Behind the Impressive Engineering Wizardry of the 2018 Audi RS3

In late 2010, Europe got the RS3. A hot-hatch powered by a turbocharged inline-five, it was the kind of performance car many enthusiasts had always dreamed of. But Rennsport wasn’t feeling generous back then. But when the 2018 Audi RS3 debuted in Geneva, we got word that it was America-bound for the first time. Not only that, it would offer performance that put it in a class all it’s own.

For the sake of perspective, the impressive S3 already makes 292 horsepower, and the outgoing RS3 made 340. For 2018, we get it as a four-door sedan with 400 horsepower, 354 lb-ft of torque, and weight savings in all the right places. Like many recent Audi models, the RS3 has lost weight—57 pounds from over the front axles. Thanks to this, the car handles with more confidence, no understeer, but still offers the ability to swing out its back end when wanted. When it comes to those straight shots to sixty, the easy-to-use launch control enables a sprint of just 3.9 seconds.

But within the RS3 is plenty of nuances that can only be experienced from behind the wheel. To get that experience, contact us at our Audi dealership in Albuquerque, NM. We can also explore availability and ordering information, if you so choose.

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