• Audi revealed its new RS 3 sedan and Sportback.
• The automaker's famed 2.5-litre petrol continues to do duty in the new model.
• Top speed is 290km/h, while 0-100km/h is cleared in 3.8 seconds.
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Audi has officially lifted the veil off its next RS 3. Again powered by Audi's acclaimed 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, the car is reported to slingshot from 0-100km/h in 3.8 seconds. Top speed? How does 290km/h sound…
And speaking of the engine: It's an award-winning mill, having won the "International Engine of the Year" award nine consecutive times. In addition to powering the fun-to-drive TT RS, it powers the RS 3 Sportback and RS 3 sedan. In the RS 3, power outputs are rated at 294kW and 500Nm - 20Nm more than the TT RS and previous RS 3 - which is just a small part of the alterations brought about on the new car.
Sebastian Grams, Managing Director of Audi Sport GmbH, says: "With the third generation of the Audi RS 3 Sportback and the second generation of the Audi RS 3 Saloon, we now offer premium sports cars that are suitable for everyday use and equally thrilling to drive on public roads and racetracks. They represent the entry point into our RS world and, thanks to the torque splitter, the ultimate in outstanding performance in the compact segment."
RS 3 suspension
Audi says it has gone to great lengths to improve the RS 3's suspension over the model it replaces. For starters, the shock absorbers are new, and the valve system is specific to the car. Audi's RS sport suspension is also part of the RS 3 package as an option and adjusts each shock absorber to road conditions. The wheel cambers have also been enlarged to accommodate greater cornering forces.
For improved driving characteristics, Audi says it equipped the RS 3 with its RS-specific progressive steering. According to Audi, it "varies the gear ratio depending on the steering angle - as the steering angle increases, the gear ratio becomes smaller and steering more direct."
In terms of driving modes, Audi developed a driving mode specifically for its new RS 3. Called 'RS Torque Rear', the driving mode sends all of the power to the rear wheels. While the RS 3 is fitted with the automaker's famed Quattro all-wheel drive system, the new driving mode should see drivers tap into a new character of the RS 3's personality. The other driving modes on the RS 3 are comfort, auto, dynamic, RS Individual, and efficiency.
Local arrival and specification for the Audi RS 3 will be made available closer to the time.