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2012 Audi RS 3 Sportback

2012 Audi RS 3 Sportback

Blazing performance, compact size. Audi has added a new model to its dynamic RS series: the RS 3 Sportback. In the great tradition of the brand, its engine boasts five cylinders and turbocharging technology. From a displacement of 2.5 liters come 340 hp of power and 332 lb-ft of torque, with an average fuel consumption of just 26 US mpg (9.1 liters of fuel per 100 km). (continued below)

2012 RS 3 Sportback Photo Gallery
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Big Performance in a Small Package: The Audi RS 3 Sportback

Source: Audi | Published: Mon Nov 22, 2010

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Power is transmitted to the road via a seven-speed S tronic and quattro permanent all-wheel drive. 19-inch wheels and fenders made of carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) underscore the Audi RS 3 Sportback's position of distinction.

Dynamic Exterior Styling

The new top-of-the-line model in the A3 series hints at its explosive potential from the very first glimpse. The xenon plus headlights, the front apron, the anthracite single-frame grill with diamond-patterned styling and the air intakes cut a distinctive figure.

The side view is dominated by the flared front fenders made of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP), prominent sill panels, exterior-mirror casings in matt aluminum look and a large roof spoiler. A high-gloss black diffusor insert and two elliptical exhaust tailpipes on the left accentuate the styling at the rear. RS 3 badges adorn the single-frame grill and the rear hatch.

Sporty Interior

The dynamic style is matched in the interior, entirely black and sporting a number of RS 3 logos. The sports seats are upholstered in Fine Nappa leather with silver contrasting stitching; the inlays gleam in Piano finish black or the new Aluminum Race look; the leather multifunction sports steering wheel is flat-bottomed. The selector lever and instruments are specially designed. The driver information system can display the boost pressure and oil temperature as well as a lap timer.

Audi RS 3's Inline-5 Engine

Each Audi RS model represents the pinnacle of its model line - the RS 3 Sportback, developed by quattro GmbH, now brings this dynamic philosophy to the compact category. It rockets from a dead stop to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds - a performance figure unrivaled by the competition. Top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph. Even so the compact car, weighing in at only 3,472 pounds, delivers 26 US mpg on average (9.1 liters per 100 km) and emits 341.18 g CO2 per mile (212 g CO2 per km). This efficiency is due in large part to a delivery-on-demand oil pump and a regenerative system that recovers energy as the car decelerates.

The 2.5-liter engine in the RS 3 Sportback will thrill passengers thanks to its tremendous pulling power and its voracious revving up to 6,800 rpm. The guttural roaring and growling, backed by the signature rhythm of the five-cylinder firing order make up the classic Audi soundtrack. A sound flap in the exhaust branch intensifies the sound even further. The flap is controlled via the standard Sport button, which also varies the engine response.

The 2.5-liter unit, already part of the TT RS specifications, has recently been named "International Engine of the Year" by a jury of automotive journalists.

The 2.5 TFSI delivers 340 hp from a displacement of 2,480 cc: a specific power output of 137.1 hp per liter. The maximum torque of 332 lb-ft is readily available at the low end of the rev range, around 1,600 rpm, and remains constant up to 5,300 revolutions. These general parameters yield excellent acceleration and elasticity values.

Audi RS 3 Sportback: Review (2/2)

Key: AT - automatic transmission, MT - manual transmission, F/R/AWD - front/rear/all wheel drive
Type I5, Turbocharged
Displacement 151 cu in (2480 cc)
Power 340 hp @ 5400 RPM
Torque 332 lb-ft @ 1600-5300 RPM
Redline 6800 RPM
Driveline All Wheel Drive
Transmission 7 Speed Dual-Clutch Automatic
Brakes & Tires
Brakes Front - Rear Ventilated Discs - Ventilated Discs
Tire Size Front - Rear 235/35 R18 - 255/30 R19
Exterior Dimensions & Weight
Length n/a
Width n/a
Height n/a
Curb Weight 3472 lbs
0-60 4.4 s
1/4 Mile n/a
60-0 Braking n/a
Top Speed 155 mph
Fuel Economy
EPA Fuel Mileage - Combined 26 mpg
Origin & Price
Origin Germany
Base Retail Price (MSRP) n/a (49,900 EUR in Germany)

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