2018 Audi RS3 – Audi often denies the juiciest fruits in the United States, especially for the high-performance RS models. We were judged worthy of the RS4 sedan, the RS5 coupe and the RS7 sedan, but not the RS4 and RS6 or RS3 cars.
As the entry point for Audi’s most inflated performance cars and the highest designation in the A3 model line, the RS3 is designed for impact. At the front, the RS3’s wider track (compared to the A3 / S3 versions) features larger air intakes with platinum coverslips to match the current RS vehicles. The standard LED headlamps and daytime running lights provide good visibility after dark, while a prominent “Quattro” badge at the base of the grille points to the car’s four-wheel drive configuration.
In profile, standard 19-inch five-spoke wheels can be finished in silver, titanium or with black accents. Choose the Black Optic Group ($ 1,300) to add black housings to the mirror caps, a black grille and a black rear spoiler. At the rear, a piece of platinum trim highlights the diffuser and a pair of large oval exhausts. As can be expected from Audi RS products, the overall look is sharp and imposing without crossing the screaming territory.
Starting at $ 55,900 ($ 400 more than last year), the 2018 Audi RS3 features standard features like a panoramic sunroof, keyless ignition system, rear view camera, heated front and rear parking sensors. Dimming mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, HD Radio, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, HD Radio and two USB ports. Audi also offers a number of packages to push the RS3 higher in the luxury hierarchy.
The engine including the exciting 400-horsepower turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine. The kicker is about $ 11K more than a 292 hp S3 four-cylinder, the Five is revised and now has a block of aluminum (compared to the previous cast iron version) and injection direct and direct. The result is that the engine is more powerful and 57 pounds lighter than before, eliminating the critical weight of the nose of the car for a 57.7 / 42.3 percent bias from front to rear . Put your foot down and take a short break before the engine’s transversal response turbocharger accelerates up to 19.8 psi, helping to deliver 354 lb-ft of torque at just 1700 rpm. The five-pot then screams enthusiastically at his 7000 rpm fuel cut to produce his full complement of 400 horsepower.
Prices have not been confirmed, but RS models traditionally carry a significant premium on their S-sisters. It’s a compact Audi that is certain to open up $ 68,875 north. Unless you’re talking about chewing gum, juicy fruits tend to be expensive. And it’s worth it.