Audi just unveiled the Saloon version of the RS3, the Audi RS3 Sedan. Along with this unveil, Audi also showcased the racing version of the RS3 called the RS3 LMS.
The Audi RS3 is based on the standard A3 version and is among the first vehicles to be released under Audi’s rebranded Audi Sport Division, previously the Audi Quattro GmbH. The Audi RS3 is among the first of eight cars from the sports division that will be released over the next 18 months.
The car will use the same powertrain as on the recent TT RS version which is a lightweight five-cylinder, 2.5-litre engine producing 400 BHP of power, 33BHP more than the previous RS3 hatchback while giving out 480Nm of torque sent to all wheels through a 7-speed dual clutch gearbox. All this translates to 0-100 kph acceleration time of 4.1sec with a top speed of 250kph. The car sits 25mm lower than the standard A3.
The RS3 comes with a beefed-up bodywork and plenty of details which are RS-specific which includes a Quattro logo at the bottom of the grille and an aerodynamic blade across the bottom of the bumper that helps funnel the incoming air through the wheel arches. The boot lid comes with a fixed bumper and a diffuser on the rear bumper.
The Audi Drive Select System comes in three modes on the RS3, Comfort, Auto and Dynamic. Each of the modes affecting the car in different ways in terms of steering, transmission, engine management and the noise of the exhaust. RS Sport Suspension Plus, with adaptive damper control and the Ceramic brakes, both come on the options list of the Audi RS3.
The Audi RS3 gets a digital dashboard which shows the large tachometer in the centre, with information about tyre pressures, torque and G-forces along with coloured prompts for gear change when being used in manual transmission mode.
Along with the Audi RS3, the German carmaker also showcased the Audi RS3 LMS racing car, which will debut at race tracks around the world in 2017. The brand aims to put the RS3 LMS in the TCR(Touring Car Racing) category, which according to the company has got even more potential than the GT3 Category even in which Audi has a lot of success with its R8 LMS.