At the start of this year, rumors and speculations in regards to Audi’s latest creation have been surfacing all over the internet. And just this month, photos of the upcoming 2018 Audi RS3 Sedan, the rumored name of the company’s latest compact, had surfaced and was seen for the first time. Experts claimed that an insider had started leaking the sedan’s photos prior to its setting. But whoever leaked the photos, it seems that he or she had somehow seen and tested the compact first-hand.
Under the Hood
Right after the images had leaked, the 2018 Audi RS3 Sedan’s specifications had spread along with the photos. The compact is said to have a 2.5-liter iron-block turbocharged five-cylinder engine, the same engine that runs within the Audi TT RS. It is said that the engine has a 367 horsepower and a whopping 354 pound-foot torque. However, just like the other Audi cars for this year, the RS3 Sedan is said to have a 7-speed automatic transmission. It does contain an all-wheel drivetrain, though it is also rumored that the rear wheels are more powerful than the ones in front. It is also said that the compact can achieve the 0 to 60 mph acceleration time of four seconds or faster than that. If ever the rumors are true and confirmed by the company, you’ll definitely enjoy its power and engine performance. The most interesting feature, however, is the fact that the RS3 Sedan is way much better than the RS3 hatchback when it comes to handling.
This is somewhat very good news since the company had managed to accomplish that one without compromising with the car marketing standards. However, we should expect the compact’s release at about late September next year. Since we are very sure that the car is still at its testing stage, chances are that improvements such as handling and engine economy will be done to further improve its performance. Most experts are also hopeful that the engine will have an improved mileage compared to the hatchback version. And right now, they are still waiting for the U.S.-bound version of the sedan.
When it comes to pricing, experts are expecting that the car price will be more or less near the price of other Audi compacts, which are usually under the $50,000 mark.
- Category : Premium Sports Compact
- Engine : 2.5-liter Iron-block Turbocharged Five-cylinder
- Transmission : 7-speed dual-clutch automatic
- Drivetrain : AWD
- Power : 367 horsepower
- Torque : 354 lb-ft @ 1700 – 5850 rpm
- 0-60 mph : 4.0 seconds
- Price : Starting at $50,000