Here is our comprehensive review of 2018 Audi RS3 Sedan features, redesign, 0-60 mph, engine specs, fuel economy, interior, price, Color. How’s the downsizing? Not at Audi, which keeps a big 5-cylinder turbo petrol on the most athletic of A3. On the occasion of its restyling, this 2018 Audi RS3 Sedan passes even 367 HP to 400 HP, and is declined in unusual sedan body! Test of a five-legged sheep.
The recent history of sports cars boils down to a sad collection of amputations: 8 cylinders instead of 10 for the BMW M5, 6 cylinders instead 8 for the Audi RS5, 4 cylinders instead of 6 for the Porsche Cayman and Boxster. Bicylinder, the future Clio RS?
An evolution imposed by the necessary reduction of CO2 emissions (at least,) (on the homologation cycles), which did not discourage Audi at the time of renewing its RS3 in June 2015: The old 5-cylinder 2.5 turbo 340 HP was replaced by a 5-cylinder 2.5 Turbo 3 67 CH, passed to 400 hp during this discreet restyling.
2018 Audi RS3 Sedan price and Discount
The restyled RS3 is therefore in two bodyworks: Always a Sportback with five doors charged € 61 500, and now a sedan, posted 62 900 €. A hefty fare that does not spare the addition of options like the controlled suspension (1 190 €), the Sport exhaust (1 030 €), the recharge of the smartphone by induction (€450 with voice commands and improved reception) or the “simple” camera recoil (€450).
Not to fix anything, the Discon of the RS3 Bangs Strong (9 353 €) and peaks at 10 000 € if the optional pneumatic lift is selected (the diameter stagnates at 19 inches, but the front tires pass from 235 to 255 mm wide and slightly enhance the CO2 emissions of 1 88 to 191 g/km). In 2018, there will be less hesitation since according to the new scales, the maximum penalty (10 500 €) will apply as of 188 G.
Driving the New Audi RS3 sedan
To relieve the faults of the Audi RS3, it would be better to pass the steering wheel to a deaf man. It would undoubtedly plague the improved damping, which makes hound the 2018 Audi RS3 Sedan on a bumpy road even with the controlled suspension. Against his refusal to drift slightly from the rear train to the entrance of a turn, to help the car to turn.
Against the limited endurance of its breaking with the steel discs, imposing on the fans of the circuit the option ceramic brakes at 5 400 €. Finally, against the strange stage of its seven-way robotic box, whose important hole between the 2nd and 3rd report sometimes complicates the downshifts before the pins.
Only here: Our hearing works perfectly and each acceleration sweeps these admonitions with a blast of turbo. Whatever its rotational regime, this “five-legged” block ensnares us with its hoarse and suave timbre, to the point that the slightest parking manoeuvre takes place in Sport mode and parted, so as not to lose any of its melody.
“The slightest parking manoeuvre takes place in Sport mode and parted, so as not to lose any of the irresistible five-cylinder melody”
Its virulent thrust becomes the whipped cream on the cherry but at the limit, one would like it to climb less quickly at 7 000 rpm, to enjoy longer of this concert without cracking the (bad) flashes.
Despite its ton and a half on the rocker, the RS3 sedan has a cold all that rolls or almost (0 to 100 km/h in 4.1 s, like a Jaguar F-Type R AWD of 550 hp!)), without the slightest skating of the wheels thanks to its integral transmission.
The latter, with Haldex system, does not offer the agility of the active rear differential Quattro of the Big Sisters RS4 and RS5, and is content to ensure impeccable motor skills rather than play the mischievous, Ford-like Focus RS which is extracted from the tight turns In a pleasant drift.
But as a pin output is usually followed by a musical acceleration, the reproach is quickly swept away. This song, it also exists in streaming?
Competition Audi RS3 Sedan
With 400 hp in such a compact template, the 2018 Audi RS3 Sedan may appear to be the only one in the world. The eternal rivals BMW and Mercedes have yet to answer, The Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 First, remains the closest technically: 381 HP, four-wheel drive, double-clutch box imposed, a four-door bodywork and similar performance (0 to 60 mph in 4.2 s).
But a very wise balance in curves, and a four-cylinder engine much less engaging in sound. Its unique advantage lies in its very lower CO2 emissions (162 g vs. 188 G minimum for RS3), which limit the Bonus to 3 113 € and significantly lower the cost of purchase despite the same catalog price: 62 900 €, as the Audi RS3 sedan.
At BMW, the approach appears different. A single bodywork for the M2 cut, less practical in everyday life and moreover more radical: very firm suspension, only two driving wheels at the rear, six-speed mechanical box always available. And a six-cylinder engine of 370 hp melodious … which raises the Malus to 10 000 € (8 460 € with the robotic box) and does not arrange anything at the rate, still superior to the rivals: 63 950 € in BVM, 67 900 € in ESR!
2018 Audi RS3 Sedan Review Conclusion
Objectively, there is no justification for buying an RS3 compared to an S3, 16000 € less expensive malus, already performing (310 hp), better cushioned, and agiler on winding path. But the objectivity flees precisely to the second where the RS3 starts its five cylinders: linear but explosive, greedy but musical, unreasonable but irresistible, this 2.5 turbo borrowed from the TT RS is undoubtedly one of the best engines of the moment. And then, of the home, the RS3 remains easier to justify than a TT RS, right?