Audi has revealed a limited edition model of the RS 3 called the RS 3 performance edition, available in both Sportback and Sedan bodystyles. Both models are limited to 300 units, with prices starting at €75,000 for the Sportback and €77,000 for the Sedan. Deliveries are expected to commence in early 2023.
So, what’s all the hoopla? Well, visually, the RS 3 performance edition doesn’t look any different compared with the regular RS 3 models except for a new set of 19-inch motorsport-design wheels. The wheels are wrapped with semi-slick Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tires as standard. The Matrix LED headlights with darkened bezels, RS ceramic brakes, RS sports exhaust system, and RS sports suspension with adaptive damper control, which are all optional extras in the regular RS 3 models, are included as standard in the RS 3 performance edition.
The discs measure 380 x 38 mm at the front and 310 x 22 mm at the rear. Exterior paint options include Nogaro Blue, Arrow Gray, Daytona Gray, Sebring Black and Glacier White.
When you unlock the RS 3 performance edition, the 15-LED DRLs display the “checkered flag” on the passenger side and the “3‑0-0” on the driver side—alluding to the limited number of units and a top speed of 300 km/h. Upon locking, the “R-S-3” lettering appears instead of “3‑0-0”.
On the inside, you get standard front bucket seats with carbon fibre shells, and you also get a limited edition numbered badge on the passenger side of the dashboard. The rest of the things are the same as those of the regular RS 3 models.
Are there any other changes? Well, the 2.5-litre in-line 5-cylinder TFSI engine pumps out 299 kW (407 metric hp) between 5,700 and 7,000 rpm while the 500 Nm (369 lb-ft) of torque is now available 100 revolutions longer, between 2,250 and 5,700 rpm. Only 7 metric hp more, but hey, something is better than nothing. The 7‑speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission has been tweaked for sportier ratios. The 0-100 km/h (62 mph) sprint time remains to be 3.8 seconds, while the top speed has been increased to 300 km/h (186 mph), 10 km/h (6 mph) more than the standard version with RS Dynamics Package plus.