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Audi rs3 sedan, sportback 2022 world launch

Audi’s well-known 2.5-liter five-cylinder turbo engine still lives ahead and in this new generation of the RS3 that is presented in Sportback and Sedan bodies It arrives with 394 horsepower (401 in the versions for the United States) and 500 Nm of torque that is sent to all four wheels through a seven-speed S-tronic transmission.

Gallery: 2022 Audi RS3

The increases in these numbers are only part of the story, with the most significant changes lurking behind it all. The suspension not only reduces the height by 10 mm compared to the S3 but also has new shock absorbers, stiffer supports and an increase in negative camber, but if you opt for the RS sport you have adaptive dampers for three modes.

Audi RS3 Sportback 2022

There are 375mm ventilated discs at the front and 310mm rear, which can be swapped out for the optional 380mm front ceramic discs that reduce weight by 10kg in pitch and offer the ability to paint the calipers gray, red or blue. Considering that accelerates from 0 to 100 km / h in 3.8 seconds (0.1 faster than the A45 S, its most direct rival) and that its top speed is 250 km / h (or up to 290 km / h with the RS Dynamic package selected), it is reassuring to know that it has great brakes (in every sense).

However, rather than looking for an unrestricted section on the German motorways where that maximum speed can be tested, the most fun in the 2022 Audi RS3 will be the curves, largely thanks to the RS Torque Splitter. East replaces the previous model rear differential with an electronic multi-plate clutch that allows to vary the torque delivered to each rear wheel, so if you select the RS Torque Rear mode you are basically asking the system to ‘pull the tail out’.

Gallery: 2022 Audi RS3

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Audi RS3 Sedan 2022

But if you want to find the best possible lap time on the track, the RS Performance mode minimizes any signs of understeer or oversteer as much as possible for a more neutral behavior that allows to be as fast and efficient as possible.

While all this is going on, the 12.3 ”Virtual Cockpit digital instrument cluster in the 2022 Audi RS3 has a specific function that shows G-forces, lap times and acceleration times, while the head up display can show indicator lights to make changes. For its part, the 10 ”central screen not only works for the infotainment system but also has the RS Monitor function with data such as the temperature of the coolant, engine and oil, or the pressure of the tires.

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Audi RS3 2022

Gallery: 2022 Audi RS3

Regarding the changes in the design, Audi shows an interesting comparison in images of the exterior, emphasizing what we had already seen a few weeks ago with some leaks. For its part, the interior of the RS3 2022 does not bring big surprises either, although we feel some relief to see that there are still physical buttons for various functions.

From the middle of next August 2022 Audi RS3 can begin to be ordered in European markets where it will have a base price of 60,000 euros for the Sportback and 62,000 euros for the Sedan.

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Audi RS3 2022

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Audi RS3 2022

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