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Audi RS3 Sportback

Audi RS3 Sportback

Audi RS3 Sportback

Audi RS3 Sportback

Audi RS3 Sportback

Year (of specifications) 2011
Engine 2.5 litre 5-cylinder turbocharged
Transmission 7-speed, S Tronic, AWD
Max speed 155 mph (electronically limited)
0-60 mph 4.6 seconds
Horsepower 340 hp
weight 1,575 kgs / 3,472 lbs

For 2011 Audi has applied the RS treatment to the A3 model.

Boasting a turbocharged 2.5 litre 5-cylinder engine - which produces 340 horsepower and 450 Nm (331 lb-ft) of torque - the RS 3 can catapult itself to 62 mph (100 km/h) in a scant 4.6 seconds. The party only stops once the car reaches 155 mph due to an electronic speed limiter.

The engine is based on the same unit used in the Audi TT RS, and it continues a long legacy of high-performance 5-cylinder engines in fast Audis. Even the first Audi RS model, the 1994 RS 2, had a five-cylinder engine.

The Audi RS 3's transmission consists of a 7-speed S Tronic dual-clutch setup which can be operated in automatic or manual mode. When in manual mode the gears are selected using paddles on the steering wheel or the selector lever itself. The smooth shifting process takes place in hundredths of a second, and the clutches switch over with no perceptible interruption of pulling power. The RS 3's Seventh gear is very tall - a feature that reduces fuel consumption when cruising.

It doesn't really need to be said - but here it is anyway. The Audi RS 3 also features the company's famous quattro permanent all-wheel system. The central component of this technology is an electronically controlled multi-plate clutch, mounted at the end of the propeller shaft to achieve a favorable axle load distribution. Whenever wheel slip occurs at one of the axles, an electric pump intervenes at lightning speed to increase the oil pressure. The pump presses the clutch plates together in a continuous fashion, thereby permitting the torque to be redirected accordingly.

As you'd expect, the chassis of the Audi RS 3 is considerably more sporty than other models in the A3 range.

The four-link rear suspension - with a track measuring 1,528 millimeters (60.16 inches) - is anchored to a subframe and features high-strength-steel control arms that allow it to handle longitudinal and lateral forces separately.

Widened to a 1,564-millimeter (61.57-inch) track, the front suspension is a McPherson strut construction, also with a separate subframe. Key components of the construction are made of aluminum to reduce weight.

The sports suspension system of the Audi RS 3 lowers the body by 25 millimeters (0.98 inch) compared with the A3. The RS 3 also features 19-inch cast aluminum wheels fitted with 235/35 series tires at the front and 225/35 at the rear. The wheels come standard with machine-polished titanium-look styling, but are optionally available in black with a red rim flange.

The braking system of the Audi RS3 features vented 370 mm (14.57 inch) discs at the front, and 310 mm (12.2 inch) discs at the rear. The four-piston calipers each bear an RS logo.

The styling of the Audi RS 3 is characterized by more muscular wheel arches - formed from carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP). Deeper side sills, aluminium side mirror housings, a roof spoiler, rear diffuser and twin chrome tailpipes complete the exterior design package.

Inside, the Audi RS 3 gets sports seats upholstered in Fine Nappa leather with silver contrasting stitching. The trim is finished in either gloss black or aluminium depending on the customers tastes. The leather multifunction sports steering wheel is flat-bottomed invoking a sense of racing heritage. The driver information system can display the boost pressure and oil temperature as well as a lap timer.

Similar and related vehicles:
Audi RS 6 Sedan
Audi RS 6 Avant
Audi TT RS (2009)
Audi RS5
Audi RS4 Saloon
Audi RS4 Cabriolet
Audi S3
Audi RS2

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