The Audi RS 3 Sedan is here to shake up the pecking order.
This was unexpected. Until now, the American market had never seen the letters R, S and 3 on the same emblem. When Audi of America confirmed the arrival of the Audi RS 3 Sedan in 2017, it raised more than a few eyebrows. Was there room above the accomplished Audi S3? Was it necessary? To the most demanding enthusiasts, there’s always room for more performance.
Like the iconic Audi R8, the twin-turbocharged Audi RS 7 or the thrilling Audi TT RS, the Audi RS 3 was created by Audi Sport, the motorsports division of Audi AG. Audi Sport traces its beginnings to the first record-setting Audi Quattro rally cars and a trophy case full of hardware from winning against the world’s toughest competitors. A vehicle that’s earned the right to wear an RS badge has been tuned by motorsport engineers to achieve a higher standard of performance.
Performance is everything
For the Audi RS 3, Audi Sport placed the latest version of the turbocharged 2.5-liter TFSI® five-cylinder engine into the Audi A3 chassis. Featuring a lighter aluminum-alloy engine block and a dual-injection fuel delivery system, the engine is rated at up to 400 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque. Zero to 60 mph comes up in just 3.9 seconds, and top speed is 155 mph or 174 mph with the available Dynamic plus package.
As an Audi Sport creation, you expect a sophisticated quattro® all-wheel drive system to distribute the wealth of the engine’s power. The Audi RS 3 features a quattro® all-wheel drive system with an electrohydraulic clutch that is tuned by Audi Sport to send as much power to the rear wheels as possible for increased driving dynamics. The system works in tandem with a seven-speed S tronic® dual-clutch transmission that changes gears in a smooth, nearly seamless exchange.
For precise handling, the Audi RS 3 comes standard with an RS-tuned magnetic ride suspension system that sits 25mm lower than the standard A3 and continually adapts the function of the shock absorbers to the road profile and the driver’s style. Through the Audi drive select menu, you can choose from Dynamic, Comfort, Individual and Auto modes to suit your driving style and road conditions. Your points of contact come through high performance tires on 19-inch wheels.
Style + sport
Inside and out, the Audi RS 3 features unique design elements such as S Sport front seats with Fine Nappa leather, contrast diamond stitching and embossed RS insignia. Illuminated Aluminum Race interior inlays add a metallic edge, while RS Carbon inlays are optional.
Exterior highlights include a Singleframe® grille with a Gloss Black honeycomb pattern, full LED headlights and Matte Aluminum optic trim elements. The front fascia features more aggressive spoiler and air intake styling, and underneath the reshaped rear bumper, you’ll find a rear diffuser and chrome-finished oval exhaust pipe outlets. These stylistic enhancements serve as indicators of higher performance.
A vehicle that’s earned the right to wear an RS badge has been tuned by motorsport engineers to achieve a higher standard of performance.
You could consider the Audi RS 3 the prodigy who wrote his first symphony when he was five years old, started his Ph.D. when he was 13 or went straight to the pros just out of high school: the fast-learning, overachiever. Gifted with Audi Sport motorsport engineering, the RS 3 serves as the entry point to an expanding portfolio of RS vehicles.