The long wait is over for those who have been waiting for the new Audi RS 3 Sedan to come to the United States. This is because German premium carmaker Audi is officially bringing its new Audi RS 3 to North American soil, as a 2018 model year. To announce and mark its American debut, the new Audi RS 3 will be on display for the public to view at the 2017 New York International Auto Show.
Considered as the most dynamic A3 model so far, the Audi RS 3 is the first compact sedan to bear the RS name. Its dynamism applies both to its appearance and performance, while it retains the elegance and luxury that the Audi marque has been known for. As the ultimate sporty iteration of the A3 sedan, it is definitely athletic in character. This is defined by the three-dimensional honeycomb Singleframe grille with four rings logo and a blade covering the whole width of the front and then extending to the side air inlets. This blade forms thin funnels that guide the airflow to the wheel arches, which have wider flares to accommodate a front track that is 0.8 inches wider. The front end of the new RS 3 is marked by LED headlights with daytime running lights, although matrix LED units could be availed.
The new Audi RS 3 is powered by new five-cylinder 2.5 TFSI engine that delivers 400 hp (294 kW) of max output -- or around 33 hp more than its predecessor – as well as 354 lb.-ft. (480 Nm) of peak torque available between 1,700 and 5,850 rpm. This power is sent to the quattro permanent all-wheel drive through the S tronic seven-speed dual clutch transmission. In this set-up, the new Audi RS 3 could sprint from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.1 seconds and achieve an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph), which could be increased upon request to 280 km/h (174 mph).
One of the interesting elements of the new Audi RS3 is its Electronic Stabilization Control (ESC), which is part of the all-wheel drive system. During cornering, the ESC brakes the inside wheels with lower load, thereby giving the wheels more lateral power – resulting to a more stable and fluid handling. The new Audi RS 3 features a specially tuned ESC that allows drivers to pick the sports mode for better controlled drifting. For those may choose to do so, the ESC could also be deactivated for a sportier drive.
Before the 2018 Audi RS 3 joins the Audi Sport model line in the US this summer, Audi will be first offering a limited number of 2017 RS 3 models, all of which will feature carbon fiber inlays, Audi virtual cockpit with MMI Navigation plus as well as Bang & Olufsen Sound System. The 2017 Audi RS 3 rides on 19-inch, five-arm-blade wheels with titanium finish and features RS sport exhaust system with black tips. The 2017 Audi RS 3 will have a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $54,500, excluding destination charge of $950 and other fees. Meanwhile, the 2018 Audi RS 3 will have an MSRP of $54,900, excluding destination charge of $975 and other fees.