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    RS3 Supercar For The Common Man

    more rumours from Autocar:

    RS3 SUPERCAR FOR THE COMMON MAN

    The most powerful, most capable – and most desirable – variant of Audi’s latest A3 has finally been granted the production green light by the German car maker’s chairman, Martin Winterkorn.

    Set to receive RS3 badges, Ingolstadt’s new 350bhp rocket will bypass the traditional hot-hatch brigade and land directly in the territory occupied today by the Subaru Impreza WRX, at last providing Europe with a worthy rival to the iconic rally-bred Japanese saloon.

    Engineers at Audi’s Sport division – the same team responsible for the ’Bahn-storming RS4 and RS6 – have already started developing the new car, which is planned to reach the UK by mid-2006 in hatchback and Sportback estate bodystyles, as previewed by our exclusive images.

    But before the new Ł35,000 über-hatch lands here, Audi plans to unleash a milder S3 model running a naturally aspirated 280bhp version of the same 3.2-litre V6. Aimed at cars like the Ford Focus RS, Alfa Romeo 147 GTA and Volkswagen Golf R32, it will arrive in 2005 priced around Ł26,000, according to well-placed Audi sources.

    Yet while the S3’s launch is eagerly anticipated on these shores, it is the more aggressive RS3 that will make the bigger headlines. With a state-of-the-art turbocharged powerplant and an advanced four-wheel drive system capable of constantly varying the drive to each axle, it promises to deliver supercar-slaying performance for the price of a well-kitted executive car.

    Recent hot Audi models have been big on stealth, with little more than a handful of styling modifications hinting at the huge performance that lies beneath. The RS3 continues this tradition with an inherently muscular but hardly flamboyant appearance that’s dominated by Audi’s imposing new shield grille positioned up front, as seen on the recently introduced A6 and A8 W12. It will quickly become a trademark of all Audi models.

    Among the changes over the standard A3 are a deep spoiler with a trio of large air ducts, more heavily flared wheelarches, wider side sills under the doors, an additional spoiler atop the rear hatch and an extended rear bumper that’s designed to draw air more cleanly from underneath.

    Insiders say that these styling modifications – whose aerodynamic characteristics have been carefully honed in Audi’s own wind tunnel – might be subtle, but they all serve a particular purpose, rather than merely enhancing the looks.

    These purposeful looks are backed up by the sort of firepower rarely seen in the hatchback ranks. Under the RS3’s bonnet lurks a heavily refettled version of the Volkswagen Group’s 24-valve 3.2-litre V6, as used in today’s top-of-the-range A3.

    Mounted transversely, the compact 15-degree unit has been upgraded with the inclusion of Audi’s advanced FSI (fuel stratified injection) direct-injection tech and, in keeping with earlier models to wear the illustrious RS badge, it is also turbocharged.

    The result is an appreciable 100bhp jump over the output of today’s 3.2-litre V6, highly placed Audi sources confirm. They hint the upcoming RS3 is likely to serve a tantalising 350bhp in final production trim. With a target weight of 1560kg, this means a power-to-weight ratio close to 225bhp per tonne – an impressive 30bhp per tonne more than Subaru claims for the Japanese-spec Impreza WRX STi. Torque should also be prodigious, swelling from an already impressive 250lb ft to more than 335lb ft.

    It won’t only be the engine that places the RS3 at the top of enthusiasts’ shopping lists. In keeping with recent fast Audis, the new car will adopt a six-speed DSG dual-clutch gearbox with a paddle nudge-shift manual over-ride.

    Drive is channeled through an electronically controlled multi-plate Haldex clutch. It apportions power to all four wheels, continuously alternating the split from zero to 100 per cent for optimum traction regardless of the conditions.

    With the advanced driveline dishing up such high levels of traction, acceleration should be at least as good as that of the giant-killing Impreza WRX. It’s still too early for final figures, but an Autocar engineering source privy to early technical data revealed the RS3 will receive a 3.6:1 final drive ratio and should run 0-60mph in under 5.0sec – almost 2.0sec faster than today’s fastest A3.

    Top speed will be limited to 155mph, like all of Audi’s high-end models. Without the restrictor, the true figure is said to be closer to 170mph.

    Forming the basis of the RS3 is a reworked version of the Volkswagen Group’s versatile PQ35 Golf chassis. Suspension geometry remains the same as lesser A3 models, but engineers have introduced new levels of tautness to the MacPherson strut (front) and multi-link (rear) suspension.

    The changes are predictable and in line with recent hot Audi models: stiffer springs and dampers, less compliant bushes, beefed up anti-roll bars, reduced ride height and widened tracks. Underneath the flared wheelarches lurk purposeful 235/40 profile tyres on 18-inch alloys.

    The A3’s electrically assisted power steering will be carried over without any significant changes, but the brakes will be heavily upgraded with a similar disc and caliper pairing as that seen on the discontinued RS4, according to Autocar sources.

    Inside, the RS3 will pamper its occupants with a high level of luxury by traditional fast hatchback standards. Among the items prospective buyers can expect are heavily contoured Recaro sports seats offering a higher level of lateral support than standard A3 pews, alongside typical RS elements such as unique instrument graphics and subtle changes in the dashboard trim.

    Our artist’s impressions show a three-door RS3 hatchback, but this summer’s new five-door Sportback estate will also come in hot RS3 form (right). The Sportback range will be unveiled this summer and go on sale in the autumn. It’s designed more as a lifestyle estate than an out-and-out load lugger. However, with a boot of around 400 litres, it offers an extra 50 litres of space compared to the hatchback. It shares a wheelbase with the three-door, but adds an extra 100mm in the rear overhang.

    The S3 hot hatch will be assembled at Audi’s sprawling Ingolstadt headquarters, while the more potent RS3 will be built at the firm’s increasingly active Sport division base in Neckarsulm – the same facility responsible for the assembly of the RS4 and RS6 and a limited run of Lamborghini Gallardos.

    Production volumes aren’t yet decided, but it appears that Audi’s earlier strategy of restricting RS numbers will be dropped for higher volumes – and therefore higher profits.

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    Re: RS3 Supercar For The Common Man

    bring the pain, about time!

    lets hope these rumours come to fruition [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img]

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    Re: RS3 Supercar For The Common Man

    Here are some pics of an Sportback RS3 bi-turbo test mule from audipassion.com, caught testing in Ingolstadt:



    Here is the article from Audipassion, in French:

    http://www.audipassion.com/univers_a...3_v6/index.php

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    Re: RS3 Supercar For The Common Man

    not sure if i like it....

    but hey, if the exhaust spits out coins its gotta be good [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/goofy.gif[/img]

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    Re: RS3 Supercar For The Common Man

    RS3 by mid 2006? The hot hatch market will have caught up by then, and the rally bred Japanese saloons will have moved up another level. By then it will be competing with the likes of Cosworth Focus or the Alfa 147 replacement (possibly using its new Q4 drive train)

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    Re: RS3 Supercar For The Common Man

    Well, I'm drooling at the prospect [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

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    Re: RS3 Supercar For The Common Man

    That Sportback is very stealth. Looks like a normal sportback with just the S-Line wheels and coin spitting exhaust. Or maybe thats all it is.


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    Re: RS3 Supercar For The Common Man

    I agree on the exhaust, but the door looks different too [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img]



    I stand corrected, door trim looks the same too



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    Re: RS3 Supercar For The Common Man

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    The guy who took the pic most stupid.... Why didn´t he take a photo of the engine? There are no people who stops him and the car seams unlocked, thu the doors are open!

    [/ QUOTE ]

    According to the Audipassion article (translated from French)

    ... that the guy who took pics found the exhaust looked pipe very weird...

    so he decided to take a "better" look ! the tachometer is graduate up to 280 km/h, and the sticker on the steering wheel ask not to go over 7500 Rpm...

    The audi's driver refused answer question, but don't deny the car had a V6 biturbo... Then he start the engine and the noise was absolutely astonishing...

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    I Made some detective work! The Sportsback seams to have a tachometer to 280km/h so that nothing new!


    And the exhauste could still be a third part exaust! And the sticker could just be a joke! So this proves nothing! I don´t say that it isn´t an S3 or RS3, just that it could be someone of those third part manufactures that have a very close partnership with Audi that have borowed a car to make some styling and exhaust systems! Now I´m not just the idiot here, now Im the boring guy to!

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    Re: RS3 Supercar For The Common Man

    looks like ****** to me [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smirk.gif[/img]

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    Can you please explane "******"?

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    Re: RS3 Supercar For The Common Man

    on their web site I found that picture as well
    eventhough it could be a photoshop job it still looks very nice

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    Hey trident21. I am seriously considering an A3 Sportback 3.2 6speed when they arrive in Canada next year. Can you comment on the preformance and handling of them. I currentl have an A4 1.8t and find it a bit pokey. Maybe I should wait till the S3 or Rs3.

    Thanks for the help

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    Re: RS3 Supercar For The Common Man

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    Can you please explane "******"?

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    Are you serious? [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/laugh_2.gif[/img]

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    Can you please explane "******"?

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    Balls, nuts, tesitcles... another way of saying its bull sh*t or crap. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/lol.gif[/img]

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    Re: RS3 Supercar For The Common Man

    That caramac interior is disgusting!

    If it was a test mule the car would be full of monitering equipment from motion sensors to noise sensors etc etc. It wouldnt be kitted out in full leather etc etc.

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    on their web site I found that picture as well
    eventhough it could be a photoshop job it still looks very nice

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    Now that, is sexy!

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    Re: RS3 Supercar For The Common Man

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    [ QUOTE ]
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    on their web site I found that picture as well
    eventhough it could be a photoshop job it still looks very nice

    [/ QUOTE ]

    Now that, is sexy!

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    Whatever goes out S3 or RS3 I hope it looks like this [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/1luvu.gif[/img]

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    StephV6 said:
    [ QUOTE ]
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    [ QUOTE ]
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    on their web site I found that picture as well
    eventhough it could be a photoshop job it still looks very nice

    [/ QUOTE ]

    Now that, is sexy!

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    Whatever goes out S3 or RS3 I hope it looks like this [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/1luvu.gif[/img]

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    I want one! now to find the money! Are blonde women still sellable in the middle east? [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/shocked.gif[/img]

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    Did you get that blonde women thing from the Movie Spartan??? [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img]

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    Re: RS3 Supercar For The Common Man

    [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/beerchug.gif[/img]

    Don't remind me of Qatar!!
    Got lost on the Doha Roundabout once while doing the 'bacon run' from Dubai...

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    no i used to work in Qatar!!

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    Man I was just there last week!!! I stayed at the Intercontinental Doha [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

    Oh and BTW, these roundabouts really get me lost!
    [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

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    Re: RS3 Supercar For The Common Man

    what did you think?

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    Re: RS3 Supercar For The Common Man

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    what did you think?

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    About Qatar?? It has a very good and rich futur ahead!!!! I mean, I knew Dubai in the late 80's... well since then Dubai has dramaticaly changed! I went for easter and stayed at the Jumeira Beach Hotel... very nice!

    But Qatar is still dead... only for business...but soon we'll hear a huge economic boom over there and things will change!


    G

    [/ QUOTE ]

    i spent a weekend at the Emirates towers loved it so different to Qatar, but they have the money to cacth up, they already have there race track.

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    Re: RS3 Supercar For The Common Man

    [ QUOTE ]
    MarkS3 said:
    [ QUOTE ]
    RastaS4 said:
    [ QUOTE ]
    MarkS3 said:
    what did you think?

    [/ QUOTE ]

    About Qatar?? It has a very good and rich futur ahead!!!! I mean, I knew Dubai in the late 80's... well since then Dubai has dramaticaly changed! I went for easter and stayed at the Jumeira Beach Hotel... very nice!

    But Qatar is still dead... only for business...but soon we'll hear a huge economic boom over there and things will change!


    G

    [/ QUOTE ]

    i spent a weekend at the Emirates towers loved it so different to Qatar, but they have the money to cacth up, they already have there race track.

    [/ QUOTE ]

    Yeah I stayed there once too, I love the bar on the top floor... very nice! Yeah I know about Qatar, they have the Moto Grand Prix on the 3rd of October... And, Qatar is ranked third biggest reserve of natural gas in the world! They have 17,9 trillion cubic meters of it man!!! Very very very very very wealthy!!

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