Audi RS3

Audi RS3

  The Audi RS3 is a rumored hot hatch from the German automaker that adds the automaker's Rennsport attitude to the A3 entry level hatchback. The car will wear unique bodywork with bulging fenders and larger air intakes. The RS3 is rumored to be powered by a turbocharged 5 cylinder engine making 335 HP from the Audi TT-RS sports car feature Audi's Quattro all wheel drive system.

Audi may be sending out the current generation TT-RS with one final special edition - the TT-RS Plus - but they are introducing another with that same package. At least, that is what a leaked document is suggesting.

Back in June 2011, Audi reported that all of the 2,700 units of the highly anticipated RS3 Sportback had been sold out, but if this document is to be taken seriously, then customers may have another chance to snag the sports hatch in an even cooler package. The RS3 Plus will take the turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine - also found in the TT-RS - and jump-start it by 20 HP, leaving it with a total of 360 HP and 342 lb-ft. of torque. And just like with the TT-RS Plus, the RS3 Plus will be a few pounds lighter, thus making it a little bit faster. Expect to see different carbon fiber elements as well, most likely a specially designed wheel and a fixed rear wing.

The Audi RS3 Plus will be unveiled in May 2012, a month after the TT-RS Plus.

Source: Autoblog.nl

German tuner, MTM , has decided that even the most powerful A3 in Audi ’s line-up can be improved significantly. Their new package based off of the RS3 Sportback 2.5 TFSI provides the sports hatch with a drool-inducing boost in power and some signature coloring.

Getting the RS3 to a level of supremacy took a series of high tech components, including a modified turbocharger that gives the engine a high-powered air supply. This turbocharger is teamed up with modified spark plugs that ensure the optimal firing of the combustion chambers and a new exhaust system specifically tailored to suit the different power variants. Final counts come in with an output of 472 HP, up from the RS3’s standard 340 HP.

A jump of 132 HP is nothing to shake a stick at so nothing else needed to be done for the Audi to shine. Of course, it was mandatory that MTM splash their customary exterior color combination of black, orange, and white just in case the home of this package was questioned.

Pricing for this package comes in at 10,600 Euro - or about $14,100 at the current exchange rates.

With 340 HP, the Audi RS3 is no doubt a very powerful wagon. Of course, that doesn’t mean that tuning firms are going to leave the vehicle untouched; hey, station wagons need a little love too. German tuner, ABT Sportsline’s love translates into 80 extra horsepower - up to 420 HP - with a second stage bringing out 470 HP and 465 lb-ft of torque! Who says, station wagons are boring?

In order to obtain the extra 130 HP for the second stage, the tuner installed an ABT turbocharger, a modified motor management, and a two-pipe stainless steel ABT exhaust system. This allows the Audi Rs3 to deliver a 0 to 60 mph sprint of just under 4 seconds. Both the first and second stage also get their top speed limiter removed allowing for a top speed of 177 mph.

Next to the engine upgrades, the tuner is also offering a new set of ABT light alloy wheels, size 19", wrapped in high-performance tires, 255/30 R19 on the front axle and 225/35 R19 on the rear.

The 2012 Audi RS3 Sportback might look the part of a ’ho-hum’ car on the outside, but rest assured, it’s got some serious horses lurking waiting to be bumped up by the right tuning house. Fortunately, German tuner B&B is up to the task, offering not one, not two, not even three, but four stages of performance upgrades for the RS3.

The first Stage upgrade takes the RS3’s 2.5-liter turbocharged, five-cylinder engine’s standard output of 340 horsepower and 332 lb/ft of torque up to 410 horsepower and 413 lb/ft of torque. Not content with that? Well, B&B has the Stage 2 upgrade for you, further bumping up the output to 425 horsepower and 428 lb/ft of torque. Then there’s the Stage 3 upgrade that boosts up the output further, hitting 450 horsepower and 442 lb/ft of torque.

You would think that those upgrades are already enough, but B&B is far from finished. For the price of €15,950 - that’s about $23,000 based on current exchange rates - the German tuner will provide a larger turbocharger and a high-performance stainless-steel exhaust system that brings the RS3’s total output to a mighty impressive 510 horsepower and 501 lb/ft of torque. With this upgrade, the RS3 can now hit north-to-60 in just 3.5 seconds with a top speed of 193 mph.

Other goodies that are part of this whole set-up, include a new two-mode sport suspension, a high performance brake system, and a choice between 19" or 20" wheels. Let’s all be real though; the meat and bones of what B&B is offering centers on the performance improvements done on the Audi RS3.

Not so ’ho-hum’ now, is it?

It’s been a while, years even, but after waiting for what seems to have been ages, Audi has finally revealed the long-awaited RS3 Sportback. Then again, it’s still better late than never, right?

The RS3 Sportback is the performance level of the new A3 , and seeing as the A3 finally hit the market, it wasn’t that hard to think that the RS3 was sure to follow. And now, here we are.

Excited as we are with the release of this sexy and powerful vehicle, Audi has announced that they will only build 2,700 units, which isn’t all that bad if you’re quick to reserve a model, right?

Unfortunately, there’s also another piece of sad news for all our Audi-loving fans here in America. The RS3, awesome as it is, will not see the roads across the Atlantic. From what we’ve heard, there’s a slim-to-none chance that we’ll ever see the RS3 on this side of the world.

Yes, we can hear the collective groans from Miami to Seattle now.

UPDATE 06/08/2011: Audi has announced that all of the RS3 units allocated for the first year have been sold out. When talking about the sales success, Jeremy Hicks, head of Audi UK said: "The fact we have sold out of our allocation for this year is absolute testimony to strength of the brand given that customers have been prepared to order the car without even seeing it first."

UPDATE 07/19/2012: After a fair amount of buyer begging, Audi has chosen to extend the RS3 Sportback’s production by 250 units, despite the fact that production officially ended last year.

In many cases, a manufacturer would take this opportunity to jack up the price as well, but Audi has also decided that the post-production RS3 Sportbacks will be sold at the normal MSRP of ₤39,390 (roughly $62,500).

Source: Audi

With the new Audi RS3 Sportback just launched it was to be expected to hear more about it pretty soon. While we all are waiting to get an online configurator to play with, Audi is offering more details about its youngest model.

Audi Exclusive has something pretty cool to offer for the new RS3: a Black Optics Package that adds to your model a pretty impressive look. The package includes front grille, grille frame, front license plate holder and the tailpipes of the exhaust system highly polished black. Ad a pretty cool set of wheels that combines black with red in an amazing effect.

Next to it there will also be a Matte Aluminum styling package that includes matte aluminum finish on the front spoiler, the mounts of the front lower air intakes, trim on the door handles, lateral fins, roof spoiler and the upper edge of the rear diffuser.

TheAudi RS3 has been confirmed again: this time thanks to a series of images that show the car’s steering wheel and instrument panel. And at a first look you’ll notice that the odometers says 310 km/h (192 mph). But before you’ll get to excited you must know that the future RS3 will be limited to 155 mph.

It will be powered by the same 2.5 liter, 5-cylinder turbocharged engine that is found in the TT-RS, but with the output increased by 10 HP (going up to 350 HP). The engine will be mated to a new 7-speed S-trinic gearbox (PQ500 unit) as an option (also available on TT RS for ordering now).

The official debut has been announced for 2011 Geneva Motor Show. Also Audi said there will be only 2,700 units built - the exact same number as the BMW 1-Series M Coupe built. The RS3 will carry a price tag of around $60K.

Source: Autoblog.it

Yesterday we confirmed that the Audi RS3 would be making its world debut at the Paris Auto Show at the end of this month. Today we’re ready with more details surrounding the future sports hatchback.

The Audi RS3 will only be offered in a five-door version with prices anticipated to be between £38,000 -£40,000. It will be powered by the same 2.5 liter, 5-cylinder turbocharged engine that is found in the TT-RS , but with the output increased by 10 HP (going up to 350 HP). The engine will be mated to a new 7-speed S-trinic gearbox (PQ500 unit) as an option (also available on TT RS for ordering now).

And since everyone is obsessed with weight these days - have you seen the crazy crash diets out there?! - Audi has fitted the hatchback with aluminum panels, suspension parts, and special lightweight sport seats to trim the some fat.

As if this information wasn’t enough to sate your appetite for RS3 knowledge, we also have news that Audi will only build 2,700 units of the RS3, one for each BMW 1-Series M Coupe built. Talk about competition. We would have opted for 2,701 units, just to be one ahead.

As a reminder, Audi will also be bringing a concept version for the future Q3 SUV to the Paris Auto Show .

Audi has finally decided to come out with the production version of the Audi A3 RS, and we won’t have to wait long to see it either. The small hatchback will be making its appearance at the end of September at the Paris Motor Show. It will also be joined by the concept version of the future Q3 SUV.

Unfortunately, we also come bearing some bad news; Audi will only be producing 2,700 units of the RS3 . We still don’t know how many, if any, of those units will be making their way to our side of the Atlantic. Of course, Audi did give word that the A3 sedan would be coming over and they recently decided - yesterday - to bless us with the TT-RS , so we have some high hopes for the hatchback’s oversea venture!

The Audi RS3 will be powered by a 2.5 liter, 5-cylinder turbocharged engine, combining Audi’s proven Quattro all wheel drive system with a turbocharged five cylinder engine to produce a factory backed 335 HP. It is also rumored that the RS3 will get an all-new chassis.

Now that Audi has brought the new A3 on the market, they have moved on to preparing its higher performance RS version. Back in April, a test mule was caught lapping in Nurburgring and we had assumed that it would lead to a Paris Motor Show debut. That proved to be an accurate assumption as Audi will be debuting the RS3 at the end of September at the show.

The Audi RS3 will only be offered in a five-door version with prices anticipated to be between £38,000 -£40,000. Like the Audi TT RS , the Audi RS3 will be powered by a 2.5 liter, 5-cylinder turbocharged engine that is found in the TT-RS, but will adjust it to gain another 10hp, bringing the total horsepower up to 350. The engine will be mated to a new 7-speed S-trinic gearbox (PQ500 unit) as an option (also available on TT RS for ordering now). It is also rumored that the RS3 will get an all-new chassis which wouldn’t be surprising considering they have also gone to some lengths to decrease weight ont he hatchback. Audi has fitted the hatchback with aluminum panels, suspension parts, and special lightweight sport seats to trim the fat.

We have also heard that Audi will only build 2,700 units of the RS3, which is exactly the number of units the BMW 1-Series M Coupe will see. Coincidence? We think not.

There is some bad news to this story though; U.S. Audi fans shouldn’t hold their breath in anticipation for the new RS3. If Audi won’t share the 261 hp S3 with North America, the chances are slim that it will export its halo vehicle.

UPDATE 09/16/2010: This review has been updated with new details on the RS3.

Source: WCF

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