Audi Gets Turbocharged
Audi is joining competitors, Mercedes-AMG and BMW, with a new sports sedan, the RS 3. With a starting price of $55,875, it is slightly more expensive than other members of its class (the Mercedes-AMG’s CLA45 is $50,425, while the BMW’s M2 is $52,695 in its coupe configuration), but it also out-powers them, with 400 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque.
But that’s not the only distinctive thing about the new Audi RS 3. Its engine–a turbocharged 2.5-liter inline-5–sounds different from any other car on the market. The ignition has a distinctive 1-2-4-5-3 ignition sequence that lends it a special rhythm, and the engine’s sound can be intensified by lifting the flaps of the sports exhaust system. Of course, the RS 3 has other luxury features that make it unique: Nappa leather-lined seats, LED lights, 19 inch wheels, a multi-function steering wheel, and 8-piston calipers at the front. While a hatchback model will only be available overseas, the Dynamite Plus package will be an option domestically. This adds a Bang & Olufsen sound system, Audi’s digital instrument cluster, and carbon ceramic brakes.
A limited-edition model, which debuted at the 2017 New York Auto Show, will be the first to roll-out and will include a carbon fiber interior trim along with the extras mentioned above. Meanwhile, Audi has also announced its 2018 Audi TT RS, a sports car model with an unexpected design. Featuring a front-wheel-drive architecture and a sideways engine situated in front of the rear axle, it is both surprisingly designed and shockingly powerful. The TT RS boasts 400 hp and 354 pound-feet of torque and will sell for $65,875.
The Audi RS 5 debuted in early March at the Geneva Auto Convention as well. Featuring a twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V-6, it will be available in Europe this summer and will arrive in the US in 2018.