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    • The 2018 Audi 8V RS3 sedan punches well above its weight - 0-60 in 3.5, 11.9@117 1/4 mile, 3547 pound curb weight

      If you are looking for mid-level sport sedan this one should probably be right at the top of your list. The 2017 Audi RS3 offers a lot of performance and technology for the asking price of $55,450.


      You get a turbocharged 2.5 TFSI I5 with 400 horsepower with dual fuel injection and a ton of tuning potential. You get all wheel drive. You get a dual clutch transmission.

      You also get it all in a fairly light package of 3547 pounds. Sure, that is over 250 pounds more than the TT-RS but this is a four-door we are talking about. This is roughly F80 M3 weight with all wheel drive. Name a lighter four-door all wheel drive turbo sedan with a dual clutch transmission.

      Even the Mercedes-AMG CLA45 is heavier. It is roughly the same money once options are factored in as well. It does not have the same performance figures though.

      The RS3 sedan hits 60 in 3.5 seconds and gets through the 1/4 mile in 11.9 seconds at 117 miles per hour. That is roughly 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera level acceleration. The TT-RS does better as it carries less weight so add on two miles per hour for the TT-RS and subtract 2/10's from the elapsed time.

      Tuners already have the TT-RS in the 10's tune only. The RS3 will likely come up a bit short but more aggressive tunes on higher octane should get it there also.

      What is there not to like here?


      VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

      PRICE AS TESTED: $66,775 (base price: $55,450)

      ENGINE TYPE: turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 20-valve inline-5, aluminum block and head, port and direct fuel injection

      DISPLACEMENT: 151 cu in, 2480 cc
      POWER: 400 hp @ 7000 rpm
      TORQUE: 354 lb-ft @ 1700 rpm

      TRANSMISSION: 7-speed dual-clutch automatic with manual shifting mode

      DIMENSIONS:
      WHEELBASE: 103.6 in
      LENGTH: 176.3 in
      WIDTH: 70.9 in HEIGHT: 55.0 in
      PASSENGER VOLUME: 87 cu ft
      TRUNK VOLUME: 10 cu ft
      CURB WEIGHT: 3547 lb

      C/D TEST RESULTS:
      Zero to 60 mph: 3.5 sec
      Zero to 100 mph: 8.7 sec
      Zero to 130 mph: 15.4 sec
      Zero to 150 mph: 22.8 sec
      Rolling start, 5-60 mph: 4.3 sec
      Top gear, 30-50 mph: 2.8 sec
      Top gear, 50-70 mph: 3.2 sec
      Standing ¼-mile: 11.9 sec @ 117 mph
      Top speed (governor limited, mfr's claim): 174 mph
      Braking, 70-0 mph: 157 ft
      Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.98 g

      C/D FUEL ECONOMY:
      Observed: 19 mpg
      75-mph highway driving: 30 mpg
      Highway range: 430 miles

      EPA FUEL ECONOMY:
      Combined/city/highway: 22/19/28 mpg

      This article was originally published in forum thread: The 2018 Audi 8V RS3 sedan punches well above its weight - 0-60 in 3.5, 11.9@117 1/4 mile, 3547 pound curb weight started by Sticky View original post
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        0-60Motorsports -
        Drove one recently on a test drive. Love it.