Editor: Jason “The Bok” Date – 12 Nov 2017
quattro GmbH, as it was formerly known was born in Neckarsulm, Germany in 1983 with a pure focus and determination in building high-quality performance cars that would win races and end up winning the hearts of many petrolheads the world over. To find out more, I met-up with VAG enthusiast Mthuthuzeli Mpiti to discuss this vehicle and the brand.
This is the latest compact sedan built to thrill and built under the Audi Sport brand, this is the brilliantly quick and dynamic RS3 Sedan.
Reminiscent of the original Quattro flying cars, the new RS3 features a 5-cylinder engine, however, this 2.5-litre 5-cylinder produces a simply sensational 294 kW and 480 Nm of torque. The result of this massive bang in a compact body is Audi’s claimed 0-100 km/h in a mere 4.1 seconds. While Audi claims 4.1 seconds, several major motoring publications have reported clocking the sprint in under 4 seconds. Top speed is electronically governed to 250 km/h, but for a fee, Audi will unlock its true capability of 280 km/h.
Apart from the mighty shove offered by the RS3, comes its sensational bark. Owing to an engine which displaces its grunt with a firing interval of 144 degrees. The 1-2-4-5-3 ignition sequence alternates between directly adjacent cylinders and those further apart from one another, and the result is a Neckarsulm symphony orchestra that sounds absolutely sensational.
RS Practicality & Comfort
The RS3 Sedan is ultimately based on the very sensible A3 Sedan. As a result, the RS3 is a very easy car to live with. Practical levels of ride height, five-doors and Audi’s quattro drive system make living with the RS3 an easy task even when tackling wet or unstable surfaces and doing so with up to four adults in comfort.
The cabin space sports a minimalistic appearance, and with seats set in Nappa leather, it makes for a very luxurious space. While the Audi options list can get costly and is extensive, it does allow for some very clever technology, including Audi’s simply excellent Virtual Cockpit instrument cluster.
While the RS3 Sedan is based on the A3 Sedan and in essence the changes on the outside remain subtle, The RS3 Sedan has notable styling features, such as its wider, more flared body kit, boot spoiler and huge oval tailpipes.
R925,500 (Time of publishing)