RS3 Sedan thunders into SA
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That gadget, as we’ve come to expect by now, can also alter the characteristics of the steering as well as the seven-speed S-Tronic dual-clutch gearbox and quattro all-wheel drive. Depending on the driving conditions, the uniquely-configured quattro system can send between 50 and 100 percent of the power to the back wheels.
Buyers wanting their RS3 at its dynamic best can opt for Audi’s RS Sport Suspension Plus with adaptive damper control. Another possible tick on the long options list is a set of carbon ceramic brake discs.
Now that we’re talking options, there are plenty of ways to spice up the cabin, including Audi’s posh-looking Virtual Cockpit digital instrument cluster as well as the race-car-like RS sports seats with integrated headrests, MMI Navigation Plus, an MMI touch-pad, a 705 watt Bang & Olufsen sound system and an RS design package with various red cabin decor elements.
So what’s standard then? Owners with options list shyness get less flashy sports seats, which are albeit still upholstered in Fine Nappa Leather, with contrast stitching, as standard. Also on the standard features list is automatic climate control, cruise control, a flat-bottomed RS multi-function steering wheel with gear-shift paddles, Audi Drive Select and Parking System Plus with selective display.
On the outside, the RS3 models are machoed up by RS-specific bumpers with honeycomb trim, LED headlights and taillights with ‘dynamic’ indicators, 19” alloy wheels and a boot spoiler. The pair are sold with a five-year/100 000km maintenance plan.
PRICES: Audi RS3 Sedan 2.5 TFSI quattro S tronic - R925 500 Audi RS3 Sportback 2.5 TFSI quattro S tronic - R895 500