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Audi dropped the cover for the RS3 Sedan in July 2021 and it was fast enough to put some supercars to shame and threaten other performance vehicles of its days.

The German carmaker already had vast experience in producing powerful, agile vehicles. It was the first carmaker to provide a powerful version for a sporty, compact-segment, premium car in the form of the S3 back in 1999. But, while its ancestor provided just 210 horses, the 2021 version came with almost twice as that.

With a look that resembled those from renderings and mad tuners around the world, the S3 Sedan was a clear sign of revolution for Audi's compact sedan. At the front, its broad and black singleframe grille abandoned the small hexagonal design of former models and sported wider oval-shaped adornments. Its Matrix-LED headlights wore a new pattern for the daytime running lights. From its sides, the wheel arches were wider than on the regular A3 Sedan, and its sculptured door panels completed the side image. Unlike any other S-line package, the RS3 featured body-colored A-pillars and black door mirrors. At the back, a discrete lip spoiler adorned the trunk lid, while on the lower side of the bumper, the design team installed a diffuser flanked by a pair of oval exhausts.

Inside, the sport bucket seats provided high bolstered areas needed to keep their occupants in place while hard-cornering. In front of the driver, Audi installed a fully digital display in the instrument cluster and a second display for the MMI (multi-media information) infotainment system. The rear bench was profiled for two but featured three headrests.

Under the skin, Audi installed a 2.5-liter inline-five engine that provided 400 hp sent in all corners via a seven-speed automatic (dual-clutch) gearbox via a Haldex all-wheel-drive system.

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AUDI RS 3 Sedan 2021 - Present
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  • 2.5L TFSI 7AT AWD (400 HP)

AUDI RS 3 Sedan 2.5L TFSI 7AT AWD (400 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.5L TFSI 7AT AWD (400 HP)
Cylinders
L5
Displacement
2840 cm3
Power
294.2 KW @ 5600-7000 RPM
400 HP @ 5600-7000 RPM
395 BHP @ 5600-7000 RPM
Torque
369 lb-ft @ 2250-5600 RPM
500 Nm @ 2250-5600 RPM
Fuel System
Direct injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
14.5 gallons (54.9 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
155 mph (249 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
3.8 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
7-speed automatic S tronic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
265/30 ZR19 93Y XL // 245/35 ZR19 93Y XL
DIMENSIONS
Length
178.8 in (4542 mm)
Width
72.9 in (1852 mm)
Height
55.6 in (1412 mm)
Front/rear Track
62.7/60 in (1,593/1,524 mm)
Wheelbase
103.6 in (2631 mm)
Cargo Volume
11.3 cuFT (320 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.32
Turning circle
39.4 ft (12.0 m)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3638 lbs (1650 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4586 lbs (2080 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
20.3 mpg US (11.6 L/100Km)
Highway
33.6 mpg US (7 L/100Km)
Combined
27 mpg US (8.7 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
198 g/km
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