Five right for the four rings

Ingolstadt, December 12, 2014

Five-cylinder engines have a long tradition at Audi. In the '80s they fueled the rally cars, touring cars and production models of the brand. Also, the first RS model, the RS 2 of 1994 had such an engine under the hood. 2009 then the five-cylinder returned and found its way in the TT RS, 2013, followed by the RS Q3. Now arrives the latest development stage of the 2.5 - liter engine in the new RS 3 Sportback.

367 hp and 8.1 liter average fuel consumption

The turbo petrol engine develops 367 hp, which corresponds to a specific power output of 148 hp. The maximum torque of 465 Newton meters is located at 1625-5550 tours. Thus, the intermediate sprint of 60 takes to 100 km / h in fourth gear 4.1 seconds and pass in the fifth passage between 80 and 120km / H, 5.8 seconds. From the state of the 2.5-liter engine catapults the new RS 3 Sportback in 4.3 seconds to 100 km / h. At 250 km / h, the propulsion is then electronically limited, but is optional for an increase to 280 km / h available. And efficiency? Even though this is rather a minor matter in sports models, the Audi will settle on the paper with 8.1 liters per 100 kilometers.

Transmission and chassis with Audi drive select

The engine passes power through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. In this, the lower gears are short and sporty translated, while the seventh gear is long and thus designed consumption-reducing. On the road, the 367 hp yet get the permanent Audi quattro all-wheel drive system. The switching times of the transmission can be by Audi drive select in four different modes change (comfort, auto, dynamic and individual). The RS-Sport suspension is also influenced by the mode choice, unless the optional adaptive damper system with on board. The standard defines the stiffer chassis the compact sports car by 25 millimeters compared to the normal A3 Sportback deeper.

On request with carbon fiber - ceramic

The new A3 flagship ( the S3 Sportback ranks immediately with 300 - hp four-cylinder behind) is fitted as standard with 19-inch aluminum rims. Behind it internally ventilated 370 mm discs are front and rear 310 mm measured retarder. Upon request, the braking system with carbon fiber - ceramic discs can be equipped, a novelty in the compact class.

Body and Exterior Design

Empty brings the sporty ring bearer 1520 kg on the scale. The base case shall the modular transverse matrix ( MQB ) of the Volkswagen Group. Thus, large parts of the body are made of aluminum. From the outside, the RS 3 Sportback reveals in his grill with high gloss black grille in honeycomb look and a frame in matt aluminum. In profile, the widened front fenders, the edgy rocker panels, the matt - silver mirror housing and the roof spoiler catch the eye. A modified bumpers, a diffuser and two oval tailpipes lift the tail from the normal A3 Sportback. Optionally you can still order an engine cover made ​​of carbon.

Sporty comfortable interior

Inside, it is usual to sporty. The RS 3 Sportback offers all the standard features for the interior. Stainless steel pedals, inlays in carbon look, a multifunction sports steering wheel, sports seats with contrasting stitching and a boost gauge including oil temperature and lap timer in the instrument cluster are part of the standard package. Who wants it more sporty, also can order newly developed bucket seats in the compact car. But comfort should not be forgotten: The comfort package brings electrically adjustable and heated front seats, lumbar support, light and rain sensors in the vehicle. In addition, the infotainment system, known from the A3 series to have 3 Sportback in all shades in the RS.

From summer 2015

The delivery of the five-door five-cylinder begins in the summer of 2015. At the invoked prices is known so far nothing yet. The current S3 Sportback is to have from 40,400 euros. The RS 3 Sportback is ?? as well as the motor power ?? priced higher than the S model . (ml)