2022 Audi RS 3 officially revealed with fat fenders and fancy lights
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The slow drop of 2022 Audi RS 3 news finally culminated in the unveiling of the wild little sports sedan in paint and sheet metal. And in typical RS fashion, the exterior and interior have been significantly spiced up in accordance with the mechanics.
All the radiator grills at the front have been significantly enlarged, and the main grille now has a wide slot above it, reminiscent of the original Audi Sport Quattro Coupé. The enormity is embellished with black moldings around the main grill. The most impressive piece of the RS 3's nose, however, is the running light accents. When equipped with matrix LED lights, the accents on the driver's side spell out "R", "S" and "3" one after the other when driving in and out, while the accents on the passenger side show a checkered flag design. When driving, both have the checkered flag pattern.
2022 Audi RS 3
The rest of the body gets upgrades too. The front fenders, like the rear, are wider and the fronts have large air vents. Side skirts give the car a lower appearance. The rear features a wide grille, a more pronounced diffuser area, bold oval tailpipes (an RS signature) and a surprisingly subtle spoiler lip on the trunk.
The interior features some carbon fiber dashboard trims, sport seats, and a flattened bottom wheel with die-cast zinc paddles. Two optional wheels are also available that add the RS logo and a 12 o'clock stripe. A 12.3-inch instrument display and a 10.1-inch touchscreen for infotainment are standard. The instrument screen can show shift lights, g-force, acceleration times, lap times and even quarter mile times. The interior can be further individualized with nappa leather as well as contrasting stitching and ventilation accents in red or green.
As for the performance, we talked about it a while ago, but we're going to get into the highlights here. The RS 3 still gets a charged 2.5-liter in-line five. It now puts out 401 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. It should be good for a 3.8 second run at 62 mph. The power goes to all four wheels via an automatic dual clutch, and the RS 3 now has a torque vectoring rear axle differential. Audi even includes a drift mode. In addition, it is lower, wider, has a sportier chassis and larger brakes than the other A3 variants.
The new RS 3 will be available for order for the first time in Europe from August and will be delivered in autumn. While sedans and hatchbacks will be available there, the US will only get the sedan. Prices for the US market have not yet been announced.
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