2018 Audi RS3 Sedan

If you liked the Audi RS3 Sportback, then you will fall in love
with its new sedan variant, touted as the most aggressive sedan
ever in the S3 lineup.  In fact, it is the first ever
sedan to carry the RS nametag.  The good news does not end
there; unlike many RS models, the 2018 Audi RS3 Sedan is coming
to the states. The model was unveiled during the recent Paris
Auto Show. Read along to find out more:

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2018 Audi RS3 Exterior

Not many people will accept that this model is the first-ever
RS3 sedan. This is because the model is based on the RS3
Sportback and as such, the sedan is almost identical to the
Sportback with the exception of the rear.  By drawing
inspiration from the Sportback, Audi has managed to craft the
most aggressive S3 sedan ever.

The all-familiar RS features characterize the front fascia. To
start with, the sedan comes with a single-frame grille that
features honeycomb mesh. A Quattro logo is placed on the bottom
part of the grille. There is also a black blade fixed above the
splitter; it stretches across the width of the front fascia,
all the way to the side air vents. Like the Sportback, the
sedan’s grille is surrounded by LED headlights but with a new
design. The headlights integrate custom RS DRLs. Buyers can opt
for Matrix LED units.

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On the flanks, the sedan features flared wheel arches,
blacked-out side mirrors and window trim, beefier side skirts,
huge brake calipers carrying the RS logo as well as a set of
machined rims.

Onto the rear, you will find a trunk lid spoiler as well as a
huge diffuser with vertical fins that enhances its
aerodynamics. The rear also features oval-shaped dual
tailpipes.  An RS3 badge below the left taillight
completes the sedan’s sporty look.

What’s more, buyers can opt for RS-exclusive Catalunya Red and
Nardo Gray boy colors.

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2018 Audi RS3 Interior

Sliding inside, you will be met by a pretty identical cabin to
that of the base S3. However, the RS3 adds some unique features
that are synonymous with the “RS’ badge.

At the front, there is a sportier, flat-bottomed steering wheel
wrapped in Nappa leather and with ‘RS’ logos. Front seats come
with a heavier bolstering. Buyers with an intention to try out
their RS3 on the tracks can opt for more contoured seats that
also feature head restraints. These seats also feature a
diamond upholstery pattern. On the other hand, the instrument
panel as well as the door panels have RS-specific inlays.

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Like the new Q5, the
RS3 features the new Audi Virtual cockpit that features a
12.3-inch TFT screen in place for the conventional gauge
cluster. In standard mode, the screen displays the speedometer
and tachometer but switching it to infotainment mode, it
displays information about the integrated Smartphone and that
of the audio and navigation systems.

In addition, the MMI helps the driver to choose among three
display modes that include a special mode where the tachometer
is at the center while torque, tire pressure and g-forces flank
the tachometer on the sides.  The infotainment system is
controlled via a rotary button on the center console. There is
also a touchpad for zooming, scrolling and writing. Other
features include the LTE module when Audi Connect is chosen; it
adds Google Earth as well as Google Street View, information on
traffic and weather among others. The RS3 also offers inductive
phone charging.  For audiophiles, the sedan is equipped
with a 14-speaker, 705 watts Bang & Olufsen audio system as
standard.

In terms of safety, the sedan is equipped with a host of
driving aids such as pre-sense  front warning system,
active lane assist, pedestrian monitoring system, traffic jam
assist with adaptive cruise control, rear-cross traffic
monitoring, Stop&Go as well as emergency braking.

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Engine Specs and performance

Motivating the RS3 Sedan is a turbocharged 2.5 L, 5-cylinder
mill. This engine is capable of producing 400 hp and 354 lb-ft
of torque. This engine was initially developed for the current
TT-RS. With this engine, the sedan takes only 4.1 seconds to
accelerate from 0-60mph. At this speed, the Audi is as fast as
the Mercedes-Benz AMG CLA45. Its top speed is electronically
limited at 155 mph but buyers have an option to increase it to
174 mph.

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The engine is paired with an S tronic, 7-speed dual-clutch
transmission system that channels power to all four wheels via
Audi’s Quattro AWD system. What’s more, the system distributes
torque variably between the axles with more torque sent to the
rear axle during spirited driving. Further, the engine features
progressive steering, a four-link rear axle and a new
suspension setup.

Stopping power comes in the form of 14.6-inch discs that
feature 8-piston front calipers and 12.2-inch discs at the
rear. One can also order the sedan with carbon-ceramic disc
brakes at the front.

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Price and release date

Audi is yet to release pricing information of the 2018 Audi RS3
but considering the base S3 has an MSRP of $42,900 in US, the
RS3 will likely retail at around $55,000, a 30% premium over
the S version. The model will hit dealerships in the summer of
2017.

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Competition

Top rivals of the 2018 Audi RS3 include the BMW M2 and
Mercedes-Benz

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