The Audi Company from German always had remarkable models with elegant designs and powerful engines. As we know, the A3 Sedan has introduced three years ago and of course, this model like every Audi model has its performance brother. In this case, the A3 Sedan got it the stronger version with RS-logo on back for performance models. On recently closed Paris motor show, the RS3 was first-time shown to the public, shortly after, manufacturer published first official photos. Based on buyers interest and a heated assembly line at the Ingolstadt, the latest 2018 Audi RS3 Sedan will hit the dealerships very soon. In the next review, you can find out something more about it.
2018 Audi RS3 Sedan Exterior design
The exterior design of the new Audi RS3 2018 will be classical forms of Audi with a touch of race-car spirit looks, far more aggressive than its base A3 variant. This model will be actually very similar to the hatchback model. The front side is very recognizable from other RS models, and it is highlighted by brand new design language from Audi(Prologue concept). The front fascia now has sharper lines and small RS badge on the grille. Furthermore, the grille is slightly modified and has elliptic honeycomb mesh and it is also fitted with the Audi logo in the middle.
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The headlights are also new and powered by the same system as before – LED technology. This trim will be a bit wider, about 0.8 inches. The profile side will be revised and it will feature beefier side skirts, black side mirrors, blacked-out window trim, larger brake calipers and machined rims. At the rear side, the resulting model will feature a big diffuser with upright fins and that will certainly improve the aerodynamics of the vehicle. Also, the RS3 badge is located on the trunk door beside the taillight.
Audi RS3 2018 Interior design
The interior design isn’t much more different than in other models. The most important thing on the cabin is a comfort, and in this model, the comfort is on the highest level. All seats are very adjustable and covered with the premium Nappa leather. Also, the front seats will feature heavier bolstering. Furthermore, the steering wheel of the upcoming model will be flat bottomed and it will have so many buttons and probably leather upholstery. Both, the steering wheel and the seats will have a small RS3 badge.
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This model will use Audi’s latest virtual cockpit and that includes a new 12.3-inch TFT screen. This 2018 Audi RS3 screen will replace mechanical gauge cluster.
Some of the other interior features will include 14 speakers, Bang and Olufsen sound system, navigation, modern air condition, maybe gearbox shifter (it is not confirmed), adaptive cruise control, a lot of connectivity systems and metal covers on the pedals.
2018 Audi RS3 Interior
For this speedster it must be many safety features, some of them are:
– driver assistance features,
– pre-sense front warning
– traffic jam assist in combo with cruise control
– active lane assist,
– pedestrian monitor,
– rear-cross traffic warning
– emergency braking(optionally)
Engine and Performance
Under the hood, the future model will be powered by a 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine. This engine will give a staggering 400 horsepower and torque of 354 pf-ft pound-feet of torque. The TT-RS also uses this engine. The 2018 Audi RS3 acceleration from 0-60 mph will be 4.1 seconds. Also, the top speed is rated at 155 mph. Thanks to the using of light-alloy on parts of the engine; it will be 57 pounds/26 kg lighter than in the previous model.
New Audi RS3 2018 engine
The engine will be mated to a seven-speed S Tronic dual-clutch transmission system and the power from this engine will be routed to all wheels. For stopping this beast, it is needed to have a great force with great thermal characteristics. Germans do it perfectly, on front wheels, there are 14.6-inch discs, and 12.2-inch discs on the rear, enough to stop it. Optionally you could have carbon-ceramic material for cooler braking. Information about the EPA rates is unavailable at this point.
Price and Release date
The release date of the anticipated 2018 RS3 Sedan will be sometime next year, probably on the end. The starting price will be around $50.000. Main competitors of this model are BMW M2 and Mercedes-AMG CLA45.
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2018 Audi RS3 Sedan photos