Is The RS3 The Best New Car From Audi?

2018 Audi RS3

After numerous years of not getting RS-badged Audis, it looks like the German automaker is making a conscious effort to bring more examples of the fast, all-wheel-drive vehicles over to America. The RS3 is one of the more recent vehicles to make its way to our part of the world and Doug DeMuro loves it.

Seems kind of odd, right? When it comes to RS models in the U.S., the automaker currently offers four models – the RS3, TT RS, RS5, and RS7. The RS7 is probably the one the majority of enthusiasts would go with, as it offers supercar performance with the practicality of a sedan. The “Performance” variants are powered by a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 that make 605 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque. That’s a lot more than what the RS3 has.

The compact sedan is powered by a 2.5-liter turbocharged five-cylinder motor that makes 395 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque. That’s a Ford Fiesta ST sized gap between the two. But, as everyone’s favorite reviewer claims, that’s the perfect amount of power. It’s a usable amount that you can actually enjoy on the road. He has a point there.

Another thing that is seen as a plus is its size. The other RS-branded cars are much bigger, making them more of a hassle to drive if you’re the kind of person that likes to dart in and out of traffic. Or, more realistically, if you live in an urban area that requires you to parallel park, you’ll be a lot happier with the sedan’s size.

But the best thing about the RS3 is the way it feels when you’re behind the wheel. Its five-cylinder engine is peppy and the dual-clutch gearbox is quick to rifle off gear changes. At the end of the day, he claims the RS3 is the best new Audi on sale.

I know DeMuro doesn’t do comparisons, but I would really like to see one between the RS3 and the M2, which he called the best M car when he reviewed it.

 

  • IT LOOKS GOOD BUT NO STICK, TOO BAD.

    • Shahul Usman

      yea sadly…

    • Stick most likely makes the car much slower than the dual clutch…

      • Infinite1

        It is faster but most enthusiasts who drive a stick over an auto know that and choose it because it has a more engaging feel to it

        • botornot387

          Not really, because considering when they are offered, they only account for 1 or 2 % of sales for these manufacturers which is why they disappear. Enthusiasts always talk about buying stick, but when it comes down to it, they aren’t buying stick, at least not new models.

          • PROBABLY TRUE BUT I’M GUESSING A COUPLE OF US WOULD ACTUALLY BUY A STICK, I DID.

      • IN THAT MUCH OF A HURRY GET A FASTER CAR.

        • The fact that most hyper-cars today don’t offer a manual speaks for itself…autos are faster and more fuel efficient…also try using a manual everyday commuting in America’s or Europe’s traffic clogged roadways and it quickly loses its romance…

  • Merc1

    I just can’t take his voice and his annoying delivery.

    M

    • dumblikeyou2

      There’s a trust fund confidence about him. Like, he really doesn’t have to earn a living, and this is his “job”. Thank you, Mommy and Daddy.

    • Bo Hanan

      I stop watching him after he spent 15+ minutes talking about the interior features of a Genesis G90. I’m not even watching this video I just commented.

  • rodriguez256

    The RS3 does appear to be the perfect size, very nice proportions. I really like the RS5 but wouldn’t mind this one at all.

  • Shahul Usman

    $70k golf…

  • $65K car and no power seats with memory…silly.

  • SteersUright

    Without widened fenders and better performance design, it looks like any pedestrian A3 with a sport line package to me. And at $70k, thats unforgivable and a hard pass.

  • YOUR LUCKY HIS PICTURE IS ALWAYS IN THE HEADLINE. SO MAY ARTICLES HERE HAVE ANNOYING REVIEWERS THAT YOU DON’T KNOW WHO THEY ARE UNTIL YOU CLICK. CLICK-BATE?

  • Galaxium

    The /r/cars subreddit followers are infatuated with him.

  • Daniela Wolf

    Best of it’s class!

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