RS 3 2018, Audi’s most sporty sedan arrives in the United StatesAutomotive News
Audi has decided to market for the first time in its history in the USA. the sports car RS 3, whose heart is the new generation of the 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine in the German house that generates 400 horsepower.
It is no secret that US sedan sales are in free fall in favor of the SUV todocaminos, which, today, are the type of vehicle preferred by many drivers in the country.
Sales of SUVs and vans totaled 63% of total market sales in 2016. And the trend will continue in the coming years, with declining demand for saloons.
A fashion that would change if more saloons were like the Audi RS 3 2018, a fun vehicle to drive under all conditions.
Audi has finally decided that it is time to bring the United States RS 3, which appeared in 2011 and became the first compact sedan Audi with RS label.
The arrival of the RS 3 is part of the launch of the range of RS sports models that Audi made during the summer.
Audi has said that in the next 24 months, will market in the United States eight new Audi Sport models, both with the R-label and the RS.
When Audi announced the launch of Audi Sport in the country, Scott Keogh, President of Audi America, stated that “Audi is a brand built on progress and for us, careers have been the laboratory where we have made great progress.”
And just yesterday, driver Paul Holton took the TC class title at the Pirelli World Challenge on board an Audi RS 3 LMS after his performance at the Laguna Seca circuit.
For its debut in the United States, the RS 3, the most powerful version of the A3, is equipped with the new generation Otto cycle engine in five-cylinder in-line and 2.5-liter displacement with direct injection of gasoline, turbocharger with intercooler for cooling the load air and double overhead camshaft.
The engine is coupled to a seven-speed S tronic transmission with double clutch electro-hydraulic dipped oil. The assembly produces 400 horsepower and a torque of 354 pounds / foot between 1,700 and 5,850 revolutions per minute.
In comparison, the engine torque of the Audi S3 is 280 lbs / ft.
These figures allow the RS 3 to accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour (0 to 96 kilometers per hour) in 3.9 seconds and that its maximum speed is 174 miles per hour (280 kilometers per hour) when the vehicle is equipped with the Dynamic plus package. From factory, the maximum speed of the RS 3 is of 155 miles per hour (250 km / h).
Another option is the brake system. The standard system is one of ventilated discs on the front and rear wheels with eight pistons painted in black with the RS logo.
But the RS 3 also has a brake system with carbon ceramic discs for the front wheels as part of the Dynamic plus package. Carbon ceramic discs save weight and offer more wear resistance.
The RS 3 comes standard with a Quattro four-wheel drive system that has no pre-set torque distribution and allows the maximum possible power to be sent to the rear axle to improve driving dynamics.
On the outside, the RS 3 2018 has a new front with the Audi Singleframe grille and lower air intakes that give it a more aggressive and sporty look.
At the rear, the design now includes an aileron that rests on a rim of the same color as the body of the vehicle as well as oval exhaust pipes. The vehicle also has a rear diffuser and 19-inch light alloy wheels.
Among the options available is the virtual dashboard with a 12.3-inch screen and 60 frames per second that provides information such as power and torque, as well as acceleration measured in g-force.
Audi has set the price of RS 3 2018 at 54,900 dollars.
EFE – Washington daily – 17/10/2017 (Translation Soft)