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AUDI RS 3 SPORTBACK

RS 3 TFSI Quattro 5dr S Tronic

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Key Info

Optional Extras

Technical Data

Review

Key Features

  • Fuel Type
    Fuel Type
  • Transmission
    Transmission
  • Mileage
    Mileage mpg
  • Top Speed
    Top Speed 155mph
  • CO2
    CO2 205.00g/km

Driver Convenience

  • Audi connect emergency call and service
  • Audi smartphone interface
  • Audi virtual cockpit with RS specific display 12.3" full colour digital instrument cluster
  • Automatic start/stop system with recuperation
  • Bluetooth interface
  • Collision avoidance assistant
  • Lane departure warning system
  • Legal emergency call
  • Manual boot opening
  • Parking assist with parking system plus
  • Progressive power assisted steering

Engine/Drivetrain/Suspension

  • Quattro permanent four wheel drive
  • Rear suspension

Entertainment

  • Audi sound system impressive sound with 10 loudspeakers including centre speaker and subwoofer, 6-channel amplifier with a total output of 180 watts
  • DAB Digital radio

Exterior Features

  • Acoustic glass windscreen
  • Audi beam uses LEDs to project the Audi sport logo onto the ground as you exit your RS 3
  • Auto dimming rear view mirror
  • Black side skirts
  • Body colour roof
  • Door mirrors - electrically adjustable, heated, folding and auto dimming on both sides
  • Headlight washers
  • LED headlights with LED rear lights + dynamic rear indicators
  • Light and rain sensors
  • Matt aluminium door mirrors
  • Matt aluminium window trims
  • Privacy glass - dark tinted rear and rear side windows from B-pillar backwards
  • Rear window wiper and washer system

Interior Features

  • 40/20/40 split folding rear seat bench
  • Black cloth headlining
  • Dual zone electronic climate control
  • Front and rear headrests
  • Front centre armrest
  • Front sports seats RS embossed logo
  • Front/rear floor mats
  • Heated front seats
  • Honeycomb stitching and RS embossing
  • Illuminated door sill trims inlays in aluminium with RS 3 logo
  • Manually adjustable front seats
  • RS emblems
  • Stainless steel pedals and front footrest
  • Tool kit

Packs

  • Aluminium interior elements pack - RS3
  • Ambient lighting pack - RS3
  • MMI navigation plus with MMI touch - RS3
  • RS bodystyling - RS3
  • Storage Pack - RS3

Passive Safety

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS/EBD
  • ASR
  • Audi pre sense front
  • Driver/Front Passenger airbags
  • EDL
  • ESC - Electronic Stability Control + traction control
  • Front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Front side airbags with head airbags and interaction airbag
  • Hill hold assist
  • Seat belt reminder with passenger presence detection in rear
  • Tyre pressure loss indicator
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit

Security

  • Anti theft alarm
  • Anti-theft wheel bolts
  • Electronically operated child lock
  • Remote control central locking

Trim

  • Carbon inlays, accent surfaces in the dashboard and centre console in platinum grey silk effect paint finish

Wheels

  • 19" 10 Y spoke platinum grey, gloss turned finish alloy wheels
  • Tyre repair kit

Emissions - ICE

  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    205
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max
    206
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min
    205

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    2480
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    5
  • Engine Code
    8YARWY
  • Engine Layout
    FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Fuel Delivery
    TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Gears
    7 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    20
  • Transmission
    SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    Yes
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
    9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max
    9.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min
    9
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb
    31.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max
    31
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min
    31.4

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    No
  • Badge Engine CC
    2.5
  • Badge Power
    400
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    TFSI Quattro
  • Coin Series
    RS 3
  • Generation Mark
    4
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    12
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    Not Available
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    Not Available
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    60000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    3.8
  • Engine Power - BHP
    400
  • Engine Power - KW
    294
  • Engine Power - RPM
    5600
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    369
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    51
  • Engine Torque - NM
    500
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    2250
  • Top Speed
    155

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    265/30 R19
  • Tyre Size Rear
    245/35 R19
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    10 Y SPOKE
  • Wheel Type
    19" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    Not Available
  • Height (including roof rails)
    1436
  • Length
    4389
  • Wheelbase
    2631
  • Width (including mirrors)
    1984

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    55
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    2075
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    1104
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    282
  • Max. Loading Weight
    505
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    Not Available
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    Not Available
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1570
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    12

Audi's sledgehammer RS 3 continues to re-write the hot hatch rulebook in third generation form. Jonathan Crouch reports.

Background

Did anyone ever imagine that one day, a model of this size would offer what would once have been seen as supercar-style power? In this third generation Audi RS 3, that's just what you get: four wheel drive, formidable pulling power and 400PS. This is the same output boasted by the last version of the previous generation model, but here, you can use that power even more effectively thanks to the introduction of a unique 'RS Torque Splitter' for enhanced cornering traction. As before, the 2.5-litre five cylinder engine on offer here really sets this model apart in this segment. Like V8s for AMG or straight sixes in BMW M cars, a tuned five cylinder unit is part of the DNA of a division which was once called 'Quattro gmbh' but which is these days known as 'Audi Sport' - the Ingolstadt brand's performance division. That of course was the configuration used for the classic Quattro coupe that first established Audi's engineering credentials back in the Eighties. And the brand returned to it when at the beginning of the century's second decade, the time came to expand its RS performance model line-up with the original RS 3 of 2012, replaced by a second generation model in 2015 and this MK3 version in mid-2021.

Driving Experience

Interestingly, Audi has chosen not to engage in a power race with the fastest hot hatch in the segment, the Mercedes-AMG A45 S 4MATIC+, which offers 427PS. And it didn't really need to. Instead, this RS 3's 2.5-litre five cylinder 400PS turbo unit was tweaked to accelerate faster from low rev ranges and the result is that it can now propel this Audi to 62mph in just 3.8s and with the optional 'Dynamic Pack' fitted, the top speed is 180mph. For reference, the A45's figures are 3.9s and 168mph. This Audi may well be faster through the turns too, thanks to the addition of an 'RS Torque Splitter', which adds an electronically controlled multiple disc clutch to each of the drive shafts. This ensures that the right amount of torque is optimally distributed along the rear axle when cornering at speed. Plus the standard RS sports suspension features newly developed shock absorbers and a valve system both specific to the RS 3. A seven-speed dual-clutch transmission puts the power of the five-cylinder engine to the road - with short shifting times and a sportier gear ratio spread. And for the first time, the exhaust system features a fully variable flap control system that supports intermediate positions, thus broadening the sound characteristics even further. It can be adjusted via the driving dynamics system 'Audi drive select'. In the Dynamic and RS Performance modes, the flaps open much earlier - and as a result, the emotional elements of the sound are even more pronounced. In addition, the unmistakable sound of the five-cylinder engine is further enhanced by the optional RS sports exhaust system.

Design and Build

You'd know this was an RS 3, whether in Sportback hatch or alternative Saloon form. In the front, the wide RS bumper, the redesigned Singleframe with its distinctive honeycomb grille, and the large air intakes give this compact sports car an expressive appearance. This Audi comes with flat, wedge-shaped LED headlights and an eye-catching additional air outlet decorates wheel arches housing 19-inch rims. The motorsports-inspired finishing touches include the redesigned RS-specific rear bumper with integrated diffuser and the RS exhaust system with two large oval tailpipes. Inside, you get RS sport seats with RS embossing and anthracite contrast stitching. Which position you perfectly in front of a threespoke RS Sport multi-functional leather steering wheel with a flattened bottom. It features built-in, high-quality die-cast zinc shift paddles and through it, you view the standard 12.3-inch Audi virtual cockpit plus instrument screen. This displays the revs in the form of a bar graph and shows power and torque as percentages. In addition, the instrument screen includes displays for g-forces, lap times and acceleration from 0100 km/h, 0-200 km/h, quarter-mile, and eighth of a mile. The 10.1-inch touch display on the centre stack includes what is referred to as the "RS Monitor," which displays the coolant, engine, and transmission oil temperatures as well as tyre pressures. Also available for the first time for the Audi RS 3 is a head-up display that projects relevant information onto the windscreen in the driver's direct line of sight in addition to the shift light indicator. Otherwise, it's just as in an S3. There's reasonable room for a couple of adults on the back seat. And as in an S3, boot space is rated at 370-litres for the saloon or 325-litres for the Sportback, the latter offering a seats-down total of 1,145-litres.

Market and Model

There are two body styles, the Sportback five-door hatch, priced at around £51,000 and the Saloon, which for some reason costs £1,000 more. The rival Mercedes-AMG A 45 S 4MATIC+ costs around the same, for reference. Those Audi figures apply to the standard models. There are also pricier 'Carbon', 'Launch Edition' and 'Vorsprung' specifications available. RS 3 models can be ordered in two exclusive RS colours: Kyalami green and Kemora grey. The roof of the Saloon - for the 'Carbon' edition only - is also finished in Brilliant black for the first time. Individual exterior features, such as the honeycomb grille in the Singleframe, diffuser inserts, and window trim come finished in aluminium on standard models. For an even sportier look, carbon-fibre-reinforced polymer inlays are available on 'Carbon', 'Launch Edition' and 'Vorsprung' specifications, which also extends to the mirror caps. The same applies to the tailgate spoiler on the Saloon and the roof edge spoiler on the Sportback, but for the 'Carbon' edition only. The genuine racing feeling is further enhanced by the carbon fibre instrument panel for 'Carbon' models and above, and RS sport seats with RS embossing and anthracite contrast stitching. The seat upholstery is available in fine Nappa as an option.

Cost of Ownership

When it came to the engine of this car, Audi had two ways it could go. It would have certainly been easily possible to simply uprate the 2.0-litre TFSI turbo unit already used in the brand's S3 model, as partner brand Volkswagen did with the Golf R400 hot hatch that they developed but ultimately never put on sale. The alternative for Ingolstadt was to do what they ultimately did here: continue to install a far more charismatic but inevitably less efficient bespoke five cylinder engine that would make the driving experience of this RS 3 so much more memorable. So how much has that decision cost Audi when it comes to the all-important issues of fuel economy and CO2 efficiency? Well, despite a power output that was well into supercar territory not so very long ago, this Audi RS 3 turns in a very creditable performance at the pumps. Or it will as long as you don't spend most of your time with the loud pedal buried in the carpet. Don't expect its quoted running cost figures to differ very much from those of the previous RS 3 model, which was rated at around 35mpg on the combined cycle, with emissions of around 190g/km. As the previous hatch models have demonstrated, the RS 3's cachet will keep residual values sturdy in the short term at least but expensive options such as the carbon ceramic brakes will cause a softening in percentage values come resale time. Insurance isn't going to be cheap either with a Group 50 valuation resulting in some chunky-looking premiums.

Summary

What it boils down to is that with even more savage overtaking ability, all-weather capability and a practical side that will endear it to many, this third generation RS 3 represents an ideal alternative for well-heeled buyers who've outgrown powerful sports coupes and saloons or ordinary fast hot hatches. And it's amazing to think that this level of astonishing performance represents merely the entry point to RS ownership. And in summary? Well certainly, there are other compact high performance models in this segment that might make your heart beat a little faster: the RS 3 still trades the last couple of percentage points of focus for genuine everyday utility. But it's also true that while that might make it a couple of seconds slower around the Nurburgring, it also makes it a better car for the vast majority of customers. People who live in the real world. A very fast world indeed.

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