The Bottom Line: What is a RS 3? The RS 3 is the performance version of the small 3 series sedans built and sold by Audi. The RS stands for RennSport, and you know it’s an RS model by all the RS logos on the exterior and interior of the car. Translated from German it means Racing Sport, and it should come as no surprise that the RS models are centered around the race track versions of Audi vehicles, and it’s called a hot hatch sedan.
As the Audi RS 3 is a high performance compact luxury sedan, it has probably changed the entire hot hatch class forever. Audi’s 2.5L liter 5 cylinder 401 HP horsepower RS3 was built for the race track, but is comfortable enough to drive on a daily basis, and it’s longer, wider and meaner than before. It has flared fenders, big wheels and tires, over 400 HP horsepower, and boasts a new electronic rear differential that enables a drift mode.
This week Audi sent me a 2022 RS 3 sport sedan to test drive and review. The base window sticker price for this RS 3 model starts at $58,900. The options on the press car are: the RS technology package for $2,750, the RS sport exhaust system with black exhaust pipe tips for $1,000, the Black Optic Plus package for $750, and the Audi side view with rear cross traffic assist package for $350.
The MSRP manufacturer’s suggested retail price, including the $1,095 destination charge, came to: $64,845. After adding in the state and local sales tax, plus the DMV and dealer fees, the total out the door and in your garage purchase price came to: $72,951. At just under $73 Grand this Audi RS 3 high performance compact sedan is right at the top of the class for speed, handling, and comfort, in a 401 HP horsepower car.
The Audi RS 3 is wicked fast and has the suspension to match the power, and it comes with a substantial brake package, right from the factory. The front and rear disc brake rotors are huge, and have red painted calipers. The front discs are ventilated steel 375 mm rotors, with 310 mm rear disc brake rotors, and has a set of 6 piston front disc brake calipers as standard equipment. This RS 3 can stop on a dime, and still give you change.
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Source:: The Mercury News