2018 Audi RS 3

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176.3” x 55”


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2018 Audi RS 3 review: Our expert's take

Another Audi RS model is coming stateside, but it's not the six-figure RS 7 or the TT sports car. Instead, the German automaker plans to bring a high-performance version of its compact A3/S3 sedan to the U.S. over the next few months. It's the 400-horsepower RS 3, a car that will go on sale for the 2018 model year this summer, with a small number of 2017s available before that.


The 2017 RS 3 starts at $55,450 for the 2017 model — a mere $11,600 more than the 2017 S3 — but it may be hard to find any cars at that price, as Audi says it will offer only "a limited number" of 2017 RS 3s with a bevy of optional equipment. The 2018 RS 3, meanwhile, hits dealers this summer with a starting price of $55,875.

The RS 3’s six-sided grille has a honeycomb pattern instead of the S3’s slatted design, but the easiest way to tell the RS 3 apart is below it, where the RS’ bumper openings have gloss-black framework instead of the body-colored details on the A3 and S3. The visual effect makes for a continuous, thin opening on the RS 3 that spans the nose and fans out into taller portals below the headlights — interesting in the details, but more mild than wild. In back, the RS 3 ditches the S3’s quad tailpipes for dual pipes, but they’re beefy like the RS 7’s. The RS 3’s silver wheels measure 19 inches and wear high-performance summer tires.
The RS 3 has standard sport seats — they’re optional on the S3 — with elaborate, quilt-stitched sections that fan out at the shoulders. Other areas have aluminum or carbon-fiber inlays. RS badging adorns the seats, door sills and flat-bottom steering wheel. Nappa leather upholstery, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, with Audi’s Virtual Cockpit 12.3-inch digital instrument panel and Bang & Olufsen audio optional. The gauges can show specific horsepower and torque output, as well as a G-meter.
Under the Hood
A performance sleeper, the RS 3 is not. The sedan boasts a turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder with port and direct injection that’s good for 400 hp and 354 pounds-feet of torque, up 108 hp and 74 pounds-feet versus the S3’s turbo four-cylinder. The engine drives all four wheels through a seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission with a launch control program for maximum acceleration. Indeed, Audi says the RS 3 can hit 60 mph in a scant 3.9 seconds — considerably less than the S3’s already-quick 4.7 seconds. It’s also a couple of ticks ahead of manufacturer-estimated times for the RS 3’s most direct competitor: the Mercedes-AMG CLA45.
The RS 3’s all-wheel drive has no default bias, but Audi says it’s programmed to send as much power to the rear wheels as possible. Various driver-selectable modes can alter steering and drivetrain settings as well as stiffness for the optional adaptive shock absorbers. The electronic stability system has a sport mode with reduced intervention, and high-performance, carbon-ceramic disc brakes for the front wheels are optional.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.4
  • Interior 5.0
  • Performance 5.0
  • Value 4.9
  • Exterior 5.0
  • Reliability 4.8

Most recent consumer reviews


Best Car I have ever owned

This thing is a rocket ship, super comfortable and incredibly fast. I highly recommend it. The 2.5 5 Cylinder is such a unique sound, better than any V6 on the market.


Simply amazing

I cannot believe how nice this car is. The value for performace capabilities and overall power potential makes this one of the best cars an enthusiast can buy. This and the BMW M2 Competition. This has four doors though. Couple things I think could have been better inside this car. The pop up din is a bit dated. Could have been better. Also no button to control garage door is quite annoying. But the rest of the car more than makes up for it.


May be the most fun you can have in a car!

I saw an RS3 on the lot and said to the sales guy, "That looks like a boy racer car." He said, "It is." I said "I'l take the red one!" It hasn't disappointed. The only thing I would like is power seats.

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Based on the 2018 Audi RS 3 base trim.
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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Audi
New car program benefits
48 months/50,000 miles
144 months/unlimited distance
48 months/50,000 miles
12 months/10,000 miles
Roadside assistance
48 months/unlimited distance
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 model years or newer/less than 60,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
1 year or 20,000 miles (whichever occurs first)
Dealer certification required
125-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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