2022 Audi RS3 officially revealed, Australian launch expected by July 2022


Audi’s new pocket rocket breakout cover, with 294 kW of turbo five-cylinder power, an all-wheel drive system capable of drifting and aggressive styling.

the 2022 Audi RS3 Sportback hatchback and 2022 Audi RS3 Sedan were revealed, as the fastest iterations of Audi’s trusty little A3 car.

Launch planned in Australia in the first half of 2022, Audi Sport’s third-generation compact RS3 aims to take the lead over rivals Mercedes-AMG A45 S and CLA45 S with a more powerful engine, a new all-wheel-drive system, cleaner styling and a high interior. -tech.

Under the hood is an evolution of the outgoing car 2.5-liter turbocharged five-cylinder petrol engine, development 294kW and 500Nm – up 20 Nm compared to the old RS3, but down 16 kW compared to the four-cylinder AMG 45 S models.

Despite an identical peak power figure, the maximum growl comes sooner and lasts longer than before (from 5,000 to 7,000 rpm), allowing a Sprint 3.8 seconds from zero to 100 km / h – making the RS3 the fastest accelerating small car currently in production, and just two-tenths of a second behind the larger V8-powered RS6 wagon.

Top speed is rated at 250 km / h as standard, although buyers can increase the electronic limiter to 280 km / h for an additional cost. As an option, the RS Dynamic package and carbon-ceramic brakes, and the RS3 will be able to reach a top speed of 290 km / h, which is 20 km / h more than the AMG A45 S.

Power continues to be sent to all four wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, although the all-wheel-drive system that channels traction to each wheel is all-new, with a smart rear differential.

Known as the “RS Torque Splitter,” the new rear differential features a set of clutches on each side, which can infinitely vary the amount of torque sent to each rear wheel – “drastically reducing the tendency understeer ”by channeling more growl to the outside wheel when cornering.

Drivers keen to show their hooligan side can select an “RS Torque Rear” setting, essentially a “drift mode” function that sends 100% of the torque from the rear axle to the outer wheel (up to 1750Nm), interrupting the drive. pulling and slamming the car in a controlled drift.

RS Torque Rear joins six other driving modes: Comfort, Auto, Dynamic, Efficiency, RS Individual and RS Performance (a track mode).

Under the skin, the new RS3 rolls 10mm lower than the four-cylinder S3 – for 25mm less than the “standard” A3 – thanks to an RS-specific sport suspension, available with optional adaptive damping. Increasing negative camber by one degree at the front and 0.5 degree at the rear improves grip when cornering, thanks to a revised suspension geometry.

The entire vehicle chassis is controlled by a new “Modular Vehicle Dynamics Controller” (mVDC) system, which uses a central computer “brain” to control the rear differential, adaptive dampers and front / torque distribution. rear for faster responses than individual systems, and “more precise steering and handling”.

The blistered wheel arches house wider tracks – the distance between the wheels, across the axle – of 33mm at the front and 10mm at the rear (although the latter is exclusive to the hatchback).

One of two 19-inch alloy wheel designs fills these arches, wrapped in a choice of performance Pirelli P Zero road tires or semi-slick Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R track rubber.

The alloys hide ventilated and drilled steel brakes of 375mm at the front and 310mm at the rear, which are supposed to reduce temperatures during high-performance track riding, while maintaining the pedal feel. Carbon-ceramic brakes can be offered for the first time, with 380mm rotors and gray, red or blue calipers.

Styling-wise, the new RS3 takes on a much more aggressive appearance than its standard A3 and S3 siblings, with an inflated front end inspired by the new RS3 LMS race car with enlarged air intakes, an outline black grille and an LED or LED matrix headlights with checkered flag daytime running lights.

Brake cooling vents can be found behind the front arches, while at the rear there is a sportier rear bumper with a larger diffuser, a pair of signature double oval-shaped exhaust tips. Audi RS and, on the sedan, a black trunk lip spoiler.

The exterior colors Kyalami Green (shown on the sedan) and Kemora Gray are unique to A3 models bearing the RS badge, while the sedan’s roof can be optionally offered in a contrasting black color for the first time. Matte black, gloss black, aluminum and / or carbon fiber finishes can be optional for various exterior elements.

Inside, the front occupants sit in RS sport seats with “RS” embossing, trimmed in “standard” leather or fine premium Nappa leather with contrasting stitching in black, anthracite (gray), green or red, depending on the material .

The driver enters one of two steering wheel models, both of which offer an RS mode shortcut button used to toggle between RS Performance, RS Individual, or the last used driving mode. Zinc gearshift paddles mounted on the wheels are hidden behind.

A 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster sits behind the steering wheel as standard, with a new “RS Runway” design that depicts the tachometer in the form of an airplane track, and displays g-force, lap times and acceleration timers on various speed metrics (including 0-100km / h and quarter mile).

The central 10.1-inch touchscreen offers a selection of RS-specific displays, while a flashing gearshift indicator light (in manual transmission mode) and head-up display are also available.

Buyers can choose from the red and green RS Design sets, which add unique floor mats with contrast stitching, colored seat belt stitching, seat reinforcements and vent accents, and a 12 o’clock marker on the wheel.

the 2022 Audi RS3 Sportback and sedan will go on sale in Europe in mid-August 2021, priced at € 60,000 for the hatch, or € 62,000 for the sedan – increases of around seven percent over the outgoing model.

Applying these increases to Australia – where the new RS3 will arrive in the first semester 2022 – would suggest a starting price of around $ 89,000 before highway charges for the RS3 Sportback, amounting to approximately $ 94,000 before on-road charges for the sedan.

Alex Misoyannis

Alex Misoyannis has been writing about cars since 2017, when he launched his own website, Redline. He contributed to Drive in 2018, before joining CarAdvice in 2019, becoming a regular journalist on the press team in 2020. Cars have played a central role throughout Alex’s life, from flipping through automotive magazines from an early age, to grow around performance. vehicles in a family that loves cars.

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