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New RS3 arrives with wild new look and 180mph top speed

New RS3 arrives with wild new look and 180mph top speed

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Audi’s new RS3 has hit the road available in both hatchback and saloon body styles bringing an increase in performance as well as a dynamic new look.

Audi’s new RS3 has hit the road, bringing an increase in performance as well as a dynamic new look. Available in both hatchback and saloon body styles, the new RS3 utilises the same 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbocharged engine that was fitted to the previous-generation car, but it now delivers more torque as well as 395bhp. Driven to all four wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, the RS3 accelerates faster than before, managing the 0-60mph dash in just 3.6 seconds and racing on to a top speed of 155mph - though this can optionally be increased to 180mph. 


A newly developed exhaust with a variable flap control system has also been fitted, allowing the RS3 to make a more pronounced sound at all speeds. The RS3 now utilises a torque-splitter device, replacing the older car’s rear differential. By using a pair of electronically-controlled clutches, the new device can actively improve the distribution of power across the car’s rear axle. By doing so, it can help to reduce understeer when cornering while also allowing the RS3 to perform drifts when it is put into ‘RS Torque Rear’ mode.


In terms of chassis changes, the RS3 now features newly developed shock absorbers that are more sensitive than before. Buyers who want to tailor how firm or soft the car’s ride is according to the situation can specify adjustable dampers as an optional extra, too. The RS3 also gets new six-piston steel brakes, though optional ceramic versions can be fitted, bringing with them a ten-kilogram weight saving in the process over the regular brakes.


Inside you’ll find a 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit display which, as well as displaying all conventional readouts, can be placed into RS Runway setting that mimics the look of an aeroplane runway. There are also a variety of carbon fibre finishers applied across the cabin, while the RS sport seats incorporate contrast stitching. A new three-spoke RS Sport multifunction steering wheel features a flat-bottom design and combines with new shift paddles crafted from die-cast zinc. 

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