Jumat, 10 Februari 2017

This is how the Audi RS 3 Facelift comes


As a fan of sporty cars, you know that manufacturers are taking the fight for PS dominance very seriously. Maybe a bit too serious. But the enthusiast profits and is happy about ever-increasing performance data and increasingly absurd acceleration times. The latest example: the PS war in the compact sports segment, which now culminates in the 400 hp Audi RS 3 Sportback 2017. Yes, right reading: 400 hp. In an A3. The world is a crazy place.

In 4.1 seconds to 100 km / h This
is of course exclusively to the last year on 381 hp strengthened Mercedes-AMG A 45 again from the performance drone. For this, Audi is packing the new 2.5-liter five-cylinder turbo from the TT RS into the RS-3 Bug. The world's strongest five-cylinder engine delivers 400 hp and 480 newton meters. These are 33 hp and 15 newtonmeter more than before. Almost even better, however, the new engine weighs 26 kilos less than the old one, which can only be appreciated with the rather pronounced front load and understeer of the RS 3. The 0-100 km / h time drops from 4.3 to 4.1 seconds now. So you push here again before the A 45, which requires 4.2 seconds. At the Stammtisch is something like a survival. Just like the top speed that Audi raises on request from 250 to 280 km / h.

370 mm brake
As before, all the power goes through a seven-speed dual clutch to all four wheels. An electrohydraulic lamellar coupling distributes the enormous quantities variably between front and rear axle. Audi's Drive Select drive system, which can affect steering, engine management, flap exhaust and the optional adaptive dampers in four modes, is a series. Just like 19-inch car with 235-tire and a brake system with 370-millimeter-disc front and 310-millimeter discs at the rear. Optionally, Audi also offers a ceramic brake.

Front slightly retouched
Visually, the RS-3 facelift does not look very good. The expert discovers, of course, immediately the modified single-frame grill as well as the new blade in the front apron, at the end of which two upright funnels provide for more eye-effect. Otherwise everything remains as it was before. LED headlights are the RS 3 Sportback series, Audis smart Matrix LED light is available for an extra charge. Inside, the RS 3 Audis also features a great Virtual Cockpit with a digital 12.3 inch instrument display. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also there. Furthermore, the large group kit sends out the new dustbag, which keeps distance and travels up to 65 km / h, as well as the emergency assistant, who automatically stops the car in case of need. But much more important is. The sports steering wheel, which has just been flattened, now has the Alcantara inserts no longer in the completely wrong places. Now they are there, where one is actually also going (speak at three and nine o'clock).

From 54.600 euros
Audi RS 3 Sportback will be shown for the first time at the Geneva Autosalon 2017 (March 9-19). It can then be ordered - as the RS 3 sedan shown at the Paris Salon 2016 - from April 2017. The market launch is scheduled for August this year. The price for the RS 3 Sportback increases from 52,700 to 54,600 euros. The RS 3 sedan is available from 55.900 euros. For comparison, the Mercedes-AMG A 45 costs at least 51,170 euros.