Audi RS3 Plus on its way, will get 360 hp

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 11, 2011

As you may know already, Audi is working hard on the TT RS Plus, an even faster version of the well-known sports car but it appears that this is not the only surprise that the German manufacturer has for us. We already know that the TT RS uses the same engine as the RS3 Sportback and just like the small coupe and cabrio, the sportback will also get the Plus Pacakge.

That’s right folks, the Audi RS3 Plus is coming and will offer 360 hp. The standard Audi RS3 Sportback is powered by the 2.5-liter TFSI engine delivering 250 kW (340 hp) and a maximum torque of 450 Nm (331.90 lb-ft).

The vehicle is able to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 4.6 seconds and has a top speed electronically limited to 250 km/h (155.34 mph). Despite the impressive performances, the Audi RS3 Sportback has a fuel consumption of just 9.1 liters of fuel per 100 km (25.85 US mpg) and emits 212 g CO2 per km (341.18 g/mile).

At a glance, the new Audi RS3 Sportback would be an instant attention-getter with dynamic looks that convey its performance level. For instance the front end of the A3 range-topper is marked by a single-frame grille and a high-gloss anthracite-colored insert with diamond-patterned styling. The grille is bordered by a frame in matt aluminum, and is home to an RS3 badge.

As standard, the front end features Xenon plus lights with integrated LED daytime running lights. Beneath the headlights are larger air intakes with protruding edges that methodically guide air into the engine bay – the left intake pushes air to the seven-speed S tronic transmission while the right duct directs air to an extra radiator. Air for the turbocharger flows from the upper part of the single-frame, with the intercooler located behind the bottom segment of the grille. The car’s front apron now sports a new look, featuring a horizontal splitter that hikes the output shaft on the front suspension.

Audi also got rid of the fog lights. The sides of the new Audi RS3 Sportback, meanwhile, features broadly flared front fenders made from carbon-fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP), which makes the car lighter by around 2.1 kilograms (4.63 lbs) as compared to standard steel-panel fenders. In addition, the Audi RS3 Sportback features chiseled side sills as well as outside-mirror housings – in matt aluminum look -- with integrated LED turn signals. On the rear, the RS3 Sportback is provided with redesigned bumpers and a high-gloss black diffuser insert surrounding the two large, elliptical exhaust tailpipes.

An RS3 badge sits next to the license plate, while long roof spoiler flows across the rear windshield. Interestingly, its middle segment is a bit shorter than the two outside segments. Audi is offering two design packages to allow customers to personalize the RS3 Sportback: the matt aluminum styling package and the black styling package. The first styling package will provide some parts of the car including the upper edge of the diffuser insert and the rims around the air intakes with a matt aluminum look.

On the other hand, the second styling package -- from the Audi exclusive range – will wrap the exhaust tailpipe trim and the Audi single-frame in high-gloss black. Audi has also made available five exterior colors for the new RS3 Sportback: Daytona Gray pearl effect, Ibis White, Misano Red pearl effect, Phantom Black pearl effect and Suzuka Gray metallic. Of course, the RS3 Sportback could be finished in any custom paint that clients may want.

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