2022 Audi RS3 Sportback does the quarter mile in under 12 seconds

We’ve already established the new Audi RS3 Sedan delivers neck-snapping acceleration by hitting 62 mph (100 km/h) from a standstill in a mere 3.1 seconds or 0.7s quicker than what the manufacturer claims. But what about the RS3 Sportback? Well, Carwow’s Mat Watson put those numbers to the test by doing a couple of quick runs.

The über-hot RS3 in five-door guise was initially evaluated on a damp surface, which regardless of how good Quattro is in the latest model, still hampers performance to some extent. It still did it in 3.85 seconds, which isn’t too far off from what Audi says in the technical specifications. The next day, this time on a perfectly dry lap, Mat got behind the wheel of the five-cylinder Sportback for a new assessment.

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His second run was considerably better as the 401-horsepower compact hatch was clocked in at just 3.63 seconds. That’s still a lot more than the 3.1-second time posted by Auditography, but we think we know why. While the RS3 Sedan’s time was registered using the car’s telemetry, Carwow used a dedicated device, which is typically closer to reality than the vehicle’s optimistic measurements. There’s also a minor difference between 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) and 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h), which partially explains the gap between the two times.

What matters the most here is that Mat Watson completed the quarter mile in 11.98 seconds, significantly better than his 12.2-second run achieved with the previous-generation RS3 Sedan a few years ago. It also beat the latest Mercedes-AMG A45 S (12.1 seconds) and even the RS4 Avant (12.0 seconds).

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This goes to show Audi Sport has developed an extraordinary epilogue to the 2.5 TFSI engine, which is unlikely to power another new car ever again. Facing increasingly stringent emissions regulations, the Four Rings are going all-in on EVs, meaning the days of the turbocharged inline-five and the R8’s naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V10 are numbered.

Source: Carwow / YouTbe

Adrian Padeanu

Long-time fan of the fabled Four Rings.