We’re finally getting an Audi RS3 here in North America. The US market has been deprived of many of the great Audi RS cars in the past, including the absolutely brilliant Audi RS3 Sportback. While we won’t be getting the Sportback variant, with its practical hatchback body style, we will be getting the RS3 Sedan. Good enough, though.
For 2017 models, the Audi RS3 Sedan will start at $55,450 after destination. While that might sound a bit pricey, it’s not really much more money than its competition and it’s arguably more car than them as well. By comparison, the BMW M2 starts at $52,500 and the Mercedes-AMG CLA45 starts at $49,950. For the BMW, the M2 only makes 365 hp, gets from 0-60 mph in 4.3 seconds and only has two doors and rear-wheel drive. The AMG makes 375 hp, gets from 0-60 mph in 4.1 seconds, is all-wheel drive and has four doors.
The Audi RS3 Sedan makes a whopping 400 hp, from its all-new 2.5 liter turbocharged five-cylinder, gets from 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds and has Quattro all-wheel drive. So it’s more powerful and faster than both of its main competition, considerably. It’s also a sedan, much like the AMG (which is also a sedan, I don’t care that Mercedes calls it a Coupe), but its rear leg and headroom is far superior. So the RS3 sedan either beats or matches its competition in every measurable category. Audi’s Quattro all-wheel drive system also allows it to be a proper all-weather super sedan. While the little AMG is all-wheel drive as well, Audi’s Quattro is far superior.
So while the new Audi RS3 Sedan is the most expensive car in its class, an argument can be made that it’s also the most car. So it’s actually a pretty good deal.