With a 400 hp five-cylinder engine, ground-breaking efficiency and an even sharper look, the Audi RS3 is the first compact Audi saloon to bear the RS label.
The new 2.5 TFSI engine outputs 400 hp, 33 hp more than its predecessor. That makes it the most powerful five-cylinder engine in the global market. The compact RS model sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.1 seconds, and can attain a maximum speed of 250 km/h; on request Audi can increase the electronically limited top speed to 280 km/h. The unique sound of the five-cylinder unit really intensifies an already emotionally charged driving experience.
With lightning-fast shifting, the S tronic seven-speed dual clutch transmission transmits the power of the 2.5 TFSI to the quattro permanent all-wheel drive.
Its electro-hydraulic multi-plate clutch distributes the drive torque variably between the axles and this electronic control combines superior stability with a high level of driving pleasure. During faster and sportier drives, a large share of the torque will reach the rear axle resulting in especially agile driving characteristics.
quattro® is integrated as a standard feature in the Audi drive select dynamic handling system, as are the steering, S tronic, engine management and the adjustable exhaust flaps. The driver can individually vary the operation of these components between the three modes: comfort, auto and dynamic. The same is true for the optional RS sport suspension plus with adaptive damper control.
Progressive steering, four-link rear axle, a tight setup and lowered by 25 millimetres relative to the standard model: the chassis of the RS 3 saloon is the perfect partner for the powerful drive system. From its stable centre position, the RS 3 saloon spontaneously steers into curves and follows through with superior precision.
The fully digital Audi virtual cockpit is optionally available. On its high-resolution 12.3-inch monitor the driver can choose between three display modes. They include a special RS screen that moves the tachometer to the centre. On the left and right, information appears on tyre pressure, torque and g forces. When the transmission is operating in manual mode, a scale with a colour background prompts the driver to use the steering wheel paddle or selector lever to upshift when approaching maximum revs.