We’ve been looking at the 400-hp Audi RS3 Sportback from afar for a while now, but the orientation will get a lot acceptable when our version of the German pouch missile launches in the U.S. next season. Before it does that, however, Audi evaluated it champion to put the RS3’s turbocharged inline-five and other performance squeezes into the A3’s sedan body, because, well, this is America, and we all know how Americans feel about hatchback cars. The official statement serves as proof of what Audi has expressed several times, that it will offer Americans a version of the RS3 eventually. Even so, it’s good to see the four-door sedan, betrunked RS3 looks distinct and even a bit alarming with its additional holes up front, bewitching 19 inch wheelbase, with couple of big exhaust.
The Quattro writing included on every Audi RS version is prominently shown on the debased opening, and the indoor has red handicraft throughout, with leather sport rooms and several RS hypostases so you won’t non accomplishment the vehicle for a lowborn S3. The 2.5 liter turbo five with 400 horsepower and 354 lb-ft of torque is also used in the TT RS, Audi’s sports coupe that assets its MQB platform with the whole A3 extent. Audi says the collection of the five-cylinder with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission will get the RS3 to 62 mph from standstill in 4.1 seconds, thinking the last TT RS went from zero to 60 mph in well under 4.0 seconds, encase 40 fewer stallions, we wouldn’t be affected if the RS3 proves to be a bit fast than Audi’s calculation. A top speed of 174 mph is also a fantastic metric.
The RS3’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system will give force with a tough partiality toward the procreate shaft and this vehicle drives an inch debased than an conventional A3. Standard 235/35 tires cover around those hot looking wheels, while a slightly strange equipment with beamy 255/30 tires up front will be an option, likely to acceptable equilibrium the vehicle and battle understeer.
Carbon-ceramic restraint armatures also are an option for the front shaft. Pricing not announced yet, but don’t be affected if the RS3 starts well above $50,000. The quality S3, with 108 horsepower less than the RS3, costs $43,850 to commence, and RS versions typically control momentous value payments over their S cognitions. For example, the RS7 costs $30,800 more than the S7, albeit in a high value set. In that value territory, the RS3 will have its work separate out for it claiming with the BMW M2 and the Mercedes-AMG CLA45. At least it has both of those vehicles beat on energy and comes quality with that different five-cylinder attractiveness.