Audi’s R8 Births the New RS3

Audi is no stranger to using dramatic videos as a way to introduce new models and the introduction of the new RS3 proves the point.

When it comes to introducing the redesigned RS3 Sportback, Audi returns to the snarl of the R8, but this time as it gives birth to its’ precious little RS3.  Audi even finds a way to show the “umbilical cord” being cut.

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While proportionally the new RS3 Sportback shares little in common with the halo Audi R8, its performance has inched closer to its ancestor. It may have half the cylinders of the R8 V10, but the 2.5-liter turbocharged five-cylinder makes 367 horsepower — up 27 from the previous generation — and 343 pound-feet of torque. That power is funneled to all four wheels via Audi’s infamous quattro all-wheel drive system, which is connected to a seven-speed dual clutch transmission.

Thanks in part to its sophisticated all-wheel drive system, the 2016 RS3 Sportback gets to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds on the way to its electronically-limited 155 mph top speed. Audi can raise the governor to 174 mph. Besides the ferocious power, the RS3 Sportback gains other significant hardware upgrades like carbon ceramic front brakes and a brake-based torque vectoring system for better cornering. Its pumped-up exterior completes the look.

Read more about the Audi RS3 and see its’ birth video at http://www.digitaltrends.com/cars/2016-audi-rs3-promo-video-details-images/#ixzz3ZPoVtlN0

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