Audi’s New RS3 Sedan Could Make Sportback Owners Remorseful

Audi launched the most powerful RS3 model in history during this year’s Paris Auto Show, packing 400 PS and 480 (354 lb-ft) of torque.

It’s not only more powerful than the current RS3 Sportback with its 367 PS and 465 Nm (343 lb-ft) of torque, but it also outperforms, at least on paper, the Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 4MATIC.

The Merc has 381 PS and 475 Nm (350 lb-ft) of torque, and will hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.2 seconds. The new RS3 Sedan can do it in 4.1 seconds and even though that’s barely noticeable, it does give Audi their bragging rights back.

Power comes from an updated 2.5-liter TFSI engine which is also 26 kg (57 lbs) lighter than before, mated to a seven-speed S-tronic dual clutch gearbox deploying power to all four wheels.

To put things into perspective, the RS3 Sedan is just as fast to 100 km/h (62 mph) as an E90 BMW M3 DKG, and we’re talking completely different segments here. Naturally, Audi didn’t just focus on straight line performance with this car and what they’ve done with the wheel-selective torque control (which brakes the inside wheels during fast cornering) is that they’ve helped the car feel more stable when pushed towards its limits.

Aesthetically, the new RS3 Sedan is an “Audi RS” car throughout, as its aerodynamically-sound body kit increases the car’s presence on the road, as well as its performance on the track.

Is anyone here not sold on this thing yet?

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  • Puddingpopper

    Me! Not Sold. A lack-luster facelift and fussy details have ruined the prospect of what would be a sweet ass m’er f’ing ride. No manual is another poo poo, as well as no fender haunches on any of the RS stuff anymore.

  • Sébastien

    no way, a hatch or nothing

  • javier

    right, until it falls flat on its face trying to corner with speed

  • Ronald Beach

    easypeasy, Audi, just put the 400hp engine in the Sportback

  • David Lee

    So I’m guessing this will start at about the $50,000 mark in the States?

  • pmindemann

    I’d prefer a hatch… but I’d REALLY prefer a manual! As is, it’s not a meaningful enough jump over the “standard” S3, which already hits 60 in 4.4 seconds (C&D test).

  • lapirk

    Those wheels belong on a yaris

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Not with those looks. It looks like an appearance package for the S3, and performs like one too.

  • Kash

    If we could get the hatchback i’d buy one in a minute.

  • Aquaflex

    Folks are forgetting this rs3 has an awesome engine but I see y’all points…if the TTRS can do mid 3 secs range this one will too. Plus tuners will tune this engine to over 600 HP easy and the sounds this engine and exhaust makes are awesome… but yeah it needs to look more aggressive..
    Hatchback you got focus RS or The new Civic Type R…

  • TheHake

    Luckily I don’t have a Sportback, so I’ll have this! This is brilliant!

  • SteersUright

    Not even the slightest bit of a wider track, fender flare, truly special interior or anything??!! What an annoying, half-assed attempt at a cash grab.

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