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2017 NYIAS: 2018 Audi RS3 Sedan marks first American RS3

Up until now, the Audi RS3 has always been forbidden fruit for American enthusiasts. However, at the 2017 New York Auto Show, Audi is finally giving us the fruit we’ve so desired. The 2018 Audi RS3 Sedan has finally made its way across the Atlantic. Admittedly, it’s not the RS3 Sportback that we’ve been wanting but the RS3 Sedan will suffice, of course.

This specific car shown here in NY is wearing the fantastic Ara Blue paint, which looked extra fantastic under the bright lights of the auto show. While the standard Audi A3 is about as bland a sedan as you can get, the RS3 Sedan has just the right amount of anger and aggression to make it exciting. The front air intakes, with “Quattro” written in the grille, rear diffuser and massive exhaust tips make the RS3 Sedan look like something special. Side note on those exhausts, they’re large enough for me to put my fist in with room.

On the inside, you get a similar car to the Audi TT RS, which is a good thing. It’s filled with rich alcantara, leather and aluminum. The seats are diamond-stitched and look great while also being supportive and comfortable. It of course also comes with Audi’s brilliant Virtual Cockpit as-standard.

Under the hood, the all-new 2.5 liter turbocharged I5 engine makes 400 hp and is paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch “S-Tronic” gearbox and powers all four wheels. While the Quattro (really Haldex) all-wheel drive setup does drive the front wheels under most normal circumstances, it’s actually capable of sending all of the power to the rear wheels for a short period of time when necessary. So while we never got any of the previous RS3s here in the ‘States, this new Audi RS3 Sedan seems to be the best one yet.

CategoriesAuto Show RS3
Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.