2018 Audi RS3 in McKinney, TX

 

2018 Audi RS3 - Exclusive Sport That Outpaces the Imitators

Even though Audi Sport models are being offered on our shores in greater numbers than ever, their inspired blend of blistering performance and precise, emotional handling hasn't robbed them of their exclusivity. In this exciting niche dwells the 2018 Audi RS3, a model tasked with shaping be perceptions of what an RS-badged model can do, while also being an evocative and unique prospect in its own right. But it's not the 400 horsepower or turbocharged five-cylinder that will attract our Plano, Frisco, and Allen drivers, but the impossible-to-duplicate, rally-inspired experience found behind the wheel.

2018 RS3 - Exterior & Interior Design

Those familiar with the A3 will find the RS3's shape and stature familiar, at least at first blush. However, any comparisons to this car's sibling will fade as Audi Sport's signature touch comes into focus. A honey comb style, RS Singleframe grille with the RS3 badge, more dynamic treatments to fender and body panel design, and RS-design oval exhaust outlets with a sporting rear lip spoiler may present as menial details to some, but to the discerning eye, they do more than differentiate. They promise thrills at every turn.

The motorsport-inspired cockpit of the RS3 does more than continue that theme. Designed to be oriented around the driver, it makes good on Audi Sport's word that this car delivers by putting all the tools to enjoy it within easy reach. This includes Drive Select and climate control dials, but also the available Virtual Cockpit with RS-specific "Sport" mode (in addition to Classic and Infotainment) that puts your speedometer front and center. Illuminated "RS3" door and carbon-fiber door and dash inlays, RS-embossed leather front seats, and other details evoke a sense of comfort-all with the reminder that play time is a button's push away.

2018 RS3 -- Performance

2.5-liter turbocharged TSFI five-cylinder engine.
  • 400 horsepower and 354 lb-ft of torque (1,700 - 5,850 RPM).
  • 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds. Top speed 155 mph - 174 mph (optional).
  • Seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission with quattro all-wheel drive.

The 2018 RS3's power numbers are exciting on paper, but experiencing them in action is impossible to duplicate. Igniting its five cylinders in a 1-2-4-5-3 firing order, the resulting crackles and burbles from the exhaust beneath the commanding snarls from under the hood provide the perfect sound track for the 3.9-second sprint, and all points in between. But the standard quattro all-wheel drive does more than grip the road like a vice. Its lack of set torque distribution between axles enables the RS-tuned system to send as much power to the rear axle as possible. Stopping is handled by eight-piston calipers with 370 mm discs, with available upgrades to them, as well as suspension, steering, and chassis components.

2018 RS3 - Features

For all of its performance hardware, the RS3 eagerly encapsulates Audi's technological pedigree, too. The available Virtual Cockpit and 4G LTE Wi-Fi through Audi Connect is just one example. Standard MMI Plus-an upgraded form of the brand's infotainment system-the side assist safety suite, and smart phone interface promise to keep you connected and secure at every turn. A Bang & Olufsen audio system is available, as well as numerous packages and stand-alone options to add everything from direct TMPS and fixed suspension, to unique design elements and more safety tech.

The 2018 RS3 represents an athletic and exclusive means to enjoy everything the road and your performance ambitions have to offer. If you have any questions, or want to learn more about this impossible-to-imitate sedan, reach out to the sales team at our Audi dealership in McKinney, TX and we'll set you up for a test drive.

 

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