There is a lot to like about the existing Audi RS3, which was introduced for the 2017 model year—in individual, the modest activity sedan’s rear-biased, evidently effectiveness-oriented Haldex all-wheel-travel system. But if there is certainly everything the Germans are fantastic at, it truly is enhancing on the presently damn very good. As a result, Audi has created the system more for the following-era design, supplying it real torque vectoring across the rear axle.
Audi phone calls the new twin-clutch procedure the RS Torque Splitter—and it does just that. Somewhat than use a one clutch pack forward of the rear differential and brake-centered torque vectoring method, the RS Torque Splitter actively apportions torque from side to facet, increasing torque to the outer rear wheel by corners. This method should be extra effective than the prior set up in tamping down understeer—and it can also support compensate for oversteer by sending electric power to the internal wheel. (And sure, it’s a bit like the so-known as Twinster unit that Ford utilized on the now-defunct Aim RS.)
Can the new RS3 drift? You might be darn correct it can. Established up correctly (on a closed program and all that), it’ll deliver all the electrical power to a person rear wheel, enabling extensive, smoky, and very likely controllable drifts to your heart’s written content (or your tires’ failure place). We’ll of training course have to check this out. Thoroughly. If you see an RS3 sending up a massive could of tire smoke at Fontana’s Automobile Club Speedway, that is us, just earning positive it, uh, all operates adequately.
The RS3’s twin-clutch program is new, but the motor is not, confirming a not-so-delicate detail on the car’s camo wrap we noticed earlier. Which is not as a great deal of a bummer as it seems, considering that the turbocharged I-5 is fantastically funky (and a authentic nod to the inline-fives that made Audi’s identify in rally). There’s no added horsepower—the RS3 continue to packs 394 ponies—but peak energy is now from 5,600 to 7,000 rpm, which hits both decrease in the rev selection and lasts more time than in advance of. And you can find far more torque: 369 lb-ft to the past car’s 354. Audi says the improvements final result in a .3-next faster time to 62 mph (3.8 seconds, all told). Electrical power is nevertheless routed through a seven-pace twin clutch gearbox.
On the dealing with entrance, new dampers are available. The normal shocks are new, with valving specific to the new automobile. The optional RS Sport Suspension Additionally with Adaptive Damper Command is optional, and supplies ongoing damping adjustment with various modes.
When will we see the new RS3? Before long, we hope, considering the fact that there aren’t way too many additional details to reveal. The normal S3 is established to strike American dealers in drop of this calendar year we suppose the RS3 will abide by a little bit immediately after that.