Audi RS 3 Nardo edition: Turning Grey Skies Blue

source: Audi of America

  • Equipped for maximum performance, the limited edition model is capable of a top track speed of 174 mph
  • Sportiest iteration of the RS 3 comes to life with standard RS fixed sport suspension
  • Starting at $59,900, just 200 models will be available in the U.S.

 Audi of America has announced that the popular RS 3 will now be available in a special Nardo edition, now arriving at dealerships.

As the first compact Audi sedan to wear the RS badge, the RS 3 delivers unrivaled performance and a high level of everyday functionality. Building on the success of this model, RS 3 Nardo edition delivers maximum performance for true automotive enthusiasts with a passion for driving.

The special edition RS 3 can reach an electronically-limited top speed of 174 mph, 19 mph higher than the standard RS 3. The standard RS fixed sport suspension allows for increased agility and enhanced cornering capabilities on and off the track.

Classic RS 3 performance

The latest five-cylinder engine carries on the tradition of Audi Sport® performance. The RS 3 is equipped with a 2.5-liter TFSI® turbocharged engine that’s known for its unique firing order and inimitable sound, producing 394 horsepower and 354 lb-ft of torque. An even more distinct engine note will be struck through the Sport exhaust system with black tips, included as standard on the RS 3 Nardo edition.

Sleek exterior and interior design

A signature RS Singleframe® grille with “quattro” script highlights the RS 3 Nardo edition’s sporty stance, while the RS-design oval exhaust outlets and rear lip spoiler embody its motorsport-tuned performance.

The RS 3 Nardo edition features Nardo Gray exterior paint with Black Optic exterior trim, staggered 19-inch 5-arm-blade design wheels in bi-color black finish, red brake calipers, a black rear lip spoiler, exterior mirror housings in gloss black, and black Audi rings and badges.

The design selection interior embodies high performance with RS embroidered floor mats, Alcantara® knee pads with Crescendo Red stitching, Crescendo Red air vents and accent rings and seatbelts with red edges. Audi Sport® Carbon inlays can also be found throughout the interior.

Infotainment and driver assistance

Also standard for this special edition vehicle are Audi virtual cockpit, MMI® Navigation plus, and MMI® touch with handwriting-recognition technology, all designed to offer a seamless integration of more usable technology.

The Audi virtual cockpit offers a 12.3-inch display that delivers vibrant color at 60 frames per second with NVIDIA® quad core processing power. Specific to the RS 3 is a screen that displays information on tire pressure (when equipped with the Dynamic plus package), horsepower/torque and a G-meter. When in manual shift mode and when approaching the engine redline, the tachometer acts as a shift light and changes colors, prompting the driver to upshift via the steering wheel paddle or gear selector lever.

Standard Audi smartphone interface enables Apple CarPlay® and Google™ Android Auto integration, allowing you access to your compatible smartphone’s features, such as navigation, phone, music and select third-party apps.

Standard Audi side assist provides blind spot monitoring via LED indicators on the exterior mirror housings at speeds above 9 mph to help increase confidence behind the wheel.

The Audi RS 3 Nardo edition is now arriving at dealerships with an MSRP of $59,900 plus destination.

Manufacturer suggested retail pricing:

Model Starting MSRP
2020 Audi RS 3 Nardo edition $59,900


*Starting MSRP of $59,000 for a 2020 Audi RS 3 Nardo edition. Price excludes destination charge ($995), taxes, title, other options and dealer charges. Dealer sets actual price.