Po­tent Audi RS3 Sedan ar­rives in SA with 294kW of power and quat­tro claws

The Star Early Edition - - FRONT PAGE - JASON WOOSEY

AMONG all the hype sur­round­ing ul­tra-pow­er­ful four-cylin­der mo­tors of the type AMG builds nowa­days, and all the tears shed about the grad­ual death of beloved V6s, V8s and any­thing with more than four pis­tons for that mat­ter, the good old ‘five-pot’ has been lay­ing quite low of late.

Thank­fully the com­pany that pro­duced the world’s first five-cylin­der petrol en­gine is keep­ing it alive and well in its TT RS, RS Q3 and RS3 per­for­mance models, and the lat­ter has just un­der­gone some­thing of a re­newal and for­mat change.

The facelifted RS3 has just gone on sale in South Africa, and it’s avail­able in sedan guise for the first time, priced at R925 500. The five-door RS3 Sport­back is set to fol­low in Novem­ber and that is yours for slightly less, as in R895 500.

The RS3’s 2.5-litre tur­bopetrol en­gine has been given a decent lit­tle perk-up, gain­ing 24kW and 15Nm to make it the most pow­er­ful five-cylin­der pro­duc­tion en­gine yet, with 294kW and 480Nm on tap. Both the Sedan and Sport­back, ac­cord­ing to Audi, are ca­pa­ble of sprint­ing to 100km/h in 4.1 sec­onds and if you speak to the chaps at Audi nicely, you can have the elec­tron­i­cally-limited top speed raised from 250km/h to 280km/h. Find­ing a road where you can safely do that is another mat­ter.

Not only is it more po­tent than be­fore, but the new 2.5 TFSI en­gine is also 26kg lighter than its pre­de­ces­sor, while in­ter­nal fric­tion has been re­duced.

Be­cause you’ll want to hear that off-beat five-cylin­der rhythm in all its glory, Audi has also in­stalled ex­haust flaps that you can lib­er­ate through Audi’s Drive Se­lect sys­tem. Con­tin­ued on Page 3

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