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Audi reveals 186mph RS3 Performance Edition with more power

Only 300 will be built – with none coming to the UK – each packing 401bhp

Published: 17 Oct 2022
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Audi describes this limited-edition hot hatch as a “true street artist”, though it won’t be painting a merry picture on British canvas because it’s not bringing its most powerful ever RS3 to the UK.

That’s right, the most powerful production RS3 ever now bears the name ‘Performance Edition’. The familiar – and award-winning – five-cylinder turbo unit up front produces 401bhp (as opposed to the standard car’s not-at-all standard 394bhp), with the same amount of torque (369lb ft). Top speed rises to 186mph as standard too.

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The additional seven horsepowers are liberated via an increase in boost pressure of 0.1 bar. (Should you require more, ABT will merrily boost your RS3 to near 500bhp, which will paint perhaps more frightening pictures than this Performance Edition.) It’s fed of course, through a seven-speed dual clutcher to all four wheels. The 1-2-4-5-3 firing order which we’re obliged to continually mention funnels its admittedly good noise through a tweaked version of the standard-fit RS sports exhaust system.

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Other standard-fit items include adaptive dampers and semi-slick Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tyres wrapped around exclusive 19in dark grey matte wheels. The Audi rings and RS3 badges front and back are now painted black, with new paint options, bucket seats, contrast stitching, an Alcantara steering wheel and a carbon look for the touchscreen’s background image.

One more thing. When you unlock the RS3 Performance Edition, the digital daytime running lights flash a chequered flag on the passenger side light, and ‘3-0-0’ on the driver’s side light. Because only 300 of these cars are being built, the hatch starting at €75k and the saloon at €77k.

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Though because of “production constraints”, none of these street artists are coming to the UK.

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