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Discussion Starter · #1 ·
I've taken this from a post on another forum. It originates from Pistonheads but was removed within a couple of hours of being posted. Not sure if it's true but 400bhp.....yes please [H] although I reckon the price tag is going to be waaay beyond my means!

"The new Audi RS 3 Performance at a new level

• 5-cylinder bi-turbo charged engine with 300 kW (400 bhp)?

• 5-door Sportback with the dynamism of a high-performance sports car?

• Exclusive design and equipment, perfect quality

Outstanding performance and maximum dynamism combined with excellent
suitability for everyday use are the impressive features of the new
Audi RS 3, which will be unveiled to the public for the first time at
the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. A newly developed five-cylinder engine with
FSI direct injection and two turbochargers, quattro four-wheel drive
and sports suspension with Dynamic Ride Control DRC set the new
standard for high-performance vehicles in this class. 300 kW (400 bhp)
and a maximum torque of 575 Nm add up to an unforgettable performance

The Audi RS models from quattro GmbH are the ultimate in sportiness,
complemented by powerful and elegant design, exclusive equipment and
perfect quality. It has also meanwhile become a good tradition that
their sports performance is combined with the high utility value of an
Avant: the very first Audi RS2, which appeared in 1993, was only built
as an Avant model. Although the unique Audi RS driving sensation can
now be experienced in coupe, saloon, Avant and Cabriolet models,
customers especially appreciate the combination of dynamism and
versatility that an Avant offers.

The new Audi RS 3 will therefore only be available as a Sportback to
start with, with the unrivalled combination of 400 bhp and a maximum
1,032 litres of luggage space. The Audi RS 3 will be launched in March

The new leader in the performance category

The Audi RS 3 redefines the term "high performance" in the compact
class. With its 300 kW (400 bhp), it is the most powerful model in the
ever to appear in the A3 range. But not only that: it is also clearly
superior to all competitors in the top performance category.

The five-cylinder configuration engine in the RS 3 is based on the
powerplant of the Audi TT RS, but has been redeveloped in practically
every respect to attain the significantly higher level of performance.
The bi-turbo configuration ensures an impressively constant stream of
power, with the mighty peak torque of 575 Nm available across almost
the entire engine speed range.

The road performance of a super sports car

This powerplant enables the Audi RS 3 to achieve the road performance
of a high-performance sports car. It requires just 4.1 seconds for the
sprint from a standing start to 100 km/h, and reaches the 200 km/h mark
in a mere 12.9 seconds, matching the performance of the mighty RS 6.
Only when the needle touches 250 km/h is the propulsive power
electronically governed. The power-to-weight ratio, too, matches that
of a first-rate sports car: after all, with a vehicle weight of 1,525
kilograms - including the dynamic and sure-footed quattro four-wheel
drive - every horsepower of the RS 3 has to propel just 3.8 kilograms?.
The five-cylinder concept provides the ideal basis for a
high-performance unit of this calibre. TFSI technology from Audi, the
combination of direct injection and bi-turbocharging, ensures efficient
power output, based on extensive experience in the field of motor
sport: the R8 racing car, a pioneer of TFSI technology, captured a
series of victories for the brand with the four rings at Le Mans.

Racing technology for high efficiency

FSI direct injection delivers precisely metered amounts of fuel into
the combustion chambers at a pressure of up to 120 bar. This permits a
compression ratio of 10.5:1, which is very high for a turbo engine.
Remarkably efficient combustion is the result. The engine is thus
content with a standard consumption of 10.1 litres - a very good figure
in view of the potential offered.

A further feature adopted from racing technology is the dry-sump
lubrication system used on the five-cylinder engine. By virtue of the
elaborate design of the oil pump module and oil tank, reliable
lubrication of all engine components and both turbochargers is
guaranteed, even with constant lateral acceleration of 1.2 g.

Thanks to FSI technology and the optimised design of the turbochargers
and air ducts, the five-cylinder unit is extremely responsive and
converts minimum movements of the throttle into dynamic acceleration.
Yet the bi-turbo is by no means a rough-and-ready sports engine: it
runs smoothly and with refinement. When accelerating, of course, its
exhaust system with two oval tailpipes produces that sonorous sporty,
throaty sound - an essential feature of a high-performance automobile.
Those who wish to enhance this daily delight for the ears even further
may opt for the alternative sports exhaust system.

S-tronic with exceptionally short shift times

The six-speed S-tronic is the perfect complement to the self-confident,
powerful character of the RS 3. Its hydraulics and control system have
been optimised to achieve exceptionally short shift times; the ratios
have been adapted accordingly. It goes without saying that the new RS 3
transmits its tremendous power to the road via quattro four-wheel
drive. The latest generation not only provides substantially more
driving safety and stability than a vehicle with rear-wheel drive, it
also underscores the distinctly dynamic character of the RS 3.

Suspension for performance and comfort

The suspension of the Audi RS 3 has been consistently designed for
maximum dynamic performance along with good travelling comfort - on
long journeys, too. Shock absorber and spring settings as well as the
entire elastokinematics of the suspension have been adapted to the new
level of performance. The characteristics of the servotronic
speed-dependent power assistance have also been retuned. The steering
is consequently very sensitive and delivers optimum feedback from the

All in all, in terms of driving feel the RS 3 combines the precision
and cornering ability of a sports car with the relaxed straight-line
stability of a comfortable cruiser. The standard Dynamic Ride Control
DRC, familiar from the current RS 6 and consistently enhanced, plays a
major role here. This system reduces pitching and rolling movements
about the longitudinal and transverse axis of the vehicle in a
particularly ingenious way - entirely without the aid of electronics
and solely according to the laws of fluid dynamics.

An individual driving feel

With Dynamic Ride Control the shock absorbers are connected diagonally
with each other via two oil lines and two control valves. Body movement
- e.g. rolling when cornering at high speed on an uneven road surface -
produces flows of oil, which generate additional damping force. As a
result, the RS 3 boasts even more directional control through bends and
reacts with substantially more precision to the steering inputs of the

Dynamic Ride Control on the new RS 3 can be supplemented if desired
with optional three-stage damping. This allows the driver to s elect the
handling characteristics according to his/her personal preferences or
chosen route. In the comfort setting, the sports suspension plus
provides remarkable ride comfort, in the dynamic program it adjusts
superbly to an enthusiastic driving style and in the sport mode it
delivers maximum driving precision.

The sporty setting of the electronic stabilisation program ESP is an
ideal match here: the point of intervention is very late, permitting a
high degree of driving enjoyment whilst fully maintaining driving
safety. Alternatively, the ESP may be completely deactivated.

Ceramic brakes for the exceptional athlete

An athlete of such exceptional calibre as the Audi RS 3 naturally
requires an outstanding brake system. The standard 18-inch steel discs
have been designed for maximum load. They consist of an aluminium
brake-disc chamber and a cast friction ring, both connected with each
other in a floating arrangement via metal pins. This design increases
thermal stability and reduces weight.?Optionally, in conjunction with
19-inch wheels, a ceramic brake system is available: it boasts discs
with an impressive diameter of 390 millimetres at the front and 330
millimetres at the rear, which endure the most extreme thermal loads
with ease and have a very long operating life. Equally impressive are
the tyre sizes: the standard 19-inch wheels with the new 10-spoke
design are shod with size 245/35 R 19 tyres.

Self-assured appearance with functional features

Its independent design lends the Audi RS 3 a striking and aggressive
look - without being overpowering. In fact, the clear front-end design
with the remodelled bumper and accentuated apertures evidently follows
function: the high-performance powerplant requires a considerable
amount of air to breathe as well as for cooling. The fact that it
belongs to the RS family is emphasised by the matt aluminium-look
single-frame grille featuring a highly polished black guard in a
diamond design.

The headlights on the Audi RS 3 are miniature works of art in high-tech
terms: to create space in the front apron for additional air flow, the
halogen fog lights have been integrated alongside the bi-xenon
headlights, with standard adaptive light, the cornering light function.
The LED daytime running lights strip adds a distinctive touch and
follow the example of the recent RS range, lending the Audi RS 3 a
striking appearance, by day or night. A flat cover at the top of the
headlights sharpens the "look" of the car. The taillights, too, largely
employ LED technology.

Striking design derived from the "Ur-quattro"

The rear of the Audi RS 3 is characterised by the oval exhaust
tailpipes and the diffuser-look apron. A roof spoiler completes the
aerodynamic fine-tuning of this high-performance vehicle. The side
outline is distinguished by wide, flared wheel arches. Like the engine
compartment lid, the front wings are made of aluminium in order to
reduce weight. They accommodate the mighty wheels of the new Audi RS 3,
yet are also reminiscent of a milestone in automotive history: the flat
tops of the wheel arches with their clear edges were counted among the
design elements of the Audi quattro - the pioneer of permanent
four-wheel drive from the year 1980, these have become part of the RS
design in both the current RS 6 and now the RS 3. A metallic/pearl
effect paint finish is standard; the colours Sepang Blue, Monza Silver
and Monterrey Green are exclusively reserved for the RS range.

Elegant and exclusive interior

The interior of the new RS 3 offers an impressive synthesis of sporty
elegance and exclusiveness. The extremely high standard of
craftsmanship typical for Audi is complemented by an equally sporty and
elegant combination of top-class materials. Carbon fibre, aluminium,
leather and Alcantara create an ambience that is unique even in the
world of high-performance cars.

The main control element is and remains the steering wheel: on the RS 3
the customer can choose between the multifunction sports steering wheel
with a 3 spoke design and the particularly distinctive flat-bottomed RS
sports steering wheel, likewise with multifunction controls and shift
paddles for the transmission. The cockpit in the typical RS design
additionally features a boost pressure gauge. Displays for boost
pressure, oil temperature and lap timer can be called up via the driver
information system.

The inlays are made of carbon fibre and edged in aluminium, the cockpit
trim gleams with its piano black finish. Additional highlights in the
interior are provided by the aluminium-coloured keys of the MMI
terminal on the centre console, the milled-finish door handles and the
aluminium-look sports pedals. The highly contoured sports seats are
covered in a combination of leather and Alcantara with an embossed RS 3
emblem or optionally wrapped completely in Silk Nappa or Valcona

Extensive equipment, individual options

This high-performance vehicle naturally deserves an appropriate level
of standard equipment. In addition to design and technical elements
specific to the RS 3, this includes the audio system with powerful Bose
Surround Sound, heated seats at the front and rear, a tyre pressure
monitoring system and Audi parking system plus. Together with the wide
range of high-tech options for the Audi A3 series, every RS 3 can be
perfectly matched to the driver's individual wishes. The Audi RS 3 is
consequently a sporty car with great versatility, making it suitable
for a variety of leisure activities, too."

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Judging by the price of the Golf R, it'd have to be a forum buy ! The good thing is, we'd get more turns in it as there are less members here ! ( ps, this does not constitute any form of offer ! )

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I wonder if they will give any discount for a group buy of one person[:cool:]

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Discussion Starter · #5 ·
Let's get our pennies together....great idea Leach. [Y] I have 76p. [H]

That Golf R is horrendously priced. Why would you buy that? It's not even a great looking car to be honest. S3 or Golf R? Seems a bit of a no brainer to me.

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I have about 18p on me i had more but just been raped of £2 for the lottery[:'(]

unless i win the lottery then dave i will double what ever money you put in then i will round it off so expect £1.60[G]

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Discussion Starter · #8 ·
With the cash we're racking up here, there might be another order on the cards Damian. [:D]

Did anyone see the thread on t'other side? There's a member who has ordered an R. Seems nuts to me when you could have an S3 for less. [:S] Still, each to their own.

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Discussion Starter · #11 ·
I certainly hope so Galen - otherwise I'm left wondering what I get for my 76p. [:D]

Yes, absolutely Damian, great if that's what he wants. But I can't help but come back to the S3. For less money. That's the clincher for me. I'm surprised that VW have pitched the price at that level.

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I wouldnt say the 400bhp is right from factory.....that 2.5 is in the new TT RS has 340bhp. Its still going to be a rocket ship!!! [*]

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Whats the spec on the golf R ? i havnt really read anything about it,400bhp from factory i also doubt and trouble is what ever bhp from factory they can barely eveer live with a tuned car of the same power.

How much money we got between us now? there us been that much thrown about i have lost count,last time i checked it was about £2.23
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