Audi sets a new roof when it comes to sports compacts in a perfect practical example of power escalation. A new Audi is born RS3 Sportback, the sportiest alternative in the range of the Audi A3 and does so with nothing more and nothing less than 367 horses under the hood, 7 horses more than the family of compact sports Mercedes, placing a small, very very small, step above (at least in power) the Mercedes A 45 AMG and its 360 horses delivered to the 4 wheels.
Of course it is all-wheel drive. Nor does the appointment fail the entire repertoire of sports aesthetic solutions already known in the firm, giving shape, saving the distances, to a small Audi RS6 Avant.
Time to meet the new Audi RS3 Avant, will we be facing the new benchmark among sports compacts? Time and tests will determine it, but there is still a great guest star to come: the BMW M2.
In Ingolstadt they stay true to the 5-cylinder mechanics
Under the hood of the new Audi RS3 we meet an old acquaintance who has already passed through the vain of the previous Audi TT RS, from Audi’s own previous generation RS3 and is that the new generation of the compact sports Audi has under the hood with the
V5 2.5 turbo five-cylinder in-line.
East 2.5 TFSI 5-cylinder engine develops a power of 367 horsepower, having a torque of 465 Nm at 1,650 rpm, reaching 5,550 rpm. Of course, a quattro traction system is responsible for transferring such a cavalry ration to the asphalt, counting for its transmission with a 7-speed S tronic gearbox.
Beyond this vitaminized propellant, which, remember, already reached 360 horses with the Audi TT RS Plus, we find a new set-up that happens, how could it be otherwise, by the incorporation of a new endowment of sports suspensions and is that, starting from the Audi S3, this alternative has its height reduced from the ground in 25 mm.
After the 19-inch wheels, with 235/35 size tires R19 for the 4 wheels, we find a supply of brakes with 370 mm discs on the front axle, accompanied by 8-piston calipers, leaving the rear end in the hands of 310 mm discs.
Optionally, you can opt for the adaptive Magnetic Ride suspension as we can count, also optionally, for the provision of carbo-ceramic brakes, still without a price revealed.
The Audi performance RS3 Sportback marks a 0 to 100 km / h in 4.3 seconds while the maximum speed is 280 km / h when, curiously, practically all sports models, from Audi and many other brands, electronically set their maximum speed at 250 km / h. h, do I challenge the Mercedes A 45 AMG?
Putting it in context with respect to the Mercedes sports compact we find a 0 to 100 km / h of 4.6 seconds, a figure shared by both the compact and the saloon, the Mercedes CLS 45 AMG. Its maximum speed, in both cases, is limited to 250 km / h.
A diffuser here, a new bumper there …
Aesthetically we will distinguish the new Audi RS3 Sportback for showing off a new front bumper in which the perfectly integrated silver splitter stands out, matching a grill that is also adorned by a “quattro” engraved on its lower part, in true style RS6.
New side sills, mirrors with a matt aluminum finish, a spoiler on the tailgate … and the key piece in all these salad of sports additives: a rear diffuser, also silver, in which they appear, flanking the width of this RS3, a pair of exhaust outlets of considerable diameter.
We must bear in mind that the Audi A3 is developed on the platform MQB of the group VAG. As we have seen in the leaps of generations of other models that have this platform, there is a reduction in weight (Audi TT, Volkswagen Golf …) than in the case of Audi RS3 It is 55 kg, which leaves us with a set of 1,520 kg.
Without exact figures yet published we can take as a reference to talk about its size the dimensions of an Audi A3 Sportback “normal”, which has a length of 4,310 mm, a width of 1,780 mm and a height of 1,425 mm, with its wheelbase of 2,636 mm and its load capacity, without folding seats, of 380 liters.
In its cabin there is also no lack of sports details from the hand of its steering wheel, the gear lever and the door sills, all of them with the corresponding “RS3” badge. We also find details in alcantara and a gloss black finish for its trims, optionally available in aluminum or carbon fiber, as well as the possibility of using leather sports seats with a diamond finish. Going one step further Audi offers bucket seats with carbon fiber rear molding, losing 7 kg along the way.
As standard there is no lack of a provision of sports seats finished in leather, being available as an option a pair of even sportier seats with the back finished in carbon fiber.
Ready to battle with the Mercedes A 45 AMG and with a future BMW M2
We can imagine that Audi will introduce the public to this new Audi RS3 Sportback at the next Geneva Motor Show, at the beginning of March, ready to be marketed shortly after, leaving us with details about its price.
Ahead the duel with the Mercedes awaits A 45 AMG, with 360 horses and all-wheel drive, also the duel with the future BMW M2, which will play the trump card of the rear wheel drive, speaking already enough sources of a power figure that could reach 380 horses.
In addition, we cannot lose sight of the question about whether we will see sports versions, more RS3, in other formats, leading to the Audi A3 Sedan to face the Mercedes CLA 45 AMG.