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Old 07-19-2021, 09:43 AM   #26
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Old 07-19-2021, 12:05 PM   #27
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Expensive, I'm sure, but a pretty unique car in 2021.
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Old 07-19-2021, 12:10 PM   #28
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Old 07-19-2021, 01:06 PM   #29
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Audi's hot compact returns next spring.
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Unlike some automakers as of late, Audi is revealing its returning compact car from the bottom trims up. That means that instead of the Audi RS3 coming out before the A3 and S3, like a Mercedes-AMG, we were treated to info on its less expensive brethren before we got to talk about the new high-performance, track-ready version. The only thing we could talk about last month was the RS3's new "Torque Splitter," a new piece of tech that replaces the rear axle differential and the previous multiple disc clutch package.

It now uses an electronically controlled multiple disc clutch on each of the drive shafts to distribute the right amount of torque along the rear axle. During high-performance driving, the torque splitter increases the drive torque to the outer rear wheel, which reduces understeer. It can also be used for sweet drifts in RS Torque Rear mode.

The 2022 Audi RS3, available next spring, continues with its turbocharged inline five-cylinder engine, inspired by its rally cars of the last century. The firing order is the same, 1,2,4,5,3, as those championship-winning vehicles, and output is now rated at 401 hp, seven horses up from the previous model. Torque is rated at 369 lb-ft (an increase of 7 lb-ft). Torque maxes out at just 2,250 rpm and continues until 5,600 rpm, and max power comes in earlier too.

That's good for a supercar-like 0-60 mph sprint of 3.8 seconds and a top speed of either 155 mph or 174 mph, depending on options. A seven-speed dual-clutch transmission distributes power too all four wheels and the RS3 now sports a variable exhaust control flap for a broader sound.

The standard RS suspension features new shocks and valve system that are both specific to the RS3. Audi says they respond faster and more efficiently. Adaptive dampers are optional, which continually adjust to the road and chosen drive mode. The wheels also have more camber than the previous model, which leads to a sharper steering response and increased cornering force, says Audi. The fronts have 1 degree of additional camber over the A3. The rear wheels have half a degree extra.

Audi had to modify the pivot bearings, and new bearings were equipped in the lower wishbones, subframes and stabilizers at the front. The four-link rear gets upgraded over the A3 as well. The RS3 sits about an inch lower than that car.
All of the suspension data is captured and analyzed by the new modular vehicle dynamics controller, which then synchronizes the Torque Splitter, adaptive dampers and wheel-selected torque control. It makes the car handle better, is the short version. The RS3 is offered with either steel or carbon ceramic brakes with six-piston calipers in several colors.

The new RS3 gets a more aggressive and futuristic look than its predecessor with slim daytime running lights and checkered flag lights below. Matrix LEDs are optional. The intakes are bigger as is the central opening. It gets a new air outlet behind the front tires and redesigned rocker panels on both sides. The rear sticks with two tailpipes but gets a black grille just above as opposed to the body color on the previous model. A new selection of 19-inch wheels are available and if ordered, Audi will mount semi-slick Pirelli Trofeo R tires.

Inside, the RS3 features the Audi virtual cockpit plus along with a 12.3-inch screen. In addition to your normal navigation and media function, it also has a selection of specific screens for things like power and torque percentages. You can also display the gauges in RS Runway mode, in which the values are displayed in the opposite direction resembling an airport runway with the highest speeds in the foreground and lowest in the background. It also can show your lap times, g-meter, acceleration. You can also put shift lights in the head-up display.

Elsewhere in the cabin, you get carbon fiber, sport seats and embossed stitching. Buyers can spec leather with contrasting stitching in black, red or green. RS Design packages are also available to match with seat corners, seatbelts and air vent accents.

Audi hasn't priced the RS3 in the US yet, but in Europe it will costs 62,000 euros, which converts to about $73,000, but usually there are price differences besides the conversion. The new color you see is called Kyalami Green. It will also be offered in Kemora Gray. Lastly, while Europe will get both the sedan and hot hatch, we'll only get the sedan.








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Old 07-19-2021, 02:29 PM   #30
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Old 07-19-2021, 02:40 PM   #31
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Old 07-19-2021, 02:40 PM   #32
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It's loud, I like it. Too bad no hatch for the U.S. market. Too bad it will be super expensive. Back to whining about the STI.....
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Old 07-19-2021, 08:02 PM   #33
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I just feel like the grille is too large now. I think Audi has consitently made clean and handsome cars since last decade when they brought bigger grilles mainstream but I think that look has peaked as this car is less handsome than past generations.
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Old 07-19-2021, 08:32 PM   #34
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The grill is huge and it's not a lovely car. However, it's pretty distinctive and aggressive which is unusual for an Audi.
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Old 07-20-2021, 04:28 AM   #35
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So that's how you get physical climate control buttons.

We need the hatch and a 6MT.
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Old 07-20-2021, 01:14 PM   #36
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The grill is huge and it's not a lovely car. However, it's pretty distinctive and aggressive which is unusual for an Audi.
It's an RS. Not aggressive?

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Old 07-20-2021, 01:21 PM   #37
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RS6 Avant is ridiculous. Maybe one day when I have lots of cash to burn I'll buy another VAG product, and the RS6 will be near the top of that list.
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Old 07-20-2021, 06:36 PM   #38
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Probably the last of its kind. I still think the facelift ruined it but they are going to keep their value. It is one of those cars that won't depreciate much.
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Old 07-21-2021, 12:07 AM   #39
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Does the S3 get the fancy Golf-R/RS3 diffs?
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It's an RS. Not aggressive?

This looks better because the black grill is separated from the headlights by colored body. The large expanse of black on the front totally dominates the front end making it look weird. Maybe black will be the best color for this car.
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This looks better because the black grill is separated from the headlights by colored body. The large expanse of black on the front totally dominates the front end making it look weird. Maybe black will be the best color for this car.
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Old 07-22-2021, 09:45 AM   #42
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Holy grille. That front headlight setup screams Jetta.

$70K

M2C - easy choice with gas money left over, and most importantly, a clutch.
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Old 07-22-2021, 09:48 AM   #43
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Does the S3 get the fancy Golf-R/RS3 diffs?
No. RS 3 and Golf R only.
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It's an RS. Not aggressive?

"Unusual" doesn't connotate never happening.

RS3


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Are you seeming some aggression that I'm not, or do you just feel like arguing?
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No. I'm pointing out the current design language has changed for RS vehicles to be more extreme and in your face. The RS6 and all the other RS cars are using this language. Which started with the 2019 R8 refresh, the flagship RS car.



Here are the A3s...



So while it may be odd compared to the subdued style for the old cars, it's not for their current lineup. Perhaps both RS' shown (green and red) have a black optics package standard on the launch cars. Dunno.
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No hatch, no manual, no f***s given. I'll stick with my bugeye, thanks Audi...
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No hatch, no manual, no f***s given. I'll stick with my bugeye, thanks Audi...
boy do I have a VW for you...
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boy do I have a VW for you...
With a bunch of screens, and no physical controls, and the OS doesn’t work very good. VW really f’d up with the R. Gearheads buy it, not phone addicted clowns.
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Somebody painted around the grill. Looks 1 million times more...mostly cuz hatch. I'll take the ugly gloss grill if it means I can have the hatchback.

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2022 Audi RS3 Crowned King Of The Nurburgring

Your move, Mercedes-AMG.

The Audi RS3 in its latest incarnation has just been revealed with that signature five-pot engine, more power than ever before, and a drift mode. Its 2.5-liter turbocharged engine produces an impressive 400 metric horsepower - 394 hp in American terms - and 369 lb-ft of torque, enough for a blisteringly quick 0-62 time of just 3.8 seconds. With the right options, it'll even top out at 180.2 mph, although the stock model is limited to 155 mph. On paper then, the new RS3 looks like a winner, and as it turns out, it looks like a winner on track too. Audi took the all-new RS3 sedan to the Nurburgring and achieved a time of 7:40.748, earning the four-door the title of the fastest compact model at the Nordschleife.

Back in June, before the car had been fully unveiled, Audi Sport racing and development driver Frank Stippler was behind the wheel and beat the previous lap record for the class by a laudable 4.64 seconds. However, there's usually an issue with lap records as manufacturers tend to fiddle with the cars in ways that the average customer will never get to experience. Not so here. Before the record-setting lap, Audi says that it only adjusted the tire pressures in the Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R semi-slick tires so that they'd be more suitable for track conditions. Sure, semi-slicks aren't the default choice for the average consumer, but they're a small change that remains street-legal. Furthermore, these tires are an optional extra for the first time, so this really is a factory-stock car.

Audi pins part of the success of the lap on the torque splitter, a first for an Audi model. This technology helps the car turn in better. "In general, the new RS3 is much more agile when driving from the middle of the curve to its end and when accelerating out of the curve," said Stippler. "For me, the torque splitter is a quantum leap in terms of agile driving." The tires are also awarded some praise for the time achieved, as are the 19-inch ceramic front brakes, the adaptive RS sport suspension plus system, and the RS Performance mode.

In setting the new record, Audi beat the previous record holder, the Renault Megane RS Trophy-R, which held the record with a lap time of 7 minutes and 45.389 seconds.
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