I will open with a confession, before detailing the road test I passed last weekend. If I had a lot of money, a lot, and could buy a second car for fun and soul, then in the double driveway of my imaginary private home, a new Audi RS Sportback would be parked. Gray or red, I have not yet decided.
The first vehicle in the parking lot was spacious, practical and comfortable, parameters that the RS3 does not exactly meet, but the second vehicle was the RS3 and no other.
Almost a month, since her first photos landed from the Champion Motors importer parking lot, all car enthusiasts have been talking about her. It landed in sedan (four-door and spacious trunk) and Sportback (five-door) configurations with the same technical data and a difference of about 18,000 shekels (Audi RS3 Sportback starting at 460,000 shekels).
Just to make some order: the RS3 is from the A3 family, the premium family car, which in recent years has received a 1.5-liter engine that has made it a lukewarm sporty option, so there are also S3 and Audi RS3 versions, which allow performance for fast and nervous driving enthusiasts.
RS3 has a classic and beautiful Audi Sport design, without unnecessary dramas. It has quite a bit of sports equipment, a rear and front spoiler, red calipers, a design package that includes RS symbols, RS logo projectors for the floor with the front doors open and hoops with a sporty design in a 19-inch platinum gray color.
The green color of the test car I got is conquering, and no eye will miss it. The front and aggressive grille are nice, and the crazy LED matrix headlights are exciting (they are part of an equipment package plus 20,000 shekels). The headlights have dynamic signaling, and a light signature welcomes visitors at every door opening in an impressive light show, featuring the RS-3 characters and an Audi Sport flagship. Bottom line: she looks great.
The cab and passengers are inviting and high quality. In the center of the console is a multimedia system with a 10.1-inch touch screen, with a dashboard, audio system with ten speakers, smart key, climate control split into three control areas, extended interior lighting package, electric front sports seats with lower back support, leather upholstery integrated RS icons, panoramic sunroof opens and more.
This sports car, if you will, can accommodate a family of three or four, but it is not its target audience. The interior space at the rear will suit children or passengers up to 1.60 meters tall, and the trunk will allow for limited shopping storage. If you are a fan of small sports cars, the hatchbacks are hot, and you have children – congratulations, but a car like the RS3 is intended first and foremost for a driver who wants to enjoy the fast and exciting acceleration, which is accompanied by music emanating from the engine.
Indeed, the main interest in the car is the engine: 2.5-liter volume, turbo and five-cylinder that make all the difference. From the sounds to the feeling, to the whole who cares about fuel consumption. It is a very gluttonous and powerful engine, which drives the Audi RS3 and also the Audi TT RS, and is among the most favorite engines on the grooves of the manufacturer Volkswagen and the Audi brand.
The figures are impressive for a small family car, which has already won the title of “the fastest family car in serial production.” D. The acceleration figure from 0 to 100 km / h is 3.8 seconds, 0.3 seconds faster than the outgoing model. You can also measure it yourself, using the various information and measurement options in the advanced 12.3-inch dashboard, which has a stopwatch that measures how long it has been up to 100 or 200 km / h. Very useful.
The top speed is 250 mph. The gearbox, which did a good job without ruining the engine, is a seven-speed S-tronic gearbox. , (Which currently stands at a maximum pollution rating of 15 out of 15), and for the benefit of all its fans and the brand, will invest a lot of money in updating it and keeping it relevant in its next sports vehicles.
The dual-propulsion system, Audi’s well-known quattro propulsion, has an active rear differential, which reduces understeer and allows for “controlled drifts.” The suspension, sporty RS suspensions, features advanced shock absorbers. Which is (it is called “progressive steering”), and the driving modes will engineer any need for you: track driving mode, rear-wheel drive mode and other detailed personal settings for choosing the engine sounds, suspension feel, steering, etc. I have no problem with the technological-transformational feel of something that surrounds driving in the RS.
In terms of safety, the lack of the well-known 360 camera and automatic braking system was felt when driving backwards. What it has are original advanced systems, such as front-end distance monitoring and autonomous emergency braking and a lane keeping and vehicle identification system in dead space.
Bottom line: the Audi RS3 delivers a lot of power and fast and goes up the gears well. She is stable and gurgling, fast, cooperates with every maneuver and mostly expands the smile and heart.
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