It might be hard to claim specifically when the letters 'RS' on the rump of an Audi stopped identifying the German company's particular performance maker of the minute and also started differentiating a design in an efficiency sub-brand-- but it plainly happened time ago.
The simple solution would be 1999, when the original RS2 Avant was succeeded by the B5-generation RS4 Avant.
But that's additionally the simplistic solution since, for an additional decade afterwards factor, the Audi factory adjusting home formerly called Quattro GmbH was very careful never ever to have greater than one RS for sale at a time.
Purchasers can trade one in versus the following as well as manufacturing could be dealt with in-house by the clothing that has actually considering that changed its manage to Audi Sport.
The trigger for adjustment was the original TT RS of 2009, which became the very first Audi RS to be built completely away from Audi Sport's Neckarsulm facilities.
By 2012, there were no fewer compared to 5 RS cars in synchronised production. The RS brand name as we currently recognize it was birthed and at its lower sounded was the initial RS3 Sportback mega-hatch.
An all-new MQB-platform RS3 arrived in 2015 and currently comes just what is properly a mid-life facelift for the car-- albeit a typically comprehensive one.
As part of this nip and tuck, the RS3 obtains the usual styling and equipment tweaks. Yet it likewise gains a new all-aluminium five-cylinder engine that provides it with an eye-popping 394bhp-- a peak output virtually unknown to cars and trucks in this part of the efficiency market, save for a handful of extremely rare-groove as well as extremely tuned Japanese alternatives.
The other significant point the RS3 gets as part of the update is a three-box account as well as a different boot; which is another means of discussing that, together with the five-door Sportback variation, Audi Sport currently supplies a four-door RS3 Watering hole, whose mechanical cosmetics is mostly the same to that of its sister auto.
Primarily, but, as we'll go on to discuss, not totally similar.
Audi can rightly declare to have existed at the birth of exactly what we now call the mega-hatch specific niche.
The original RS3 Sportback was among the very first go-faster five-doorsto punch its method via the 300bhp obstacle, back in 2011.
There have been plenty more like it with that hole in the wall since then, however-- and compared with a couple of its more recent competitors, the new RS3's drivetrain particularly is beginning to look a little bit lightweight.
Where the Ford Emphasis RS provides you a brilliant clutch-based torque-vectoring rear power split gadget and the Mercedes-AMG A45 now permits you, as a choice, a limited-slip front differential, the RS3 sticks with its established, Haldex-type four-wheel-drive system.
It juggles torque in between the front and also back axles depending on available hold, and also although it will certainly relocate that torque towards the back wheels quicker in some owning modes than others, it also draws on standard open differentials as well as brake-based digital torque vectoring to marshal the driving force in between the packed as well as unloaded sides of each axle during cornering.
The RS3's new all-aluminium 2480cc five-cylinder turbocharged engine could be the best cover for that slight drawback.
Evaluating 26kg less than the old iron-blocked five-pot and using both straight as well as indirect fuel shot, it produces 394bhp from 5850rpm to 7000rpm, in addition to 354lb ft all the way from 1700rpm to 5850rpm. That power finds its way to the road via a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.
Whether it's starting with an A3 Saloon or Sportback, Audi Sport's suspension adjustments for the RS3 are materially the same.
Both RS3s ride 25mm less than their A3 equivalents and have axle tracks widened by 20mm in advance as well as 14mm at the rear.
However the RS3 Saloon starts with a couple of vital vibrant advantagesover the five-door, having a roofing system line that's 12mm lower for a slightly reduced centre of gravity, and also a back track that's 14mm bigger. The tavern is additionally longer and also marginally much heavier compared to the hatchback, however more recently only by 5kg.
Both RS3 siblings come with 19in alloy wheels and have passive variable-ratio 'progressive' power steering (whose proportion merely quickens off-centre) as requirement.
Mixed-width built 19in rims with a wider tire impact up front are an alternative, as are RS sport suspension springs with flexible dampers, carbon-ceramic front brake discs and also an active RS sport exhaust.
Our test vehicle had all of the above choices save for the flexible suspension and it considered 13kg less than the four-cylinder Focus RS we evaluated in 2015: 1567kg, distributed 58/42 front to rear, which was likewise much more beneficial compared to the Ford's.
The fundamentals of the RS3's cabin haven't altered an excellent dealas part of Audi's mid-cycle overhaul.
You're getting a little extra devices as conventional than you may have 2 years back, as well as a little bit more life and colour splashed around the place if, as our examination auto had, your vehicle has Audi's ₤ 800 RS Design Pack fitted.