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No surprise at the claimed 0-62. Over to you Mercedes for our facelift 👍
 

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No surprise at the claimed 0-62. Over to you Mercedes for our facelift 👍
I'm quite surprised that Audi aren't lifting the power to really drive home that the car is quicker than the A45s, which in turn would mean we get a faster FL A45s. But Audi no doubt need to keep the RS3 in its place in the pecking order so that the RS4 and RS6 are not out sprinted by it.
 
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The outgoing model was closer to 3.9 than 4.1 so it didn't really gain 3 tenths, maybe a tenth. You see greater gains with stickier tires. You could easily gain a tenth with a better launch on the same tires!

I'd be a little disappointed knowing my long-awaited RS3 won't be getting the rumored 420 ps (and something like 450 ps with an optional performance pack iirc) after all. If they meant to copy Honda when they launched the FN2 Type R that brought an astonishing +1 hp over EP3, they're doing really well. There are more things than hp, for sure, but come on, power is the first and most important thing we look at in a new sports car. Among the things that shout "progress", power will always stand out. And no, +20 ps wouldn't have made a huge difference (+50 ps would though, and I'm pretty sure you'd be hard pressed to find a car without the performance pack), but it's the kind of progress every enthusiast is expecting.

In all honesty, even if I ever planned to buy one, knowing it'll still make the same power, would be enough of a reason to reconsider. Clearly they wanted to keep it below RS4 as @Forrester said, and it's nice to know MB don't think the same way, or at least their pecking order isn't that strict.

We get to keep our bragging rights too. Thank you Audi.
 
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I wonder what the pricing will be.
 

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Test driving the Audi RS GT electric thing tomorrow, will pick the brains of my friendly RS specialist.
 

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In Aus the current version has staggered wheels with the front wider than the back for traction. Even Audi consider it predominantly a front wheeler. Still the RS guys claim a 10sec car with tune and dump pipe.
Proper rear biased awd system wil see times tumble, like the vast improvement in the Golf R. Launch control as well.
Power and potential of the 5 cylinder is enough. The lighter block was a big step forward. It needs to improve in other areas.

The big deal they make of the cylinder firing order is entertaining.
 

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In Aus the current version has staggered wheels with the front wider than the back for traction.

The big deal they make of the cylinder firing order is entertaining.
The wider fronts is an attempt to counteract the understeer which the RS3 is famous for. They reckon they have fixed this in the new model, but only time will tell.
 

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2022 apparently

Really interesting. Not much changed but the lights and perhaps what lies beneath the bonnet. A mild hybrid perchance?

I am just about to take delivery of an A45s and in previous years this would definitely have made me reconsider my purchase. Like immediately.

But worried that this new one arrives even quieter from the factory than the current one, and with an OPF for the Australian market as Audi seem to be doing with the new RS3. I'll take the all petrol/non-OPF thanks!

Mine's going to be making 360KW and 600nm after the dump pipe and tune anyway!
 

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the current version has staggered wheels with the front wider than the back
Understeeerrrrrrrrrrrrr. The lovely, but weighty 5-cyl stuck out too much ahead of the front axle and became a liability, hence the need for more lateral grip at the front. It was a limitation of the MQB platform.

Gen 5 Haldex in the previous generation (8V) allows for pre-engagement, so that both axles can be locked and driven simultaneously, even from standstill without any slip. But looks like this new drivetrain (and gearing no doubt) will make this 8Y model rapid from a standstill.
 

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Test driving the Audi RS GT electric thing tomorrow, will pick the brains of my friendly RS specialist.
None of the RS3 information is available on the Audi website even though it shows RS3 as an option.

I think the proposed RS3 looks a lot better than the outgoing one.
 

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I think the proposed RS3 looks a lot better than the outgoing one.
Yeah, agree. The old one looked like a slightly bulgier S3 (until last week I owned the 8V FL), except with the special RS wheels and grill, and the S3 in turn looked like a slightly better looking Golf. Good sleeper car tho. My white S3 with JB4 tuner surprised quite a few at the traffic lights 😄
 

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BMW: Wait until they get a load of the grill we've designed for the new M3...
Audi: Hold my beer... ;)
 

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BMW: Wait until they get a load of the grill we've designed for the new M3...
Audi: Hold my beer... ;)
The comments below the article are worth a read. Certainly, no beating about the bush.
 
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BMW: Wait until they get a load of the grill we've designed for the new M3...
Audi: Hold my beer... ;)
Holy crap excuse me while I gouge out my eyes. What on earth were they thinking? I am guessing black will be a popular colour! 😄
 

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Better and while I suspect that I am not the target market, it's just waaaay too plastic fantastic for me. Gloss too! Double yuck.
 
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