Last week we had the opportunity to run the new 2022 Audi RS3 in Pahruma, Nevada. Our time behind the wheel includes track time, road time, and even some flowing fun.
Before we set off on the trip we asked you what you want to know about RS3. Some of these questions were answered one degree or another in our car’s full-scale review. For your particular conflict, we’re answering them here.
Is it flowing?
Yes it does. In fact, this capability makes RS3 completely different from what we will talk about here. In our review, we cite Audi’s racing driver, Tristan Herbert, who was our instructor at the event.
He specifically said that any debate about how the Quattro works, especially the ability to transmit power to the rear wheels, would be put to rest with the RS3. After countless laps on a drift track that spell RS, we can be sure that this Audi has slided with the best of them all.
Does it seem as fast as his Nurburgring time?
While the drifting is fun, Audi’s RS models have historically focused much more on direct motion. In the context of this question, the 2022 RS3 actually holds the current compact sedan record at 7:40: 748 seconds in Nurburgring.
It is actually as fast as the original Bugatti Veyron, Lexus LFA, Lamborghini Murciিলlago LP640 and the original Porsche Cayman GT4, and much slower than the Cayenne Turbo GT in Porsche. All this is to say that yes, it seems incredibly fast.
Why aren’t half the items on the alternative list in Germany even available in the US?
Lots of RS3 fans are wondering why there are so few presence options for the US market. The Euro-Spec car can be fitted with an aluminum optic package in addition to a red interior package and blue carbon-ceramic brake caliper.
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We asked Audi about it and they didn’t have a direct answer for us. The closest thing we’ve got to this kind of answer is that those options may end up here in the relatively near future.
How does this compare to the 2023 M240i xDrive and why would anyone want to pay more than k 10k for this car?
Call me a salty former BMW owner but to be honest, these two cars don’t really compare very well. We are talking about the peak of the A3 range versus a car which is not really an M car. The 2022 M240i xDrive has two doors, has 382 hp (284 kW) and is slow enough from 0-60 (4.1 vs. 3.5 seconds). So purposefully, it’s less practical, less powerful, and significantly slower. And that’s not to say that RS3 looks better (at least in my opinion).
Which car would you buy in its place?
If I was forced to buy something other than RS3, I don’t think I’d choose anything closer to it. I’m looking for a primitive Ford Focus RS or an older Subaru WRX STI hatchback because I can pocket some extra money and then upgrade performance to match RS3. Even better, you can probably find the car that kicked the whole RS family, the RS2 Avant, for this kind of cash.