AUDI SPORT’s new RS 3 Sedan, powered by a turbocharged 2.5-liter TFSI five-cylinder gasoline engine (voted International Engine of the Year in its class for 10 consecutive years) is now available through Audi Philippines.

The model, along with the RS Q8 SUV and RS 6 Avant, heralds the arrival of the Audi Sport brand in the country. Audi Sport, the high-performance division of Audi AG, develops all the RS models.

The RS 3’s engine won the 2.0-liter to 2.5-liter category from 2010 to 2018, and the 150ps to 250ps class in 2019 when the awards program adopted a new power rating-based format.

The 2.5 TFSI is the most powerful series-produced five-cylinder engine in the world and is exclusively used in high-performance models. It makes 400hp and 480Nm, available from as low as 1,700rpm and remains constant up to 5,850rpm. The power plant drives the RS 3 Sedan from standstill to 100kph in 4.1 seconds. Despite this performance, the new RS 3 Sedan is fuel-efficient and environment friendly: Rated to deliver a combined city/highway consumption of 11.76 kilometers per liter while also complying to Euro 6 emissions standards.

The vehicle features magnetic ride suspension technology, which continuously adapts the car’s shock absorbers — filled with electronically controlled magnetic particles — to the road condition and driver’s preference, ensuring both comfort and control. Audi Sport’s seven-speed S-tronic dual-clutch transmission is standard on the new RS 3 Sedan. The S-tronic can be left in automatic mode or can be made to change gears via steering wheel paddles. Two driving programs are available in automatic mode; “D” is suited for normal traffic while “S” lets the 2.5 TFSI rev higher. Gear shifts happen within hundredths of a second.

The S-tronic sends power to all four wheels through Audi Sport’s Quattro permanent all-wheel drive system — a key component of which is its electronically controlled, hydraulically activated multi-plate clutch mounted at the rear axle. This multi-plate clutch, using software tailored to the new RS 3 Sedan, distributes the drive torque to the front and rear axles as required.

More RS models, including the new R8 supercar, will be introduced to the local market throughout 2021. For more information, visit Audi Philippines showrooms on EDSA, Mandaluyong; Bonifacio Global City; Westgate Alabang; and SM Seaside Cebu. Call 87270381 to 85 or e-mail sales@audi.ph.