source: Audi of America
HERNDON, VA – The all-new 2018 RS 3 has been named a 2018 Car and Driver 10Best Car of the Year recipient at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
Car and Driver praised the RS 3 for its driving experience and stout, powerful body design.
“The ride is the only aspect of the RS 3 that is forgiving. The car’s structure is unyielding,” noted Car and Drive editors. “The body is so stout, if you hit a pothole, you feel bad for the pothole. If the RS3 were a professional boxer, it’d be nicknamed the Ingot from Ingolstadt.”
The all-new RS 3 Sedan features an all-aluminum 2.5-liter TFSI® turbocharged five-cylinder engine paired with a seven-speed S tronic® dual clutch transmission. Producing 354 lb-ft of torque, the distinct five-cylinder engine sound can be controlled by opening the flaps of the standard RS exhaust system. The RS 3 can sprint from 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds and can achieve a top track speed of 155 mph, which increases to a top track speed of 174 mph with the optional Dynamic plus package.
The RS 3 has more aggressive and sport focused design elements than its A3 family counterparts. The signature Audi Singleframe® grille with three-dimensional honeycomb design and quattro® script brings its sport stature to the forefont, while the twin oval RS exhaust pipes and a rear diffuser in aluminum-matte finish with vertical struts allude to motorsport-tuned performance.
The interior design includes strong attention to detail with driver-oriented, easy-to-operate controls and functions. To better support the driver, the S sport seats feature sharply contoured side bolsters while the standard acoustic windshield helps to reduce interior cabin noise. Standard RS-embossed S sport front seats in fine Nappa leather with contrast diamond stitching and four-way power lumbar adjustment ensure sporty driver comfort and style.
The all-new RS 3, while offering outstanding performance, also integrates benchmark technologies from the A3 model line including the available Audi virtual cockpit, Available Audi connect® features (supported by 4G LTE where available), MMI® touch® with handwriting-recognition technology and standard Audi smartphone interface, which provides Apple CarPlay™ and Google™ Android Auto integration for compatible mobile devices.
To be eligible for Car and Driver’s 10Best Cars, vehicles must be new or significantly updated with a base price less than $80,000. Vehicles must also offer good value, excel at its given mission and deliver an overall enjoyable driving experience
For more information on the 2018 RS 3, please visit www.audiusa.com.
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If you’d like to own one of Car & Driver’s ’10 Best’ AND choose your very own Audi exclusive color paint, check out the 2017 Audi Club North America RS 3 sedan raffle HERE. The winner of this car will be chosen later this month.
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