mode.
It’s like an angry man who continually wakes up looking for a fight and, finding he cannot get one, barks out the last word anyway. The engine’s flat torsion and power curves mean its delivery does not feel linear (because it isn’t) and you can smack into the limiter when you think you are still about 1000 rpm short of it, particularly in the middle gears.
Audi RS3 Sedan Engine Works
The sound of the engine rises to its sonorous best early (because that is where folks use it most often) and works to hold the note as it gets louder, instead of tweaking the timbre as the revs rise. But that is one of the few criticisms you may make of it. The old engine used an iron block, however our 1st RS3 uses the new aluminium one, and rather than cacophonous out 335 Horsepower like that one (or 355 as in the TT RS Plus), we get 400 Horsepower.
Only the bore and stroke dimensions remain in an engine that refuses to share a single bolt with the one it replaces. With both direct and indirect fuel injection system, variable valve timing and lift, and a turbo that may stuff in up to 1.35 bar of air, it is also immensely strong, almost all the time. It’s you covered if you want to mess around from low revs, reaching peak torsion at 1750 revolutions per minute and still punching it out at 5850. Not coincidently, 5850 revolutions per minute is the actual spot in the rev range where it also hits peak power, that it’s still delivering at 7000 revolutions per minute.
Audi RS3 Sedan Performance and Package
The transmission shifts smoothly in Comfort and the default auto mode, however quickly and proactively in Dynamic, grabbing lower gears below braking and holding on to them until the car straightens on the exits, and it’s nearly flawlessly in synchronise with you on winding roads. It’s even intuitive to use in its manual mode, with paddle shifters that work far more intuitively than the shifter’s backwards manual gate.
There could be seven forward cogs in the box, however it’s really more like a close-ratio six-speed with a fuel-sipping highway gear sitting above all of them. Audi cannot tell us how much it’ll price yet, except to confirm it’ll most likely be about $60,000, plus or minus $5,000 (final pricing can rely on the equipment list, which is also far from locked in), with a choice of 2 distinct 19-inch alloys.
The first-rate S3 sedan lists at $43,850 plus options, if that helps you to figure where the RS3 sits. And it’s by far the cheapest car Winkelmann has ever launched as a CEO. Audi Sport can still made the RS3 in hatch type (but not for us), which will join the sedan in European showrooms in August or September. Our 1st RS3 will be here before that, earlier in summer. For once, the us gets something cool before everybody else.