We have already talked about Audi A3 sedan which is declared as a small family car. For a long time, A3 was known as a hatchback. The young people adore it. But now the time is to extend A3 family with RS3 model, which will be more powerful than A3 and S3. Namely, 2018 Audi RS3 was shown at 2016 Paris Motor Show. What can you expect from it? The first association is a stronger engine with higher outputs compared to the standard model. Also, you can see differences on exterior design, as and into the interior.
Furthermore, RS3 badge brings sportier spirit with some specific features in goal to serve as an aggressive compact sedan. If you look outside then you can notice that it is similar to hatchback version. Especially the rear end. To sum it up, the interior comes with sports upholstery, commands, and other details just like in S3.
2018 Audi RS3 Exterior Design
If you look at the trunk on the 2018 Audi RS3, you will recognize lines as in a hatchback. Further, new design language gives sharper lines and aggressiveness. The front fascia has a usual single-frame grille with honeycomb mesh on it. The headlights section has undergone through updates. In addition, you can count on Matrix LED lights as an option. If you look better at wheel arches then you can see progress in size. For example, this sedan has 0.8-inch wider wheel arches than usual. That’s not all; the rear track is also wider for 0.55-inch. The special customers pay attention to colors and decorative accents. For this purposes, the carmaker has prepared exclusive Nardo Gray and Catalunya Red exterior colors. This story we can conclude with the four-door layout.
2018 Audi RS3 Interior
RS trim package includes same settings just like in S version. Sports interior requires black Nappa leather upholstery and the contoured shape of the seat customized for body and head. The 2018 Audi RS3 also disposes of with the digital instrumental panel and 12.3-inch TFT screen. On the equipment list available are MMI system, navigation, Bang & Olufsen sound system and more additional options. Management is very precise because new sporty steering wheel has mechanical upgrades and very fast response. For the solid enthusiast who wants to know all, they may learn more about buttons, functions, and any detail which will be available in the brochure.
2018 Audi RS3 Specification
What launches the 2018 Audi RS3 in general? It takes drivetrain from Audi TT RS. Let’s go to talk about 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine which produces 400 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque. Acceleration from 0 to 62 mph takes just 4.1 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited to 174 mph. That’s a great result and perhaps biggest in the segment. This time carmaker will take care of fuel economy and use aluminum in order to decrease weight for 57 pounds. By the way, new RS3 will dominate on all four wheels (Quattro system) mated with the seven-speed automatic dual-clutch transmission.
Special attention dedicates safety features because 2018 Audi RS3 is a very fast car. We will mention just some as a pre-sense front warning, Stop&Go, emergency braking etc.
2018 Audi RS3 Price & Competitors
Since the 2018 Audi RS3 is the premium model, prices in the US market will move from $55,000. The release date comes in summer of 2017. The key competitors are BMW M2 and Mercedes-AMG CLA45.