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Audi RS 3 (2021): The revised five-cylinder is convincing

Price: The Audi RS 3 sedan is 2000 euros more expensive than the Sportback

The new Audi RS 3 comes with the five-cylinder engine of its predecessor, which only increases in torque. Audi has not tweaked the 400 hp. The optics are now much more aggressive and there is a new drift mode. The compact sports car can already be ordered, the first copies will be available from dealers from the end of October 2021. The prices are also out for the RS 3 Sportback they start at 60,000 euros, the sedan is available from 62,000 euros.

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Optics: Optional matrix LED lights with special coming home graphics

The design of the new RS 3 is significantly worse than with the predecessor. At the front, this is mainly due to the new black maskthat connects the headlights and the now larger and more angular Singleframe. One floor below we see a new apron with enlarged side air inlets. Both are closed by a newly designed, fairly wide-meshed grid. We already know the flat headlights from the A3. They are equipped with LED technology and dynamic indicators as standard. Matrix LED technology with special features is available for an additional charge Coming home graphic: The LEDs in the square part of the light signature that extend downwards then form a checkered flag on the left, the characters RS-3 appear one after the other on the right. When driving, the checkered flag can be found on both sides.

New air intake behind the front wheel arches

In profile, a new air inlet behind the exposed front wheel arches makes the compact model look even more sporty; this design is also used in the electric e-tron GT. The track was widened by 33 millimeters. Behind the 19 inch cast wheels If desired, the new ceramic brake with saddles in gray, red or blue flashes out. There is a newly developed steel brake with black or red brake calipers as standard.
Audi RS3 Sportback

No blender: The Audi RS 3 naturally has real tailpipes in the rear apron.


Let’s get to the stern. We already know the changed shape of the LED taillights from the A3, The black element under the trunk lid is new. Here, the honeycomb lattice of the front is taken up again decoratively. A positive side effect: the parking sensors are hardly noticeable. Two oval tailpipes, one on each side, and a newly designed diffuser form the end at the rear. Incidentally, when it comes to the trim, Audi does it the other way around than the competition with the new one too: Everything is blackened in the factory, if you want an aluminum look, you have to pay a surcharge.

Interior: Audi RS 3 with head-up display for the first time

AUTO BILD has already tried the seat in the new Audi RS 3. Basically, we already know the interior of the Audi A3 – the biggest change is that the 10.1-inch central screen is no longer attached, but is now located in the dashboard. In addition to the usual infotainment functions such as the navigation system or smartphone integration, you can also use it here special parameters such as the temperature of the cooling water or the engine and transmission oil display. There is still a 12.3-inch digital cockpit with special displays for all the information you need in a sporty compact: G-forces, lap times, acceleration from zero to 100 and 200 km / h, time for the quarters – or eighth of a mile. With the third generation there is also a head-up display for the first time.
Audi RS3 Sportback

As in the Audi RS 6, there is also a graphic in the RS 3 for an extra charge that shows the rev counter in the so-called “runway design” (as a horizontal column).


For a sporty feeling in the interior, of course, you need more than just a few special displays. the The instrument panel is made of carbon, Driver and passenger sit up RS sport seats with good lateral support. That Sports steering wheel with the 12 o’clock mark lies comfortably in the hand; it is flattened at the bottom, has new shift paddles and is equipped with a new “RS Mode” button (for the special RS driving modes) on the right spoke.

Driving: Sound and acceleration make for a pleasant shudder

AUTO BILD has already driven the new Audi RS 3. Audi has sharpened the five-cylinder by increasing the boost pressure (1.6 instead of 1.4 bar). The peak power of 400 hp is now available earlier and remains on a plateau of 1400 tours. In addition, the torque has risen to a smooth 500 Newton meters, according to the data sheet. Transferring theory into practice here means: nail the pedal to the floor panel, the RS 3 winds slightly around the vertical axis, all four wheels spin. Oh la la! This also applies to the sound. Still sonorous below, a wild hiss develops from 4500 tours. The acoustic impressions with the violent acceleration ensure a pleasant shudder. And the dual clutch transmission is very ambitious when it comes to sorting the gear ratio under load.
Audi RS3

Particularly impressive: the sound. At first it is sonorous, it turns into a wild hissing sound above 4500 tours.


Drifts seem a bit artificial

The new torque splitter is also on board. In “Torque Rear” mode, the RS 3 also lets the rear hang out casually on the racetrack. It is true that the rear axle breaking out appears to have been brought about somewhat artificially, but it’s still more fun than stubbornly following the ideal line. Thanks to the high performance, extended drifts can also be performed – impressive!

Steering and chassis are designed to be more compatible with the masses

What the tough girls and boys could possibly be missing: the steering and chassis are designed to be compatible with the masses, so not quite as toxic. Even the comfortable seats could pinch your love handles harder. In the end, however, this ingenious sound was imprinted again, which editor Stefan Novitski loudly imitated even days after the test drive.

“RS design package plus” sharpens the look of the Audi RS 3 even further

Our photo vehicle does with that RS design package plus The interior looks particularly good: the belt edges, seat shoulders and the bar in the air outlets are sporty red, with additional red stitching. Instead of red, these elements are now also available in green upon request. With these accents, it should be clear to the last person at first glance that we are dealing with the sharpest A3. Incidentally, the back seat offers a strong contrast. While you are grabbed by the ambience at the front and want to hit the racetrack straight away, the seats and the space in a row behind them are extremely comfortable.

Equipment: The RS 3 is the first Audi to have a drift mode

There is a premiere in the RS 3: It is the first sports Audi with what is known as torque splittering. We already know the rear axle drive from the VW Golf 8 R and Tiguan R. It distributes the power of the rear axle individually between the two rear wheels – that can be up to 1750 Nm per wheel. The technology should not only make understeer and oversteer a thing of the past; it is also the perfect prerequisite for its own drift mode, which is hidden behind the new “RS Torque Rear” driving mode. The second new driving program is called “RS Performance Mode” and was specially developed for the racetrack. Likewise standard on board: That RS sports suspension (puts the compact a whole 25 millimeters lower than the A3), the specially tuned Progressive steering and a Flap exhaust for the optimal sound, which now adapts to the driving mode. The RS sport exhaust system is optional, as are the semi-slicks that are now available for the first time for the RS 3.
Audi RS3 sedan

The roof of the sedan can be ordered in a black contrasting paint on request. The basic color “Kyalami green” is only available for the RS.


Engine: The five-cylinder in the Audi RS 3 gets a little more torque

And now to the engine. It stays with the five-cylinder, the 2.5-liter TFSI. However, the drive has been modified so that it produces 20 Nm more torque, in total 500 Nm. the 400 hpthat the predecessor already had are available sooner and longer. Switching takes over again Seven-speed DSGAs a genuine Audi, the sportiest A3 is and will of course remain a quattro. Because of the increase in torque, the RS 3 now sprints three tenths faster from 0 to 100 km / h: in 3.8 seconds. There are three variants of the top speed. Basically the RS 3 is limited to 250 km / h, optionally the top speed can be increased to 280 km / h. So far, so well known. The innovation here: In conjunction with the optional ceramic brake, the Vmax can be increased even further, to 290 km / h.

Technical specifications

Audi RS 3 Sportback 2.5 TFSI quattro ● Engine: five-cylinder gasoline engine ● Displacement: 2480 cm³ ● Max. Power: 294 kW (400 hp) at 5600-700 min-1 ● max. Torque: 500 Nm at 2250–5600 rpm-1 ● Drive: all-wheel drive ● Transmission: seven-speed S Tronic ● Top speed; 250 km / h ● Acceleration 0–100 km / h: 3.8 s ● Consumption: 8.8–8.3 l / 100 km ● CO2 emissions: 201-190 g / km ● Efficiency class: FE ● Emission standard: Euro 6d-ISC-FCM ● Price: from 60,000 euros.

Audi RS 3 sedan 2.5 TFSI quattro ● Engine: five-cylinder gasoline engine ● Displacement: 2480 cm³ ● Max. Power: 294 kW (400 hp) at 5600-700 min-1 ● max. Torque: 500 Nm at 2250–5600 rpm-1 ● Drive: all-wheel drive ● Transmission: seven-speed S Tronic ● Top speed; 250 km / h ● Acceleration 0–100 km / h: 3.8 s ● Consumption: 8.7–8.2 l / 100 km ● CO2 emissions: 198-188 g / km ● Efficiency class: E ● Emission standard: Euro 6d-ISC-FCM ● Price: from 62,000 euros.

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