A Heaping Good Time in the Playful 2018 Audi RS3

Just how insane is this first-for-America 2018 Audi RS3 you keep hearing about? When compared to the S3’s 292 horsepower, this RennSport newcomer boasts 400, even. It also comes with a rear-biased Quattro all-wheel drive system, seven-speed DCT, and some serious performance gear. But the real mission of the RS3 is to evoke an emotional drive by the seat of your pants.

It all starts with the engine, which is the RS3’s center-piece. Between its 400 horsepower and 354 lb-ft of torque, the exhaust note of the 2.5-liter turbocharged inline-five is an absolute joy to listen to—snarling, crackling, burbling, and all. Set Drive Select to Dynamic, and you’ll find an unexpected sense of playfulness, and a willingness to let the back end slide out before computer control snaps it back to attention (this can be further toggled by switching off traction control). For those addicted to straight-line acceleration, the RS3 will leave you wanting for nothing. Its launch control is easy to use, and vaults the car to sixty in 3.9 seconds.

That leaves the nuances in-between, and believe us when we say there’s plenty of fun to be had. To explore it, or another sporting new Audi model, contact us at our Wilmington, NC dealership to schedule an appointment, or discuss features and ordering.

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