When it was presented at the 2016 Paris Auto Show, the Audi RS3 Sedan became the first compact sedan to bear the RS label and the most powerful model in Audi’s compact line-up. But there is more – the 2.5 TFSI with 400 hp also became the world’s most powerful five-cylinder engine. With such attributes, the Audi RS3 Sedan is definitely the car every lover of sports driving would love to try.
AT A GLANCE
- World’s strongest 5-cylinder engine
- Perfect driving capabilities
- Usable as a family car
- Difficult to remain calm at the wheel
The new ‘Lord of the Rings’ in the compact segment also expresses its sporty character visually. The Singleframe with its three-dimensional honeycomb grille bears the quattro logo. At the bottom, a blade stretches across the whole of the front part. LED headlights with their distinctive daytime running light signature come as standard. The wider front track is highlighted by wider wheel arches. A fixed spoiler lip on the luggage compartment lid improves the separation of air flow.
Engine, drivetrain, and performance (5/5)
The Audi RS3 Sedan is using the 2.5 TFSI engine which produces 400 hp, 33 more than before, and 480 Nm of torque. The car sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.1 seconds, reaching the top speed of 250 km/h. Upon request, Audi will increase the electronically limited top speed to 280 km/h. With lightning-fast shifting, the S tronic 7-speed dual clutch transmission transmits the power to the quattro permanent all-wheel drive. Compared to the regular A3, the wheel track is widened both in front and the rear. The base frame of the RS3 Sedan is suitable for a powerful drive system, with its progressive steering, lowered setup and four-link rear axle.
Trim levels (5/5)
The standard equipment of the RS3 Sedan is rich. The LED headlights with their distinctive daytime running light signature are standard. You can also opt for Matrix LED headlights. In the interior, the dark-toned interior welcomes the driver and passengers with illuminated door sills bearing the RS3 logos. After that, they can sit in fine Nappa leather sport seats with RS logos on the backrests. The infotainment system MMI navigation plus with MMI touch uses 7-inch screen. The fully digital Audi virtual cockpit is available as an option.
The Audi RS3 sedan is also at the top of its class when it comes to driver assistance systems. They keep the car at the desired distance from the vehicle in front, assist the driver when changing lanes and staying within the given lane, detect traffic signs and help avoid rear-end collisions and pedestrian accidents. There are traffic jam assist, which briefly takes over the steering in slow-moving traffic up to 65 km/h, emergency assist, which automatically stops the car if required, and cross traffic assist. The Electronic Stabilisation Control (ESC) is also a standard feature.
The Audi RS3 Sedan is a proof that you don’t have to use twelve, ten or eight cylinders to develop a genuine sports car. The state-of-the-art five-cylinder engine, paired with Quattro drive, exports miraculous performances, and it sounds great. You can even modify the sound. The car looks like a sedan, it has space for four or five occupants, it has usable luggage compartment and above all that, it can be declared as a proper sports car. For family men who love enjoyable fast driving, there is nothing more than this car.