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MarkB

Big performance in a small package: the Audi RS 3 Sportback


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* Five-cylinder turbo delivering 250 kW (340 hp) and 450 Nm (331.90 lb ft) of torque
* Zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 4.6 seconds, superior pulling power
* Seven-speed S tronic, quattro drive and 19-inch wheels

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 250 kW (340 hp) of power and 450 Nm (331.90 lb-ft) of torque, with an average fuel consumption of just 9.1 liters of fuel per 100 km (25.85 US mpg).

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.

Power and sound: the 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 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 4.6 seconds – a performance figure unrivaled by the competition. Top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h (155.34 mph). Even so the compact car, weighing in at only 1,575 kilograms (3,472.28 pounds), uses on average just 9.1 liters of fuel per 100 km (25.85 US mpg) and emits 212 g CO2 per km (341.18 g/mile). 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.

Powerful five-cylinder engines have a long legacy at Audi. In the 1980s, racing cars and production cars used them to edge out the competition. Even the first Audi RS model, the 1994 RS 2, had a five-cylinder engine. The 2.5-liter unit, already part of the TT RS specifications, now redefines the state of the art, having recently been named “International Engine of the Year” by a high-ranking jury of automotive journalists.

The 2.5 TFSI delivers 250 kW (340 hp) from a displacement of 2,480 cc: a specific power output of 100.8 kW (137.1 hp) per liter. The maximum torque of 450 Nm (331.90 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.

Just 49 centimeters (19.29 inches) in length, the five-cylinder unit is ultra-compact, tipping the scales at a mere 183 kilograms (403.45 pounds). The crankcase is made of vermicular-graphite cast iron, a high-strength yet lightweight material. Audi is the first car maker to use this material in a gasoline engine. Perfectly placed reinforcements further enhance the block’s loadability. The lightweight-design concept keeps the Audi RS 3 Sportback’s weight in check and pays off big in terms of axle‑load distribution and, ultimately, handling.

The large turbocharger generates up to 1.2 bar of boost pressure. The intercooler downstream achieves an efficiency rate of over 80 percent. Like all Audi gasoline turbos, the 2.5 TFSI combines turbocharging technology with FSI direct injection. The marriage of these two technologies facilitates a high compression ratio (10.0:1) along with a correspondingly high efficiency ratio. Flaps in the intake tract mix the air as it flows in. The two camshafts, each adjustable by 42 degrees of crankshaft rotation, also enhance the efficiency of the mixture formation.

Speed and grip: the drivetrain
The compact seven-speed S tronic transmits power from the five-cylinder engine via three shafts: one drive shaft and two output shafts. Like all dual-clutch transmissions, it comprises two transmission structures. The shifting process is extremely smooth, taking place in hundredths of a second as the clutches switch, with no perceptible interruption of pulling power. Seventh gear is very tall – a measure that reduces fuel consumption.

The driver can operate the seven-gear S tronic in two automatic modes and one manual mode. Gears are shifted using the paddles on the steering wheel or the selector lever. The launch control system manages the sprint from a dead stop, furnishing explosive turbo power with minimal tire slip.

Delivering power to the road with effortless ease, the quattro permanent all-wheel drive grants the RS 3 Sportback traction, dynamics, and stability. Its central component is an electronically controlled multi-plate clutch, mounted at the end of the propeller shaft to achieve a favorable axle load distribution. Located in its interior is a plate package bathed in oil.

Thanks to quattro, the propulsive power can be distributed to each axle as needed. Whenever slip occurs at one of the axles, an electric pump intervenes at lightning speed to increase the oil pressure. The pump presses the clutch plates together in a continuous fashion, thereby permitting the torque to be redirected accordingly. Thanks to a powerful accumulator, this process takes just a few milliseconds.

Dynamics and safety: the chassis
The stiff body lays the cornerstone for the RS 3 Sportback’s precise handling; the chassis is what makes it happen. The four-link rear suspension – with a track measuring 1,528 millimeters (60.16 inches) – is anchored to a subframe and features high-strength-steel control arms that allow it to handle longitudinal and lateral forces separately.

Widened to a 1,564-millimeter (61.57-inch) track, the front suspension is a McPherson strut construction, also with a separate subframe. Key components of the construction are made of aluminum. Thanks to its electromechanical drive, the rack-and-pinion steering is highly efficient, with a sporty-direct gear ratio of 16.2:1.

Coil springs and redesigned shock absorbers provide the vertical support. The sports suspension lowers the body of the RS 3 Sportback by 25 millimeters (0.98 inch) compared with the A3. The new range-topping model in the A3 series boasts 19-inch cast aluminum wheels fitted with 235/35 series tires at the front and 225/35 at the rear. The wheels come standard with machine-polished titanium-look styling, but are optionally available in black with a red rim flange.

The internally ventilated disks measure 370 millimeters (14.57 inches) in diameter at the front and 310 millimeters (12.20 inches) at the rear. The front friction rings are perforated for maximum heat dissipation. They are connected by hollow pins to the aluminum brake disk covers, which are encircled by four-piston fixed calipers painted a high-gloss black and bearing RS logos. The electronic stabilization program (ESP) features a Sport mode and can be switched off entirely.

Precisely guided by its responsive steering, the RS 3 Sportback eagerly takes to curves and exits them with agility, stability, and serenity. The stability limit is extremely high, an effortless mastery that rounds off the character of this powerful compact car.

Interior and exterior: dynamic styling
The new top-of-the-line model in the A3 series hints at its explosive potential from the very first glimpse. Together with 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.

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.

The RS 3 Sportback comes with an array of standard equipment including the Sport button, rear parking system, climate control, chorus radio system, and xenon plus headlights with LED daytime running lights. Audi offers customers a range of optional features: front bucket seats, roof rails in matt aluminum look, and styling packages in black or matt aluminum. Five exterior colors are available, plus an unlimited selection of custom paint finishes.

The new top-of-the-line model in the A3 series is already the fourth Audi model to be built at Audi Hungaria in Győr, where it is rolling off the assembly line alongside the TT Coupé, the TT Roadster and the A3 Cabriolet.

Deliveries of the RS 3 Sportback will begin in early 2011. The base price in Germany will be 49,900 euros.

dest

Nice spec, but it looks like a normal A3
R5OTV

Is this a haldex quattro?
Sims

A tad expensive (subject  to what's included as standard) but yes I can see it will put more life into the RS brand than the RS5.

The 1M/RS3 battle will be good.
rs4al

No Manual box.............Idiots !
MarkB

Anyone what more pictures?
g60dan

For F*ck's sake Audi,put a manual box in it and blow the arch's out a bit!!!!!!! 6 month's after their on uk road's there will be a 2.0 tdi RS3 'REPLICA' advertised on pistonheads in the west midland's,contact Ali Masood on a moody pay as you go number!!!!
doodlebug

Further info over on rs6.com.

It would appear that there is no room at the inn for dual oval pipes or a manual box.

http://www.rs6.com/showthread.php/21814 ... post201730

Still, nice replacement for an R32.....
MarkB

UK info ...

FIVE-CYLINDER FIREPOWER FOR NEW AUDI RS 3 SPORTBACK

2.5-litre TFSI engine instils historic quattro character and modern day RS pace in new Audi compact hatch flagship

·       First ever compact class Audi RS model opens for UK ordering in December priced at £39,900 OTR – first deliveries are expected to begin in April 2011

·       Turbocharged five-cylinder TFSI engine linked to standard seven-speed S tronic twin-clutch transmission delivers 340PS and 450Nm of torque

·       0-62mph in 4.6 seconds, governed 155mph top speed, 31mpg capability, 212g/km CO2 output

·       quattro drive, 19-inch alloy wheels, flared lightweight carbon fibre-reinforced plastic wings, widened track, sport button controlling throttle response and exhaust note

The revered RS badge is about to adorn a compact class Audi for the first time as the new RS 3 Sportback waits in the wings with suitably spectacular performance and an evocative five-cylinder soundtrack for a spring 2011 UK debut. The formidable yet usefully practical newcomer will be available to order in the UK from next month priced at £39,900 OTR.

Audi high performance engineering division quattro GmbH takes the five-door Sportback version of the A3 as the foundation for the latest RS model, and in deference to the classic quattros of the Eighties endows it with a turbocharged five-cylinder petrol engine that employs 21st Century TFSI turbo charging and direct injection technology.

First seen in the TT RS, this all-new unit fills the cabin with a rich, bass-heavy five-cylinder tone as it channels 340PS and 450Nm of torque to the road through a standard seven-speed S tronic twin-clutch transmission and quattro all-wheel-drive. A sound flap in the exhaust branch intensifies the sound even further when the driver presses the Sport button, which also varies throttle response.

Maximum torque is readily available at the low end of the rev range, from around 1,600 rpm, and remains constant up to 5,300 revolutions, making for excellent flexibility and response.

The large turbocharger generates up to 1.2 bar of boost pressure, and downstream of it is an intercooler which achieves an efficiency rate of more than 80 per cent. The combination of the latest forced induction technology with FSI direct injection facilitates a high compression ratio (10.0:1) along with a correspondingly high efficiency ratio. Flaps in the intake tract mix the air as it flows in. The two camshafts, each adjustable by 42 degrees of crankshaft rotation, also enhance the efficiency of the mixture formation.

As befits an RS model the impressive output of this engine is reflected in an exceptional 0-62mph sprint time of just 4.6 seconds and an electronically governed 155mph top speed. Yet less predictably, this rapidity doesn’t rule out the potential for up to 31mpg according to the combined cycle test.

Carbon fibre aids weight reduction

The efficiency of the RS 3 Sportback is due in large part to a delivery‑on‑demand oil pump and a regenerative system that recovers energy as the car decelerates, but is also facilitated by weight-saving measures including the use of strong but light vermicular graphite for the engine block and carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) for the front wings. These help to keep the kerb weight of the new RS 3 down to 1,575kg, to keep CO2 output down to 212g/km and, equally importantly, to elevate the power-to-weight ratio to an impressive 216PS per tonne.

The extreme performance is gainfully employed by a chassis that lowers the RS 3 Sportback by 25mm compared with the standard A3, and comprises McPherson struts upfront and a four-link rear set-up. Balance and composure are boosted by a widened, 1,564 millimetre track, and grip by 19-inch alloy wheels shod with 235/35 series tyres at the front and 225/35 at the rear. The standard wheel finish is a machine-polished titanium look, but a black finish with red rim inserts is also available as an option.

Highly efficient electromechanical rack-and-pinion steering provides a suitably direct gear ratio of 16.2:1 for keen turn-in, while internally ventilated disc brakes measuring 370 millimetres in diameter at the front and 310 millimetres at the rear modulate speed powerfully and progressively. Their aluminium covers are encircled by four-piston fixed calipers painted a high-gloss black and bearing RS logos. To support them, the electronic stability programme (ESP) features a Sport mode that activates later intervention of the braking and acceleration retardation functions to enable greater adjustability without compromising safety. It can be switched off entirely for circuit use.

The quattro permanent all-wheel drive system oversees proceedings, granting the RS 3 Sportback an extra measure of traction, composure and stability. Its central component is an electronically controlled multi-plate clutch, mounted at the end of the propeller shaft to achieve a favourable axle load distribution. Located in its interior is a plate package bathed in oil.

Thanks to quattro, the propulsive power can be distributed to each axle as needed. Whenever slip occurs at one of the axles, an electric pump intervenes at lightning speed to increase the oil pressure. The pump presses the clutch plates together, thereby permitting the torque to be redirected accordingly. Thanks to a powerful accumulator, this process takes just a few milliseconds.

Audi RS hallmarks

The latent performance potential of the new RS 3 is conveyed subtly but unequivocally at the front end by a deeper front apron that incorporates enlarged air intakes, an anthracite coloured single-frame grille with diamond-patterned styling and xenon plus headlamps.

The side view is dominated by the flared, lightweight front wings covering 19-inch alloy wheels, prominent sill panels, mirror casings in matt aluminium look and a large roof spoiler. A high-gloss black diffuser insert and two elliptical exhaust tailpipes on the left accentuate the styling at the rear.

Inside, sports seats are upholstered in Fine Nappa leather with silver contrasting stitching, and inlays are finished in Piano black or the new Aluminium Race look. A flat-bottomed RS steering wheel and an exclusive design for the instruments and S tronic selector lever also highlight this car’s status, as does a specially configured Driver’s Information System which displays boost pressure and oil temperature and doubles as a lap timer.

The array of standard equipment also includes the Sport button, acoustic rear parking sensors, electronic climate control, DVD-based satellite navigation with MMI (Multi Media Interface) functionality and xenon plus headlights with LED daytime running lights. Optional features include front bucket seats, roof rails in matt aluminium look and styling packages in black or matt aluminium. Five exterior colours are available, plus an unlimited selection of custom paint finishes.

RS to the power of three – The perennially popular Audi A3 range now has an RS flagship model for the first time in its history. The formidable yet usefully versatile 340PS RS 3 Sportback will be available to order in the UK from next month priced at £39,900 OTR, and is expected to reach its first customers next April.
AliGod78

4.6 seconds. Sounds nice and light?
aka_dk

with a remap and launch control ... This will embarass many £60k+ cars
speedfr38ky

g60dan wrote:
For F*ck's sake Audi,put a manual box in it and blow the arch's out a bit!!!!!!!


totally agree. looks too understated IMO. should look way more agressive than this, as should have the RS5. Someone in the design office needs firing....what ever happened to the boxed arches? Audi should have trademarked them, and whacked them on this. who do audi think theyre appealing to these days with no manual box ?? ok on an RS6 fair enough, but on a smaller car like this it should have a manual transmission offered.
MarkB


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rs4al

IMHO it's a cheap RS imitation (not even built in Ingolstadt), such a shame was a car I was looking forward to.

No flared arches (although in the flesh might look better), no carbon trim interior (that is a standard RS option), no twin oval exhaust's, S-tronic only WTF is that all about.

The only thing that might make up for this if is suzuka grey is one of the standard colours but I bet not.
iR8V10

Meh....
AliGod78

Here's what TopGear think of it:

http://www.topgear.com/uk/car-news/auydi-rs3-revealed-2010-11-22
iR8V10

Hmm?  Colour match wheel option going to catch on?

dest

No 3 door option either....
iR8V10

dest wrote:
No 3 door option either....


Too much competition for the TT-RS
aka_dk

i dont understand the negative reaction

it HAS got flared arches (ok only front)
it has got dual oval exhausts (ok theyr on one side, but so's the B5)

The S-Tronic is an absolute gem of a box ... have those criticising it driven an S=tronic?

I've got an S3 S-tronic and the potential this RS offers over it will make it great

400PS+ easy, and in sport back form its a mini avant

Daytona grey, black optics ...

DONE
aka_dk

RS6_Dave wrote:
dest wrote:
No 3 door option either....


Too much competition for the TT-RS


no, Golf R
doodlebug

Spec a Golf R and it too comes to £40k, which I find barking.  I thought £30k was a lot for a Golf when I bought an R32.
aka_dk

look at that front arch

aka_dk

MEAN

DavidT

I think it's bloody lovely and exactly what Audi should be making. Who would be a car manufacturer eh?
iR8V10

RS03 AUO on DVLA for £250?
aka_dk

sdont get me started Dave ... still got RS05 DAD ... what a waste of money that was !
xyber

I'm still on the fence, it needs to be amazing to make me forget about bits I don't like
pjbRs

I like it, even in red.  loads of tunning potential too, plus the 5pot noise and flames.
TinTin1201

Looks like an S3 .............. at least the B5- S4/Rs4 look different from each other -Grill,Arches etc.....
Audi fu*ked on this one,if your gonna go for it,style wise,then REALLY go for it.

Flared Arches would have looked the dogs!

 
Nige

It has got flared arches! Maybe not as extreme as ppl may have liked/wanted?

As for a manual g/box - no thank you, S-tronic/DSG is the way forward.

No twin exhausts = not exactly a deal breaker, is it??

Is there nay idea of a base price??
MarkB

Nige wrote:
Is there nay idea of a base price??


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The formidable yet usefully versatile 340PS RS 3 Sportback will be available to order in the UK from next month priced at £39,900 OTR
MarkB

I think this is a car I might buy in the future.

5 doors, DSG, 5pot Turbo ... Mmmm

I do think it a little strange having bigger tyres on the front though!
iR8V10

I'd flare the rear arches and even them up Mark!  Would look better too!
StumpyRS4

RS6_Dave wrote:
I'd flare the rear arches and even them up Mark!  Would look better too!


x 2

quattrokid

pjbs wrote:
I like it, even in red.  loads of tunning potential too, plus the 5pot noise and flames.


someone say 5 pot and flames            
lynchy

MarkB wrote:
I think this is a car I might buy in the future.

5 doors, DSG, 5pot Turbo ... Mmmm

I do think it a little strange having bigger tyres on the front though!
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Alps

Hideous looking. The front bumpers grilles very SEAT CUPRA R style!

But sounds like it has a great engine.
pete-p

olivarley wrote:
Is this a haldex quattro?


I believe it will be.  Although, is Haldex permanent 4wd?

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Delivering power to the road with effortless ease, the quattro permanent all-wheel drive grants the RS 3 Sportback traction, dynamics, and stability. Its central component is an electronically controlled multi-plate clutch, mounted at the end of the propeller shaft to achieve a favorable axle load distribution. Located in its interior is a plate package bathed in oil.
scoobydood

I like the spec........ and the 5cyl has plenty power potential - but it looks limp in the videos I have seen.
quattrokid

it will out drag an M3 to 62 mph

it neeeds a bit more steroids I recon.

there was an S3 in Ayr Audi showroom this morning so payedcloser attention to it imagining it was an RS3... doesnt really floatmy boat on the body dept.

NEEDS MORE PRONOUNCED BULGING ARCHES    

Engine will be a peachthough once the tuners get hold of it
GardinerG

I have to say that I like it, it's 300kg lighter than the C5 RS6, and fairly practical.  

I will wait to see what MRC do with it... mmmm
RS666

I may have made negative comments about this car, but have to say its growing on me! Its defo got some potential.
Plus points for me are the engine and gearbox, and think the bodywork will suite a different colour, Suzuka grey? black? B7 rs4 blue?  
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