Audi Sport's compact class performance models RS 3 have reached a new level with the new RS 3 Performance Edition. Developed for maximum performance, the special version has 407 PS power and a top speed of 300 km/h. In addition to well-known high-end technologies such as the RS torque splitter and ceramic brakes, RS seats with optimized lateral support and a number of special design elements set the new model apart.
With the third generation of the RS 3 Sportback and the second generation of the RS 3 Sedan, Audi Sport GmbH, which is decisive in terms of high performance in the compact class, takes it to the next level: the RS 3 Performance Edition. The new model, which will be produced only 300 units, is at the top of the series both technically and visually.
Five-cylinder turbo engine with increased performance
More powerful and faster than all previous RS 3 series, the RS 3 Performance Edition is the first vehicle in its class to reach a top speed of 300 km/h with the RS Dynamics Package plus. Known for its characteristic sound, the award-winning five-cylinder turbo engine provides this special model with 407 PS and 500 Nm of torque. Power is transmitted by a 7-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission. The RS 3 Performance Edition can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 3,8 seconds.
The standard RS sports exhaust with modified gloss black, oval tailpipes gives the exterior a sporty and robust sound, provided by the variable exhaust flap control. In Audi drive select's Dynamic, RS Performance and RS Torque Rear modes, the exhaust flaps open even more when the vehicle is stationary, so the sound continues to impress in any situation.
The best chassis technologies in series production
The high driving dynamics and stability provided by RS 3 model-specific standards such as negative camber and stiffer wishbone are further enhanced in the RS 3 Performance Edition with the RS sport suspension with adaptive damping control. The system adjusts each shock absorber continuously and individually according to road conditions, driving situation and the mode selected in Audi drive select. Compared to the previous generation RS 3, pressure and rebound damping have been increased, allowing the shock absorber to take more of the force passing through the chassis.
Introduced in the RS 3 Performance Edition, the RS Torque Splitter increases stability and agility, reducing understeer during dynamic driving. A maximum of 50 percent of the driving power is directed to the rear axle; In RS Torque Rear mode, all of the reverse driving torque is transmitted intermittently to the wheel outside the corner.
Privilege and dynamism made visible
The special model demonstrates its leading position in the RS 3 portfolio with a wide range of new design elements and equipment: motorsport-design wheels and RS sports exhaust pipes, as well as Audi rings, the 3 RS logos front and rear in black and matched with special trims.
The perfection in the details is also seen in the lighting. Standard Matrix LED headlights and LED taillights with darkened bezels, dynamic light during unlocking and locking with RS-specific grading… When the RS 3 Performance Edition is switched on, the digital daytime running light consisting of 15 LED segments is a “checkered flag” to symbolize limited production on the passenger side. ” and “3-0-0” denoting maximum speed on the driver's side. When turned off, the text "RS-3" appears instead of "0-0-3" in the pixel area under the main headlight. While driving, the checkered flag lights up on both sides as a daytime running light. Another distinguishing feature is the entrance LED in the front doors: it projects “#RS Performance” onto the floor next to the car.
The special model also shows its privilege in the interior. For the first time in the RS 3, the seats offered as standard equipment provide lateral support during dynamic cornering. The seats have contrasting blue honeycomb stitching.
On the special model, the background image on the 10.1 inch touchscreen is carbon look and shows the characteristic 2.5 TFSI 1-2-4-5-3 firing sequence. The RS monitor also includes images of coolant temperature, engine and transmission oil, g-forces and tire pressures. same zamAt the moment, Audi virtual cockpit plus also includes performance-related data such as lap times, g-forces and 0-100 km/h, 0-200 km/h acceleration.