I was slightly amused to watch a recent Jason Cammisa video, where a new RS3 soundly walked an S3; making the argument for its existence if nothing else did. Of course, I found it really funny that a 200 thrashed both of them easily! Nevertheless, the song of the RS3 was as impressive as its performance. That’s thanks to 401 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque from its turbocharged 2.5-liter inline-5 mounted sideways up front. It’ll demolish the 60 run in 3.3 seconds, and can do a sub-12-second 1/4 mile on street tires. It even turns well thanks to crazy computer controls and its weird reverse-staggered tire setup (265/30 up front, 245/35 out back). The major downside? Well, it’s expensive. In fact, one of the few “free” (no cost) options is strangely today’s wild shade of Kyalami Green. Let’s take a look:
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Engine: 2.5 liter turbocharged inline-5
Transmission: 7-speed S-Tronic automatic
Mileage: 41 mi
Location: Miami, Florida
Price: $88,000 Buy It Now
2023 Audi RS 3 Sedan
Ingolstadt’s Furious Super Saloon in Iconic RS Livery – Handsomely Appointed in Unmolested Factory Delivery Condition.
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So this one was ordered in standard colors, wild though the exterior may be, at no extra cost – meaning it should be a ~$60,000 car. Still not cheap, but this isn’t the year 2000 anymore. But there were optional extras added in; the $2,750 RS Technology Package (with MMI, B&O sound, and a head-up display), the $2,750 Carbon Package (guess!), the $1k sport exhaust system, and the $750 Black Optics package. Still, by my math (and Audi’s…) that’s only around 8k in options with the other two minor add-ins, meaning this dealer is asking about $20k over MSRP. Nearly 90k for a Golf-based car? Wow. It’s a neat car, but it’s not that neat.
Back in 2018 I was between a new RS3 or a new S4. It would be the 7th Audi I’d bought.. They were pretty much the same exact price. Ultimately I felt the design in every single term – interior, exterior, wheels, materials… went to the S4 and that’s what I bought. I love the 5-Cylinder part of the RS3 and that would have been neat to have along side my 1985 URQ. But that was about it. The rest of this I agree with your overall sentiment … neat .. but not something I wanted. And looking at the new interior here… something I still don’t want. Each new model year it seems I am pushed farther away from Audi. I don’t know what they are doing over there in Ingolstadt but I already know our 2021 SQ5 will be replaced with a Macan S. Someday I will probably wish I had bought an RS3… maybe.
nice car..when I was considering my 997.2, I also thought about a TT/RS…but the complexity of the turbos and AWD steered me away…I sort of feel the same way about the RS3..great car…at $60K…at 88K, too close to Porsche territory…certainly a Cayman GTS would be fairly close..and a lightly used GT4…. and those have simpler mechanicals.
No hatch, no care.