Audi RS 3 Saloon – a car of pure beauty and pure performance
What a beautiful noise – it’s the engine in the all-new Audi RS 3 Saloon; the engine that’s won International Engine of the Year in its category seven times, the most powerful five-cylinder engine available in the world, the engine that gives the RS 3 Saloon the power of 400PS and the torque of 480Nm to produce the first RS version of a compact Audi. It’s all new and it’s just been premiered at the Paris Motor Show – it’s the Audi RS 3 Saloon.
What a beautiful sight – with a front track 20mm wider than a standard A3, flared front wheel arches, the single-frame grille in a three-dimensional honeycomb design, the front blade feeding into the side air inlets and LED headlights with daytime running lights, the all-new Audi RS 3 Saloon is optionally available in Catalunya red and Nardo grey, colours unique to Audi’s RS brand. At the rear, the luggage compartment lid benefits from a fixed spoiler lip, whilst the RS exhaust system makes a strong sporty statement with its large oval tailpipes.
Inside the all-new Audi RS 3 Saloon, the journey is enhanced by a series of RS logos on the door sills and seat backrests. The darkly styled interior continues the sporty tone with Black fine Nappa leather sport seats, and an RS sport leather steering wheel. The technology is designed to be intuitive and ergonomic and features the MMI navigation plus system with MMI touch, incorporating free text search and voice control. A seven-inch electrically extending MMI screen is offered as standard with the Audi digital virtual cockpit available as an option.
The 2.5 TFSI aluminium engine takes the RS 3 Saloon on its 0-62mph sprint in a mere 4.1 seconds and can continue on to a top speed of 174mph, if not limited. With such blistering performance, it’s good to know that the Audi RS 3 comes with a host of driver assistance systems, including traffic jam assist, emergency assist and cross traffic assist rear.
Highlights of the all-new Audi RS 3 Saloon include:
- S tronic seven-speed dual clutch transmission with quattro permanent all-wheel drive
- Wheel-selective torque control and RS-tuned ESC
- Bang & Olufsen Sound System with 705 watts of power and 14 speakers
- Audi phone box and Wi-Fi hotspot