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New Audi RS3 laps Nürburgring in 7:40.74

Not lengthy after its reveal, Audi’s subsequent era RS3 has confirmed its price on the Nürburgring with a record-breaking lap. First examples are anticipated to hit UK roads by the top of 2021, with the entry-level automotive costing from £50,900, a couple of hundred kilos beneath its arch rival, the Mercedes-AMG A45 S.

Audi revealed in June that improvement driver Frank Stippler achieved a 7:40.748 Nürburgring lap time, making the brand new RS3 the quickest compact automotive across the 12.94-mile circuit – this time places it 4.64sec forward of Renault’s hardcore Megane RS Trophy-R. To finish the lap, Audi altered solely the tyre pressures of the RS3’s elective Trofeo R tyres, leaving all the things else utterly normal.

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Th RS3 will as soon as once more be obtainable in five-door hatchback and saloon varieties, the brand new mannequin follows an analogous recipe to its predecessor, however comes with one or two important variations beneath the aggressive new pores and skin.

These modifications are within the type of some intelligent new {hardware} and an aggressive new set-up – two components which have been designed particularly to assist rid the RS3 of its status of considerably blunt, nose-heavy dealing with. This begins with the appliance of a torque-vectoring rear differential in an analogous type to that of the Mercedes-AMG A45 S, which is ready to mechanically break up energy between the 2 rear wheels in several fashions relying on the chosen driver mode. In Dynamic mode, the rear axle will apportion a delicate majority of torque to the surface rear wheel in corners, specializing in traction and grip. However when Audi’s new RS Torque Rear mode is chosen, it’ll ship 100 per cent of the obtainable torque to the surface wheel, in essence giving it a really oversteer-led steadiness.

In fact, being a front-led all-wheel-drive system, the rear axle will solely ever obtain a most of fifty p.c of the overall engine energy, so like many sizzling hatchbacks with this know-how it’ll nonetheless basically really feel all-wheel drive. Given the useful impact this tech has had in different sizzling hatchbacks although, it ought to go some approach to serving to banish the RS3’s status of getting a stodgy, nose-led dealing with bias.

Becoming a member of the brand new rear differential is a considerably uprated entrance finish, with a wider monitor, bespoke pivot bearings and stiffer decrease wishbones, subframes and stabilisers. There’s additionally an additional diploma of unfavourable camber in comparison with normal A3 fashions, and it sits 25mm decrease too. German-market automobiles will sit on passive dampers, with adaptive ones an possibility, however primarily based on earlier RS3 specs we suspect that UK automobiles will include the latter as normal. What no RS3 will embody is a Golf R-style totally variable damper operate, Audi as a substitute sticking with extra conventional presets.

Powering the brand new RS3 is the acquainted, but nonetheless good DQ500 2.5-litre turbocharged in-line 5, which at 394bhp doesn’t produce any extra energy than earlier than, however reaches it over a broader rev vary between 5600 and 7000rpm. It has had a delicate uplift in torque to 369lb ft (+15lb ft) between 2250 and 5600rpm. Each of those assist get the RS3 to 62mph in 3.8sec, a 0.3sec drop in comparison with earlier than and crucially 0.1sec in entrance of the A45 S. The seven-speed dual-clutch transmission can also be carried over and, lastly, there’s additionally a brand new and completely variable sports activities exhaust system.

Prime pace is restricted to 155mph, however could be raised to 174mph optionally with the usual forged iron brakes or 180mph when fitted with the elective ceramic discs as a part of the elective RS Dynamic bundle. Audi may even provide the RS3 with elective Pirelli Trofeo R tyres in abroad markets, however has confirmed they won’t be obtainable on UK automobiles from the manufacturing facility. 

Maybe the largest change for the brand new RS3, although, is its aesthetic which has morphed from delicate and understated in its prior generations (when specified accordingly) to one thing fairly extra brash. The nostril options the identical black masks design as seen on each Audi’s RS3 LMS racing automotive and the e-tron GT, mixing its grille and headlights right into a single darkened graphic.

As with all RS3’s, the broader entrance monitor has required bespoke entrance wings, and on this case Audi’s designers have once more referenced the e-tron GT by leaving a big slip vent at the vanguard of the entrance door, which mixed with the usual A3’s cumbersome arches makes the RS3 very broad and muscular. On the rear, typical RS oval pipe finishers stay however now sit beneath a full-width vent graphic on the rear bumper which is completely faux. The general impact is an aggressive one, and even when laid out in a darkish color to minimize the distinction of its nostril, it will not seemingly have the ability to go unnoticed like its predecessors.  

The brand new RS3 will attain the UK by the top of the 12 months beginning at £50,900, placing it a couple of hundred kilos beneath its Mercedes-AMG A45 S arch rival which prices from £51,245. Full UK specs are nonetheless being finalised, however Audi UK has confirmed that the RS Dynamic Pack, which incorporates ceramic brakes, will probably be obtainable alongside the 4 confirmed UK trim ranges made up by base RS3, Carbon, Launch Version and top-spec Vorsprung.

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