Audi RS 3

  • 2018 Audi RS 3

    Audi Sport will lob its new RS 3 sport sedan onto the market this summer, with a starting price of $55,875, which includes a $975 destination charge. Rivals like Mercedes-AMG’s CLA45 and BMW’s M2 (coupe body style only) are less expensive at $50,425 and $52,695, though the RS 3 is the most powerful thanks to its 400 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque. That output comes from a turbocharged 2.5-liter inline-5 that lends the car a unique sound. The 1-2-4-5-3 ignition sequence produces a special rhythm and a distinct engine note that can be intensified by opening the flaps of the...

  • 2018 Audi RS 3 Sportback, 2017 Geneva auto show
    2018 Audi RS 3 Sportback debuts at 2017 Geneva auto show

    Audi’s RS 3 Sportback has finally received the upgraded powertrain of the all-new RS 3 sedan that debuted last fall at the 2016 Paris auto show. It means the handsome hatch is now extracting 400 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque from its turbocharged 2.5-liter inline-5, all of which is...

  • 2017 Audi RS 3 LMS race car
    2017 Audi RS 3 LMS ready to race

    Hot on the heels of Thursday’s debut of the RS 3 sport sedan at the 2016 Paris auto show, Audi has unveiled a new racing version of the car. The new race car is called the RS 3 LMS and will be ready for delivery to customer teams in time for the 2017 motorsport season. It was developed by the...

  • 2018 Audi RS 3, 2016 Paris auto show
    2018 Audi RS 3 debuts with 400 horsepower

    Audi’s new RS 3 has finally landed. The car is a compact sport sedan with essentially the same mechanical package as the TT RS—and it’s coming to the United States. Audi pulled the covers off on Thursday at the 2016 Paris auto show, and in the process likely unsettled the folks...

  • 2018 Audi RS 3 spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2018 Audi RS 3 spy video

    Audi’s RS 3 has been off limits for the United States for a long time, but that’s set to change with the arrival of a new sedan variant on these shores in approximately one year’s time. Audi has already shown the car to its dealers, and as of this week the German automaker has...

  • 2018 Audi RS 3 spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2018 Audi RS 3 spy shots

    Audi has just updated its A3 range but noticeably missing is the updated version of the RS 3 Sportback. That’s because Audi is holding off on its updated RS 3 Sportback until development of a new RS 3 sedan is complete. The new sports sedan is currently testing at the Nürburgring, as...

  • 2017 Audi TT RS spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

    Audi is planning a significant expansion of its RS performance range in coming years. Some of the new models in the works include the first ever RS 3 sedan, new generations of the RS 4 Avant and TT RS, and possibly even an RS Q5. According to Car and Driver, the product onslaught will commence as early as this month with the arrival of the new TT RS at the 2016 Beijing Auto Show. The Chinese show starts April 25. The TT RS will once again come with turbocharged 5-cylinder power but its engine is said to be an all-new design capable of delivering close to 400 horsepower, up from the previous...

  • 2018 Audi RS 3 leaked - Image via World Car Fans
    U.S.-bound Audi RS 3 sedan shown during dealer presentation

    The United States may have missed out on previous generations of the RS 3 but that won’t be the case with the latest model. Audi’s local chief Scott Keogh confirmed the arrival of the RS 3 on these shores one year ago. Part of the reason we never saw the RS 3 is because it has always...

  • Audi RS 3 "Birth" screencap
    Watch The Audi R8 Give Birth To The... RS 3

    Bet you didn't think the most disturbing thing you'd see today would be an Audi commercial. Audi perhaps got a little too creative with this latest video promoting the new RS 3 Sportback. It actually shows a first-generation R8 giving birth to the hot hatchback. No, we don't know why either. In the...

  • 2015 Audi RS 3 Sportback
    Audi RS 3 Confirmed For U.S.

    It’s long been thought that Audi’s latest RS 3 would be coming to the U.S., and now the automaker’s local chief, Scott Keogh, has confirmed it. However, the U.S. is unlikely to get the RS 3 Sportback that goes on sale in Europe this summer; rather, we’ll get an RS 3 sedan...

  • 2015 Audi RS 3 Sportback
    2015 Audi RS 3 Sportback revealed, U.S. launch still pending

    Audi’s new RS 3 Sportback, the ultimate A3, has been revealed as the most powerful compact car in production, managing to edge out Mercedes-Benz’s A45 AMG and CLA45 AMG by a nose. The new RS 3, which is yet to be confirmed for the U.S. market, packs Audi’s familiar turbocharged...

  • 2015 Audi RS 3 Sportback spy shots
    2015 Audi RS 3 Sportback Spy Video

    The new RS version of the Audi A3 Sportback is in the final stages of development, with the latest testing being done at Germany’s Nürburgring. The vehicle is the 2015 RS 3 Sportback, and it is expected to be revealed later this year or in early 2015. While it’s scheduled to go on...

  • Audi A3 clubsport quattro concept, 2014 Wörthersee Tour

    The Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG better watch out, because Audi is hinting at a new performance version of its A3 sedan that may just upset our 2014 Best Car To Buy winner. That hint has come in the form of the stunning A3 clubsport quattro concept car, which made its official debut this week at the 2014 Wörthersee Tour in Austria. MUST SEE: Who Needs A Big Block? Supercharged Smart Car Does Wheelies, Whips Mustang: Video In the video above, we see Audi engineers building the A3 clubsport quattro concept from scratch. Once complete, the car is taken for its first official test drive, with...

  • Audi A3 clubsport quattro concept, 2014 Wörthersee Tour
    Audi Hints At New RS 3 With A3 clubsport quattro Concept

    Behold the new A3 clubsport quattro concept, a hotted-up version of the 2015 Audi A3 sedan that’s powered by a five-cylinder TFSI engine developing—wait for it—525 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque. The concept will be shown for the first time at the 2014 Wörthersee...

  • 2015 Audi RS 3 Sportback spy shots
    2015 Audi RS 3 Sportback Spy Shots

    You’re looking at the first photos of a prototype for the new generation of the Audi RS 3. The previous generation never made it to these shores but we suspect this one will because of Audi’s decision to launch more of its high-performance RS models in the U.S. market. Another reason is...

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    Audi Upgrading Five-Cylinder Engine For More Power: Report

    With Mercedes-Benz’s go-fast division AMG boasting about having extracted “more than” 330 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque from a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine destined for its new range of compact cars, and with most suggesting that the power figure could be...

  • Chris Harris with BMW's M135i and Audi's RS3
    Chris Harris Compares The BMW M135i And Audi RS3: Forbidden Fruit Video

    German automakers seem to have two absolute rules: there is no such this as “too complex,” and Americans don’t buy hatchbacks. We can’t comment on the first point, but as for the second, well, that means we miss out on some of the best compact cars Germany has to offer. Case...

  • 2011 Audi RS3 Sportback
    Audi Swayed To Build More RS 3 Sportbacks Due To Popular Demand

    It still isn’t coming to the U.S., at least in this generation, but a few hundred buyers in the UK will be able to drop their hard-earned on an Audi RS 3 Sportback even though production of the car officially came to an end last year. Demand for the car was so strong that Audi decided to...

  • 2012 Audi RS3 live photos

    Audi's RS3 Sportback blends practicality with performance better than almost any other car on the market, and rumor has it that an even faster version may be in the works.

  • 2012 Audi RS3 live photos
    Audi RS 3 Sportback debuts at 2011 Geneva auto show

    Full details on the 2011 Audi RS3 have been out for months now, including its brawny yet compact 340-horsepower turbocharged 2.5-liter inline five-cylinder engine, but today in Geneva, we got a good look at the car in person. It looks, well, hot, as a true hot hatch--even super-hatch--should. At a...

  • Audi RS3 tearing up the snow
    Video: Audi RS3 Sportback Tears Up The Snow

    Sharing an engine with the TT-RS, the new Audi RS3 Sportback extracts 340 horsepower and 331 pound-feet of torque from its 2.5-liter five-cylinder turbo. In most cars, getting that power down to the ground when the road surface is covered in ice or snow would be next to impossible but thanks to its...

  • 2011 Audi RS3 Sportback
    Audi RS 3 Sportback detailed, we gnash teeth in envy

    Wanting what we can't have is a common thread in the shared human experience, and the thread has rarely been stronger for us than in the case of the Audi RS 3 Sportback. Hatchback? Check. Hot? Check. All-wheel drive? Check. It ticks all the boxes. This video includes tons of static footage of the...

  • 2011 Audi RS3 Sportback
    2011 Audi RS 3 Sportback Preview

    Spy shots confirmed its existence earlier this year, and now we have the official photos and details: the Audi RS 3 Sportback is going to production. Sharing an engine with the Audi TT RS, the RS 3 Sportback extracts 340 horsepower and 331 pound-feet of torque from its 2.5-liter five-cylinder...

  • 2011 Audi RS3 spy shots
    Spy Shots: 2011 Audi RS 3

    The Audi RS3 will use the engine from the Audi TT-RS to propel the A3 platform to new heights.

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