2018 Audi RS3 Sedan 400 HP Review & Changes – We’ve been gazing at the 400-hp Audi RS3 Sportback from afar for a when now, but the view will get a good deal far better when our version of the German budget rocket rolls out in the United States next summer. Well before it will that, however, Audi thought it best to set the RS3’s turbocharged inline-five and also other performance tweaks into the A3’s sedan body, since, well, this is America, and we all understand how Americans feel about hatchbacks, appropriate?
The official news serves as verification of what Audi has stated several periods: it will offer you Americans a version of the RS3 at some point. Nevertheless, it is wonderful to see the hotted-up sedan in the aluminum. The four-door, betrunked RS3 seems razor-sharp and also a tad menacing with its additional air vents up front, appealing 19-inch wheels, and a husband and wife of big exhaust stores. The Quattro lettering integrated on each Audi RS model is conspicuously displayed on the reduce grille, and the interior has red stitching through, with leather-based sports seats and several RS graphics so you will not blunder the car for a plebeian S3.
As for the componentry, it is all comparatively common information. 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 gives its MQB platform with the entire A3 range. Audi states the mixture of the five-cylinder with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission will get the RS3 from zero to 62 mph in 4.1 seconds; considering the final TT RS has gone from zero to 60 mph ineffectively under 4.0 seconds, preparing 40 fewer horses, we would not be surprised if the RS3 shows to be a little faster than Audi’s calculate. A top speed of 174 mph is also an impressive metric.
The RS3’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system will deliver torque with a stronger prejudice towards the rear axle (Audi doesn’t give specific numbers), which car rides an inch lower than a regular A3. Standard 235/35 tires wrap about individuals hot-looking wheels, while a bit fascinated set up with broader 255/30 tires up front will be a choice, very likely to greater stability the car and fight understeer. Carbon-ceramic brake rotors also are a possibility for the front axle.
There’s no word nevertheless on prices for the RS3, but do not be amazed if the RS3 commences nicely above $50,000. The standard S3, with 108 horsepower lower than the RS3, costs $43,850 to start, and RS models normally demand considerable price premiums more than their S equivalents. For the occasion, the RS7 fees $30,800 more than the S7, although in a higher price bracket. In that price arena, the RS3 will have its work cut out for it contending with the BMW M2 and the Mercedes-AMG CLA45. A minimum of it offers the two of these cars beat on power (for now) and is available normal with that strange five-cylinder charm.