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2017 Audi RS3 Sedan: Crammed With 400 Horses and Coming to the U.S.

A turbo five-cylinder gives this tiny sports sedan some serious all-wheel drive muscle.

Audi is famous for making lustworthy performance cars, and depriving U.S. customers of the chance to buy them. Think of cars like the RS6 Avant and the S1 Quattro. Now, though, Audi has a new RS3 sedan and–praise Walter Röhrl–it’s headed across the Atlantic for our enjoyment.


The new RS3 sedan made its debut Thursday at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. Based on the familiar A3 sedan, the RS3 eschews a four-cylinder for a 400-hp turbocharged five-cylinder shared with the TT RS. So yes, if you want to live out your Group B Audi Quattro fantasies with three of your closest friends, this is your car.


The only transmission option is Audi’s seven-speed dual-clutch, dubbed S Tronic. Yes, it’s unfortunate the RS3 won’t offer a manual, but the S Tronic is a very fine automatic, with quick shifts and an aggressive performance mode. As you’d expect, power is sent to all four wheels, with variable torque distribution front-to-rear.


Audi also fit the RS3 with brake-based torque vectoring, and ESC that has “a sport mode for controlled drifting,” which sounds fun. The interior looks to be mostly standard Audi fare.


Do we wish Audi would bring the RS3 hatchback to the states? Of course, but it’s hard to be disappointed with this. We’re big fans of the regular S3 sedan, and the RS3 takes it to the extreme.


Besides, who else will sell you a tiny five-cylinder four-door? You’ve got to give Audi credit for that.

Source: Road And Track

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