2017 NYIAS: Audi RS3 Sedan to take on BMW M2

Auto Shows, News | April 13th, 2017 by 16
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Up until now, the Audi RS3 has always been forbidden fruit for American enthusiasts. However, at the 2017 New York Auto Show, Audi is finally …

Up until now, the Audi RS3 has always been forbidden fruit for American enthusiasts. However, at the 2017 New York Auto Show, Audi is finally giving Audi enthusiasts the fruit they’ve so desired. The 2018 Audi RS3 Sedan has finally made its way across the Atlantic. Admittedly, it’s not the RS3 Sportback that we’ve been wanting but the RS3 Sedan will suffice, of course.

This specific car shown here in NY is wearing Ara Blue paint, which looked quite fantastic under the bright lights of the auto show. While the standard Audi A3 is about as bland a sedan as you can get, the RS3 Sedan has just the right amount of anger and aggression to make it exciting. The front air intakes, with “Quattro” written in the grille, rear diffuser and massive exhaust tips make the RS3 Sedan look like something special. Side note on those exhausts, they’re large enough for me to put my fist in with room.

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On the inside, you get a similar car to the Audi TT RS, which is a good thing. It’s filled with rich alcantara, leather and aluminum. The seats are diamond-stitched and look great while also being supportive and comfortable. It of course also comes with Audi’s brilliant Virtual Cockpit as-standard.

Under the hood, the all-new 2.5 liter turbocharged I5 engine makes 400 hp and is paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch “S-Tronic” gearbox and powers all four wheels. While the Quattro (really Haldex) all-wheel drive setup does drive the front wheels under most normal circumstances, it’s actually capable of sending all of the power to the rear wheels for a short period of time when necessary. So while we never got any of the previous RS3s here in the ‘States, this new Audi RS3 Sedan seems to be the best one yet.

While most BMW enthusiasts will sneer at the idea of an RS3 competing with the BMW M2, as it’s all-wheel drive rather than rear-wheel drive, the RS3 is faster, more practical and easier to use in poor weather conditions. So there is real case to cross-shop the two cars and many enthusiasts would choose the Audi RS3 Sedan over the BMW M2 because it’s still a riot to drive but a sacrifices some dynamics for pragmatism.

[Source: QuattroDaily]

16 responses to “2017 NYIAS: Audi RS3 Sedan to take on BMW M2”

  1. Bjørnar Høstmark says:

    They all make god cars, sadly a matter of taste. If you look back at the last 40 years BMW produced better, more fun an faster cars. The new situation where Merc and Audis beat BMW in various tests; it is sad; i have followed BMW fore a loong time..

  2. Remy says:

    It is a real joy to finally see this model on our lands and soon on forum https://www.forumbmw.net/

  3. Ryan B says:

    Virtual cockpit is not standard. It’s $3900.

  4. Senne says:

    What a joke. This overpriced, fast (0-60) VW could never compete with the king BMW M2!! RWD always beats AWD (and even worse: it’s FWD most of the time!!), especially in this class. AWD is only a plus on 600 HP+ monsters like M5/ E63 AMG and supercars. That’s not to even mention how boring this VW looks. lol

    • Dredd says:

      the bimmer fan guy speaks. well, i have to accept that outdated design of the new audis partially (but not to mention that some parts of the classic bmw models are also outdated).

      • Senne says:

        I know why I am a Bimmer fan, it’s because they’re so damn good car… Anyway, yes some BMW (1 Series, 2 Series Coupe/Convertible, 3 Series, 4 Series and X3/X4) interiors are a bit outdated, but like you said, they’re older models. All the newest BMW interiors are flat-out gorgeous imo (5/6/7/X5/X6/…). Way more beautiful than Audi and for my taste Mercedes’ interiors are too bling-bling and just not my thing.

        • Lel says:

          Did you wanna se how Audi RS5 destroying M3 E92? Again? Stop liar about AWD vs RWD kido. In small cars FWD is better than RWD too. RWD needs mid placed engine and rear bias weight, not shitty front placed engine with bad weight distribution.

          • Senne says:

            Wrong many times. RS5 is waaaaaay to heavy to be faster than an E92 M3. If it would be on a really wet track, then yes an RS5 will probably be faster. In any other case M3 will demolish that powerful VW. Also there are enough tests to prove that RWD wins almost every single time (e.g. RS3 vs Focus RS vs BMW M2 – M2 wins), even new FWD cars aren’t much faster than old RWD cars (e.g. Honda Civic R vs E36 BMW M3).

          • Senne says:

            Oh, and all BMWs have (near) perfect 50/50 weight distribution.

        • Dredd says:

          Iam fanatic as well, but fan of every good/nice sport car. no matter which brand it is. otherwisei like the new f80 m3 as well and this rs3 too, but its all subjective (as the drivetrain style,awd to me rwd just for kids imo). My personal fav from bimmers is the m6 gc,which looks a little bit fresher then the classic models (too sad its big and heavy,), so iam curios how the m2 gc will looks like. regarding the interiors….so, just the tesla model s, others are outdated or cheap. Regarding the suv-s? i dont like dem :s moreover, i hate dem.

  5. Paul P says:

    I have a 380hp 2015 S3. It’s a very fast car and pretty sharp looking, but I’m really considering buying a new m2. As fast as the audi is, it’s a boring car to drive… I feel the RS3 will be the same thing, of course with a better exhaust note…

    • Senne says:

      Exactly. They’re fast cars for sure, probably handle not too bad (ignoring the understeer), but BORING in comparison to a RWD BMW Coupe! Go get that M2, you won’t miss your VW (sorry… Audi) for one second. :)

      • Lel says:

        So, if car is very fast on corners but without slipping, this type of car for you is boring? hahaha:D

        • Senne says:

          That’s exactly how it is. That so-called “slipping” is one of the most fun things you can do with a car and BMWs tend to do that really well (as well as being very fast in corners, if you want to!).

      • Paul P says:

        The handling is ok, but nothing spectacular. I did do a 0-60 launch in 3.53 seconds the other day with my snow tires still on (the temperature was 51′)! The S3 is a very fast car, but again boring. I’m waiting for the 2018 M2….

        • Senne says:

          Yeah, that’s what I’m saying. I can imagine they drive OK, but they aren’t even close to as fun as comparable BMW’s and probably even Mercs since they are mostly RWD as well.

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