The Audi RS3 might be the hottest small 4 door sedan on the market shortly. With BMW only offering the M2 in 2 doors and the next generation 1 Series sedan still years away Audi could run away with the market. Spied testing on the Nurburgring with minimal camo the official launch is getting close.
With an estimated 400 horsepower under that hood, the RS3 sedan is set for an debut later this year as a 2017 model. And if you were thinking this was just another hot sedan that we wouldn't get state side don't worry, this one is coming to the US.
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The RS3 engine has nothing in common with the 2.5 litre five-cylinder engine found in the RS3 hatchback in Europe, but will instead be the new 2.5 litre turbo engine that Audi developed for the TT-RS. The new engine will be mated to a DQ500 seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox and of course Quattro all-wheel-drive is standard.
We can expect a 0-60mph time of about 4.0 seconds and a top speed closer to 175 mph when the limiter is deleted. Otherwise the top speed is limited to 150 mph
Typical of the Audi RS styling the front bumper has more aggressive look with bigger air intakes to provide the engine as much cooling as possible, wider side sills, and two big oval exhaust tips on each side of the diffusor. A rear spoiler is also part of the package and rounds out the look. With an on sale date looming all eyes will be on BMW M2 sales to see just how many M2 owners defect to get 2 more doors.
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