Born in competition, tested in the most extreme conditions and then put into series production. These are the high-performance RS models from Audi Sport, which combine high-quality finishes with the versatility needed for everyday use and unparalleled performance. And this is true whether there is a powerful combustion engine under the hood of an Audi RS model or whether high performance comes from the incredible thrust provided by an electric drive.
Currently, the Audi Sport model family is the largest in its history, with 14 body styles, including the 620 hp R8 supercar, the 400 hp Q3 SUV, the 450 hp and 600 hp Q8 Q5 Sportback, or the Audi GT e-tron with an electric motor that can develop up to 646 hp. The Audi RS 3 Sportback models and the second generation of the RS 3 Sedan take performance and dynamics to the next level, thanks to the 2.5-litre TFSI five-cylinder turbo petrol engine and the innovative Torque Splitter system, which was installed for the first time. in an Audi.
In its latest evolution, the 400hp five-cylinder engine has increased peak torque to 500 newton meters, and not only is the peak power range higher, but the delivery is also more progressive. Power is transferred via a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox that features sportier gear ratios and shorter gear changes. Together with the signature engine start and an exhaust system that offers fully variable control for the first time, the acoustic experience is unmistakable. The new RS 3 versions accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.8 seconds. Top speed is capped at 250 km/h, a figure that can be increased to 280 km/h with an optional modification, and 290 km/h with the optional RS dynamic plus package.
For the first time, the RS 3 is fitted as standard on the rear axle with the Torque Splitter system, a new technology that actively and variably distributes the engine torque to the rear wheels to achieve maximum maneuverability and stability, reducing the tendency to understeer when cornering. In addition, it allows controlled drifts on closed circuits by activating the new dedicated Torque Rear mode. The system also provides a particularly dynamic and sporty ride in the RS Performance driving mode, which has been specially developed for track driving.
The new RS 3 Sportback and Sedan use an engine and gearbox configuration that is precisely matched to the semi-slick racing tires, available for the first time for the RS 3 as a factory option. Different driving modes are also available and can be selected via the dynamic driving system Audi Drive Select, which offers the profiles “comfort”, “auto”, “dynamic”, “RS Individual” and “efficiency”. The standard RS sports suspension features newly developed dampers that respond faster and more effectively to all driving conditions. The RS plus sports suspension with adaptive damping control is optionally available. The specific progressive control varies the ratio depending on the angle of rotation. The newly developed braking system includes steel discs with six-piston callipers to match the power of the five-cylinder engine. A powerful ceramic braking system is also available as an option.
The RS 3 showcases its sporty DNA with a body that stands out with its flared wheel arches, grille with signature honeycomb grille, large front air intakes, wedge-shaped LED headlights, rear diffuser and 19-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels. Kyalami Green and Kemora Gray are two new body colors exclusive to these models. In addition, the roof of the Sedan model can be ordered in the contrasting color glossy black. Side sill inserts, door mirror caps and spoiler are available in carbon fiber reinforced polymer. Optionally, Matrix Led headlights with darkened edges can be installed, which give an unmistakable look: their placement allows a checkered flag or the RS 3 lettering to be dynamically displayed.
The true race car look of the RS 3 bodywork continues in the passenger compartment, with a dashboard with carbon fiber inserts and sports seats with RS logos. In addition, the Audi presents virtual cockpit plus digital instrumentation on a 31 cm (12.3-inch) high-resolution screen, RS-specific gauges and graphics, such as G-forces, upshift timing, oil temperature, engine and transmission coolant, tire pressure, accelerometer and hour counter.
RPMs are shown as a bar graph and horsepower and torque are shown as percentages. The three-spoke multifunction RS Sport leather steering wheel with flattened bottom integrates gearshift paddles made of zinc. Optionally, a round RS steering wheel with capacitive grip recognition can be fitted. In both cases, the RS Mode button on the right-hand spoke allows you to select the new RS Performance and RS Individual modes via the drive-select system. The Audi MMI Navigation plus system is part of the standard equipment, as is a complete range of driving assistants, including the front Audi pre sense, the anti-collision and cornering assistant, the lane departure warning, the parking assistant with Park Assist plus or cruise control with speed limiter.
Source: La Verdad