The all-new Audi RS3 Sedan has officially made its global debut after the Ingolstadt-based automaker took the covers off at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. Essentially the A3 model range's most powerful sedan, the 2017 RS3 is driven by a TT RS-derived powertrain, along with a new aerokit and cabin features.
At the heart of the all-new RS3 sedan is a 2.5-liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine lifted straight from the 2016 TT RS. Compared to the older engine, Audi claimed the inline-five is 26kg lighter thanks to its lightweight-alloy crankcase. The five-cylinder engine also benefits from dual injection in the intake manifold and combustion chambers, and a valvelift system for the variable control of the exhaust valves.
All in all, the engine produces 400 PS and 480 Nm of torque at 1,700 – 5,850 rpm. It is then mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox and Quattro AWD which allows the car to sprint from 0 – 100 km/h in 4.1 seconds. Top speed is rated at 250 km/h though Audi can increase it to 280 km/h on request. The car can be set in three modes as well: Comfort, Auto and Dynamic.
Over to handling, Audi tweaked it by installing a four-link rear axle and a one-inch drop in ride height. Stopping power, on the other hand, is provided by 14.6-inch front disc brakes that are paired to eight-piston calipers. Available as an option is the carbon ceramic disc brakes for the front axle.
In terms of design, the RS3 Sedan gets the Singleframe grill from the TT RS, along with larger front air intakes. Standard also on the RS3 Sedan are the LED headlights with integrated daytime running lights (DRLs) though matrix laser lights can also be opted as extra. It also gets a trunk lid spoiler, rear diffuser, oval-shaped dual exhaust pipes and RS-exclusive color finishes; Nardo Gray and Catalunya Red.
Audi's MMI infotainment and navigation system make their way in the 2017 RS3 Sedan, along with MMI Touch. The company even threw in a free text search feature which automatically completes the user's input much like a web-based search engine. The fully-digital 12.3-inch instrument panel has been installed as well and can display navigation, in-car information and other points of interests.
The 2017 Audi RS 3 Sedan will be launched in the US and China come next year under the Audi Sport label.