Many sports models are used on the MQB Evo platform, which is also used by the fourth generation of the Skoda Octavia. After all, Octavia RS can be included among them. However, neither she nor the Cupra Formentor VZ5 or the Volkswagen Golf R did the new Audi RS3. This will reach a speed of 100 km in less than four seconds.
The engine is the Alpha and Omega of the new generation of Audi’s compact sports car. Under the hood is a five-cylinder unique to this segment – the supercharged 2.5 TFSI unit – which now has 294 kW, or 400 hp. The Cupru Formentor VZ5 is powered by the same five-cylinder, but “only” 287 kW, or 390 hp. In addition, the power of the car is available earlier than its predecessor, between 5600 and 7000 rpm. Then the torque of 500 Nm increased by 20 Nm between generations.
Power is sent to all wheels by a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and the entire system allows the Audi RS3 to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.8 seconds. The maximum speed is electronically limited to 250 km / h, but the limiter can be opened and the maximum value increases to 280 km / h. And even then, there is a way to increase – just pay extra for a dynamic package with ceramic brakes and the selector suddenly moves at a speed of up to 290 km / h.
For comparison, the Mercedes-AMG A 45 S with a supercharged four-cylinder with a power of 310 kW, which is higher than the Audi, and all-wheel drive accelerates to 100 km / h in 3.9 seconds and cuts a maximum of 270 km / h with the limiter unlocked.
Audi will offer the RS3 as a sedan or as a five-door sports hatchback, both of which go hand in hand with other modifications with a powerful engine. Thus, the exhaust has variable plate control, which allows you to play with the sound of the engine, on the rear axle is an electronically controlled multi-plate clutch on the driveshaft of each wheel. This ensures an optimal distribution of torque between the wheels depending on the situation and above all – it allows, for example, to turn in a tight slip. The system allows all power to be transmitted to just one rear wheel. The car even has a specific drift mode.
The standard sport chassis is 25 mm closer to the road than the standard Audi A3, and adaptive shock absorbers are also available on request. The RS3 also features standard progressive steering, its gear decreasing as the steering wheel angle increases. Another new innovation is the Modular Driving Dynamics Control Unit, a system that collects data from components that affect lateral travel and synchronizes it so that Audi continues to offer the best possible driving characteristics.
The 375 or 310 mm ventilated, inter-cooling discs in the rear work to the stop, but the 380 mm ceramic discs are also available at an additional cost.
The exterior is traditionally enhanced by contoured bumpers, a radiator grille design or a diffuser with a dual exhaust pipe. Instead of the standard LED headlights, the car could also have Matrix LED headlights, which spanned digital daytime running lights into the lower corners. For example, the pixel symbol of the checkerboard flag appears on it, and when the car is locked or unlocked, the inscription RS3 appears in one half of the checkerboard and in the other half. As standard, the car has 19-inch alloy wheels, the paint range is complemented by new shades of green and gray, while the sedan can have a black contrast roof for the first time.
Inside, the flat steering wheel (also swivel as an option at first glance) and sporty seats with distinctive side-steering are available, which can be combined with black, red or green stitching along with the optional Nappa leather. Optional design packs also add red or green, with color elements added in several places. Digital alarms are standard, which can display, for example, the cycle time or the time required for acceleration. A multimedia system with a central touch screen can also transmit specific information.
Pre-orders for the Audi RS3 in both versions will open in mid-August, and launch in the fall. The RS3 Sportback costs no less than 1,552,900 kroner, while the RS3 as a limousine costs no less than 1,626,900 kroner.