There are plenty of sporty hatchbacks and sedans in the market but not all of them have the appeal and capability of the 2018 Audi RS3. It is among the top-notch performance cars that also pack in a good amount of amenities. For next year, the RS3 comes in a sedan version, and the latter is termed as Sportback by Audi. Both models, however, will not be released in all markets.
2018 Audi RS3 – Sporty and Attractive Design
There is no denying the sheer aggression and macho styling of the 2018 Audi RS3. The sharp creases and menacing design also make onlookers stunned. The front is dominated by the honeycomb style signature Singleframe grille with Quattro logo and sleek headlamps. However, at the back side, sits twin oval exhaust pipes and wraparound tail lamps. The car gets full Led headlights and taillights. The model is laden with 19-inch titanium wheels.
The cabin of 2018 Audi RS3 exudes sleekness and elegance- in good amounts, as it is. The Nappa leather seats with contrast diamond pattern stitching look great. The ride remains comfortable thanks to 2 zone climate control in the cabin. Its cabin can accommodate 5 adults. Default cargo space, however, is only 11.1-cubic-foot.
The 2018 Audi RS3 gets a good number of modern safety features and Audi has equipped with enough amenities as well. This also included anti-lock braking setup, electronic stability control, TPMS, airbags, Anti-theft alarm.
The amenities include in the cabin include ambient lighting, sunroof, heated front seats, HD radio, Audi Smartphone interface. The MMI infotainment, as well as navigation, is controlled by a 7-inch touch display. You can opt for a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. There are quite a few packages to customize the car as well.
The Dynamic Plus Package gets you a special carbon fiber engine cover, enhanced tire-pressure monitoring system and organic LED taillights. The tech package adds Audi Virtual Cockpit, Bang & Olufsen sound system, internet radio and MMI navigation system. Furthermore, you can opt for a sports exhaust setup as well.
The 2018 Audi RS3 is powered by a beefy 2.5-liter TFSI turbocharged engine that makes an output of 400 HP. It gets the company’s proprietary Quattro all-wheel drive and S Tronic seven-speed gearbox. However, it is very powerful and reaches 60 mph from 0 in only 3.9 seconds. In select markets, the car will be sold with special magnetorheological dampers, to offer smoother ride over varying terrains. The fuel economy is decent.
Availability and Cost
The 2018 Audi RS3 is now available for sale. The starting price is 55,875. However, with customizations, it is not impossible to cross the $70,000 mark.
Summing it up
The new Audi RS3 is a stylish and Sporty car that offers great performance and a lot of amenities. The exterior styling is also aggressive and the cabin is lavished adorned. The engine is powerful enough to outshine most segment rivals, and it comes across as a good contender to challenge supremacy of Mercedes-AMG CLA45. However, it is not the car for buyers with modest budgets, and customizations make it even pricier.