Each year, Car and Driver releases a 10Best list that, you guessed it, lists the ten best cars of that year. To be honest, Audi hasn’t often been on that list. Wheres its Bavarian rival BMW has been on it more times than almost any automaker. However, it’s made it this year with the brand-new Audi RS3 Sedan.
It’s nice to see the Audi RS3 getting some love from journalists, as it’s often getting put down for some of its other rivals, namely the BMW M2. Although, the RS3 gets heaps of praise in this 10Best list.
While daydreaming about the Audi RS3 Sedan on a twisty road, C&D’s Annie White said “the RS3’s quick steering, standard all-wheel-drive system, and adaptive dampers make quick work of curve after curve. The RS3 slices toward apexes with confidence and the sort of forgiving controllability that makes it feel as though we’re adhered to the road via some supernatural force.”
Which is surprising, as the RS3’s twisty road capability isn’t really what it’s known for. We all know it’s brutally fast, with its 400 hp 2.5 liter turbo I5 engine, and we know it has a ton of grip thanks to its all-wheel drive system. However, most people think of it as a point-and-shoot, all-weather sports sedan and not a pure driver’s machine.
Although, White didn’t shy away from daydreaming about its power and performance, as well. “The cabin is vibrating to the unusual resting heartbeat of the Audi’s 2.5-liter inline five (onetwofourfivethreeonetwofourfivethree), which grows to an 88-decibel howl at wide-open throttle. Our feet, shod in this daydream with Louboutins whose red soles match the RS3’s Catalunya Red paint, scramble for the accelerator pedal. Sixty mph is but 3.5 seconds away, 100 mph just 5.2 ticks beyond that. And the road has just cleared.”
We’re big fans of the Audi RS3 Sedan and we’re happy to see it getting some credit as one of C&D’s 10Best cars this year.