Shortly after the introduction of the new generation of the sharp RS 3 model, Audi boasts its first great success.
This concerns a record entry on the famous North Loop of the Nürburgring. The Audi RS 3 in a sedan body design (sold here as the RS 3 Saloon) is the new fastest compact Nordschleife car.
The Renault Megane RS Trophy-R still dominated the lower middle class with a time of 7: 45.389, but Audi with Frank Stippler behind the wheel managed to cover the 20.8-kilometer-long track in 7 minutes and 40,748 seconds.
The car was supposed to be in serial condition, even the semi-slick Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R (for the experiment specifically inflated) customers can choose from a list of additional elements. You just don’t get the safety frame for the RS 3.
The RS 3 managed a record ride in June, before the official premiere, hence the special camouflage.
The drive is provided by a supercharged five-cylinder petrol engine with a volume of 2.5 liters, which gives a maximum output of 294 kW and a maximum torque of 500 newton meters. The engine works exclusively with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
From a standstill to a hundred, the car accelerates in 3.8 seconds, the maximum speed with a dynamic package is up to 290 km / h.
A novelty of this generation is the Tourque Splitter system with an electronically controlled multi-plate clutch on the respective drive shaft for each wheel. This ensures optimal torque distribution on the rear axle. In practice, the Torque Splitter increases the transmission of driving force to the outer, more heavily loaded rear wheel, thus significantly suppressing the tendency to understeer. Thanks to this technology, the RS 3 will also be significantly more benevolent to driving sideways.
The standard sports chassis receives newly developed shock absorbers and a valve system, and the RS plus sports chassis with adaptive shock absorber control is available on request, which continuously adapts the individual shock absorbers to the road condition and driving situation.
Customers in the Czech Republic can order the new Audi RS 3 from mid-August this year, and the new products will be launched this autumn. The basic price of the hatchback is CZK 1,552,900, the sedan costs at least CZK 1,626,900.