2018 Audi RS3 Review, The first compact sedan to have introduced a “noble” mechanics under its hood is the Volkswagen Golf 3 VR6. In the early 1990s, it was still unthinkable to imagine a 6-cylinder (compact), under the hood of a 4-meter-long car. More than pure performance, it was above all pleasure that was sought after.
Since then, the segment of compacts has evolved well, with cars ever larger and more powerful. While some models such as the Renault Mégane RS , the Peugeot 308 GTI or the Volkswagen Golf GTI are satisfied with 4 turbocharged cylinders, other so-called premium brands have adopted more noble mechanics. We think of the BMW M2 that trusts a big 6 cylinders, and the 2018 Audi RS3 with its mythical 5 cylinders in line. Only Mercedes plays the game of downsizing by remaining confined to 4 cylinders on its A45 AMG .
But let’s get back to the 2018 Audi RS3, and its 5-cylinder engine. This architecture has been the days of the manufacturer of Ingolstadt since the 1980s, with its famous Quattro Sport, a formidable machine to win in rallies, whose model series is now a real rarity.
This engine, reliable, deliciously audible and coupled, will delight the owners of Audi 100, 200, RS2 and A6 in the 1990s, a time when your servant was still on the school benches.
However, and mainly for reasons of cost and environmental friendliness, these machines will be banned from the catalog of rings in 1997, in favor of 4 cylinders or V6 less characteristic.
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Proud of its glorious past, Audi returned to the load in 2009, with a new generation of 5-cylinder petrol, which ended up under the hood of RS3 , RS Q3 and TT RS .
Since then, it has continued to evolve, to offer itself to us in its latest definition under the hood of the Audi RS3 (2018).
A car, two possibilities
The first novelty that we see on this restyled version of the Audi RS3 is now the choice offered in bodywork. We knew the Sportback 5 doors, here is the 4 door sedan. According to the ring brand, this version should attract 20% of the customers of the model.
Without doubt a more dynamic and statutory coat than the Sportback , the sedan also benefits from subtle aesthetic developments. By paying attention to the German compact, there are indeed some new elements of style.
If the tracks have been widened by 20 mm, which is also felt at the level of the wheel arches, a lynx eye will also notice the arrival of beveled optics at the front and a grille nest of d more generous bees – which integrates the Quattro logo differently. Finally, the side air vents have a new design. The modifications of the stern are even more timid. If the nice spoiler is specific to the sedan, we notice the arrival of new LED lights, a modified diffuser and we obviously find the two huge exhaust exhaust, which lets for a good time driving.
It is under the hood that the modifications made to the Audi RS3 are the most substantial. Numerous parts have been modified, and have enabled notably to increase the power of 33 hp, while reducing the mass of the mechanics of 26 kg. A beautiful operation which results in a technical sheet particularly tempting, since the 5-cylinder Turbo now develops 400 hp and 480 Nm of torque. A real record for the category!
Obviously, the main advantage of retaining a large mechanical system lies in the mechanical pleasure it distils. A five sings much better than a four, and his pleasure at all the regimes is a real happiness for the one who finds himself behind the wheel. It’s musical, it resumes well, and is made to ride on beautiful roads, as in the hinterland Var where this report takes place
An old-fashioned box
Obviously, everything is not perfect. The S-Tronic box, hardly modified, begins to accuse the weight of the years and sometimes refuses the downshift. The consumption ? It reaches very high levels in sporty driving, with averages at 17 liters per 100 km. Reasonable driving with 11.5 liters per 100 km measured over two days of testing.
The best, but it still lacks fantasy
The main criticism of the 2018 Audi RS3 came from its lack of fantasy in sporting driving. With a lighter front axle and new tires, the restylated version makes a better hair, but still sub-vireous. For a little fun, it will be necessary to disable the traction control to allow a few light slides very controlled.
The strength of this RS3 is elsewhere. Its latest Quattro system allows the electronics to send either 100% of the torque on the front or rear axle, or even a balanced distribution when the conditions demand it. It is a redoubtable road, difficult to take in default, and especially very safe.
Some improvements on board
It is probably on board that the compact Audi has the most aged. Its dashboard is now dated, even if the firm of Ingolstadt offers it the virtual cockpit of series. It\’s pretty much all aboard where one takes advantage of excellent sports seats unfortunately optional as many equipment.
A word also of the habitability, which remains in the average, with a space however sufficient for the knees of the rear passengers. On the other hand, it is useless to hope to lodge a fifth occupant. Due to the all-wheel drive, the trunk of the sedan is limited to a correct 315 liters.
We buy an Audi RS 3 mainly for the high-flying approval of its 5-cylinder. One of the last mohicans, one would be wrong to deprive oneself if one loves the beautiful mechanicals. Buying an Audi RS3 is also the assurance of a formidable handling and possess a sports car not devoid of family aspects.
In the default box, you will check the lack of insanity at the wheel, the price too high (62\’900 euros in sedan, with a Malus of 9.353 € or 9.660 € in Sportback), and the visibility far too low towards the \’back.
Photos: Clément Choulot / Julien Marcos Motor1 France
|Good points||Negative points|
|Mechanical Delight||Less fun to drive than the BMW M2|
|Placed on a rail||Dashboard dated|
|Practical aspects for an athlete||Rate too high|
Audi RS3 sedan (2018)
- MOTORIZATION5 cylinders in line petrol, turbo – 2.480 cm3
- POWER400 hp at 5,850 rpm
- 0-100 KM / H4.1 s
- TOP SPEED250 km / h (280 km / h optional)
- 7-speed S tronic TRANSMISSION
- TYPE OF TRANSMISSIONQuattro (four-wheel drive)
- WEIGHT1.515 kg
- TRUNK VOLUME315 liters
- PLACES4 1
- FUEL ECONOMY8.3 l / 100 km (Mixed cycle)
- FOR SALENovember 2017
- BASE PRICEfrom 62\’900 € for the sedan
- PRICE OF THE VERSION TESTEDNC