At its core, the Audi RS3 product has never been changed since its introduction. A five-cylinder Hot Hatch that now has a brother to the side for the first time. The RS3 sedan is the real newcomer, even if the technical features of both models have changed for the better. The good thing about it: the robust five-cylinder is still at the start.
For the first time carbon-ceramic brakes for the front axle
The RS3 Sportback has been around since 2009. Not always completely error-free when you search the relevant forums. The majority of the problems have been dealt with with the latest generation and have been brought under control. Problem number one: the braking system. Those who have decided against an RS3 because of this can now fall back on a carbon-ceramic disc with 8-piston pliers.
Surprise: lateral dynamics in the new Audi RS3
Problem number two: the driving dynamics. Although the RS3 has always had all-wheel drive, it was stoically understeer. That’s over now. The new RS3, and thus also the RS3 sedan, likes to let the rear dance. Before that, it took ice and snow for this – at least for the front axle. Otherwise little or no drive torque went to the rear wheels. In the latest configuration, not only – as before – can theoretically go back up to 100% of the moments, it can also really be experienced.
When turning in, the RS3 sedan pushes briefly from behind and all systems are on standby, there is even more. It may have been due to the slippery surface of the Omani mountain roads, but the RS3 sedan allows for really quick drifts. This requires space and speed, but before this was only possible on ice. Now asphalt with a low coefficient of friction is enough to bring transverse dynamics into the RS3.
New five-cylinder engine with fresh components to reduce weight
Another important factor here is the reduced weight on the front axle. Five cylinders promise a brilliant sound and a special character, but they also bring ballast with them. The new 2.5 TFSI has become 26 kilograms lighter. The displacement of 2,480 cubic centimeters remained unchanged, but the hardware did not. New turbo, new aluminum crankcase, new hollow-bored crankshaft and aluminum pistons with integrated channels for oil cooling. For this purpose, the cylinder liners were plasma-coated so that the “green thumb” also points upwards.
The end result is thirty-three horses more than before. On the number of 400 PS, which take over the baton at 5,850 tours from the plateau of maximum torque (480 Nm). On the road, the result is uninhibited pulling power and a full, aggressive 80s rally feeling thanks to the twin exhaust system.
Unique combo: five-cylinder and sedan
Criticism accepted and the tide turned. It works. And now also in the limousine. Unmistakably beautiful with a full 19 inch, deep and wide at the front. Solid at the rear with a neat diffuser, a small spoiler lip and two mighty pipes. It’s “America First”, but it won’t be long before the RS3 sedan is playing the alarm clock for the neighbors in this country too.
Video driving report Audi RS3 sedan
Text / Photos: Fabian Meßner (interior picture: Audi AG)