The All-New 2022 Audi RS3 Revealed
Audi’s new A3 lineup is now complete with the official debut of the top-dog RS3 performance version. With a 401-horsepower turbo five-cylinder engine.
If you’re looking for the Mercedes A45 alternative, the new Audi RS3 with 400hp, 500Nm of torque packed under a 2.5-litre five cylinder engine could be it. The standard all-wheel drive with torque vectoring, and meaner looks than its predecessor, the RS3 will be available in both hatchback and sedan in different markets.
Audi claims it will sprint to 62 mph in 3.8 seconds, but we think it will be quicker than that given that we got a previous-gen RS3 to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds. A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic is again standard across the board, and a variable exhaust should create a distinctive five-cylinder soundtrack.
The RS3’s upgraded all-wheel-drive system features torque vectoring for the rear axle. It redirects power differently depending on which driving mode is selected, and there’s a drift mode called RS Torque Rear that can direct torque to a single rear wheel for sliding around on a track.
The new RS3’s track is slightly wider than before, and it’s 0.4 inch lower than the S3. Adaptive dampers will be optional, along with carbon-ceramic rotors for the front brakes. 19-inch wheels are standard.
Looks-wise, the RS3 sets itself apart with a black front grille, a lip spoiler and diffuser in the rear, and special lighting elements in the daytime running lights meant to look like a checkered flag. A black roof is optional, as are matching color inserts for the interior. There’s also plenty of carbon-fiber trim found inside, and the digital gauge cluster is configured to show an interesting runway-style tachometer.
Audi Malaysia has yet to announce pricing and availbility for the new RS3. It is estimated to sell from RM290,000 before tax.