The Audi RS3 series is known to be available with different kinds of body type, with the hatchback version being very prominent in the European market. But that is not what are we going to be talking about, it will be all about the 2018 Audi RS3 sedan version. Why put more emphasis on the sedan version than the hatchback or convertible you ask? The answer is simple, because there is just confirmation that the new Audi RS sedan will be available on the United States market soon. Moreover, the sedan version is said to be a lot better in many ways compared to the other body types, not only in looks or style, but also in performance. If you are curious about this new sedan, do not worry, we have 2018 Audi RS3 spy shoot pictures taken from its recent road test in the United States.
Let us start the 2018 Audi RS3 review by looking at some history about this car, they do not usually put a new model of the Audi RS3 to the United States market, although this series of car has been released for years; the Audi RS3 brand first appeared in 1996 only as hatchback, and then in 2013, the first of the Audi RS3 sedan shows up. Unfortunately, they are not being well marketed in the United States, the reason that Audi gives is due to the different taste between the United States market and the European market. They feel that the United States consumers prefer sport utility vehicles for their family car, but things is going to change with the arrival of this 2018 Audi RS3.
The new Audi RS3 is ready to take over the United States market, and they are actually right about the United States preferring sport utility vehicles more than sedan, thus there are less sedan products in the market right now. This is their chance to take the top spot of the United States sedan market, and it really shown on what this new Audi RS3 sedan is capable of. If you are familiar with the RS3 family line, then you will instantly recognize the sedan version, although the body type is different, there is no doubt that it is still using the same design as the standard sportback version; they call the hatchback as sportback in Europe, and we are about to check the detail of the design.
2018 Audi RS3 Exterior
Now, the first thing that we always need to do is to make sure that the 2018 Audi RS3 exterior design also up to par to the recent modern car designs. Fortunately, this sedan is not like an Audi RS3 hatchback that has been flattened, they actually make a lot of significant changes in order to appeal more to the United States consumers. One of those significant changes is the bumper, it is way deeper compared to the hatchback version, and it is also available with more air intakes. The grille design is typically the same with the regular model and it has the company logo with silver chrome finish at the middle, the grille is the honeycomb type that bears no difference with the hatchback model.
The headlights are also different, not only in design, but also the type, it is now using a newly developed LED headlights that is different to the normal version. The body sides are also made to look very sleek with the styling; the side skirt looks to be quite different as well, as it is now looks beefier. All in all, front he front, this sedan looks very stylish but intimidating at the same time, it is probably caused by the big grille in the front and the aggressive side body styling.
The rear side is also having a lot of changes, because it is now a sedan, you will be having trunk instead of hatchback, but the difference does not stop there. The rear lights are also changed; similar to the front headlights, the slightly slanted tail lights with a new design makes it a lot more stylish. Above the rear lamps, you will also see a rear spoiler lip for the trunklid and the company logo just below it; once again with silver chrome finish.
2018 Audi RS3 Interior
They really did seem to be trying hard to appeal to the United States market with the looks, but the 2018 Audi RS3 interior design is also an important aspect that you do not want to miss. If you are familiar with the Audi S3 interior design, then you will recognize the layout of the interior cabin of this new sedan as well. Fortunately, the cabin is more aggressive, sportier and more stylish due to the compactness of the cabin. The seats and many of the cabins are covered with high quality leather, it is actually a lot more elegant than you would expect, especially from a performance focused sedan.
They also utilize the sport style steering wheel, and we forgot to mention that beside the fact that they are covered with high leather material; the seats are also those of sporty design. You will also get a display screen at the idle of the dashboard, but it is different in placement compared to the other type of current cars. One more thing that differentiates the cabin from the S3 cabin that it took as reference is the many RS logos installed all around the cabin, it looks like they want to remind you that while it looks like a S3 cabin, it is not.
2018 Audi RS3 Performance
It is pretty clear to guess why they would like to go with a more aggressive exterior body design and sportier interior cabin, it means that this little sedan is more performance oriented than the hatchback, and it really is. The 2018 Audi RS3 engine is one engine that you do not want to underestimate, it is so quick that it can reach 62 mph in just 4.2 seconds, it also has a top speed of estimated 174 mph. the powerful engine that is going to be used on the sedan version is the new 2.5L five cylinder turbo engine that both brutal and smooth.
The engine is very powerful that it can provide the sedan with approximately 400 horsepower and 355 pound feet of torque. This engine is newly developed and it is going to be made using a lighter material as it weighs 57 pounds lighter than the engine you found on the currently available Audi RS. The standard transmission system for this sedan will be the seven speed dual clutch transmission system, and there is no news regarding different type of system available as optional. And do not forget that it is also going to be using the all wheel drive as the standard as well.
2018 Audi RS3 Conclusion
Their determination to appeal more to the United States market is really apparent, and for the 2018 Audi RS3 release date and price, you probably do not need to wait for long, as it is going to be available late 2017. Although it is using the same interior cabin layout as the new S3, the price point is really different, especially because this 2018 Audi RS3 sedan is going to be available with a 400 horsepower engine, so you can expect that this sedan to be available with $65,000 or more price point.