2022 Audi RS3. With a potent 401-hp turbocharged five-cylinder engine, the 2022 Audi RS3 is the raciest version of the company’s small luxury sedan. Based on the four-door Audi A3 and the sportier S3–but blessed with even more power and enhanced chassis tuning–the next-gen RS model will challenge hi-po rivals such as the BMW M2 coupe and Mercedes-AMG CLA45 sedan. The Audi’s sharply creased sheetmetal as well as its stylish, nicely appointed interior make it a compelling class player, but we won’t know how its performance stacks up until we drive one. We’re also still waiting on full details about the 2022 RS3, which is expected to go on sale by the end of the year. One of the most distinct elements of the RS3 is its unusual five-cylinder engine. Its odd number of cylinders give it a unique thrumming soundtrack that was particularly pleasing on the outgoing model. The latest iteration is again a turbocharged 2.5-liter, but it now makes 401 horsepower. Its predecessor also featured a dual-clutch automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. We expect both to be standard on the new RS3, and Audi has said that it’ll also have a torque-vectoring rear differential with a drift mode. Likewise, compared with the lesser A3 and S3, the sportiest 3 should have upgraded brakes, a stiffer suspension setup, and a unique set of wheels on stickier performance tires.
Iconic 5-cylinder engine.
Its unique, 2.5-liter, 5-cylinder turbocharged engine pumps out a formidable 401 HP and unleashes a distinct, charismatic growl when you hit the throttle, making it loud and clear: the 2022 Audi RS 3 is here to thrill.
Raw character from every angle.
From front to back, the bold new design of the Audi RS 3 immediately engages you with its intense angles and curves. Its striking side air inlets and front flared wheel arches encourage staring, highlighting the performance within. At the rear, its two, large oval tailpipes stand out prominently, leaving no doubt: this is an Audi with extraordinary character.
A mode for every mood.
The compellingly intelligent, dynamic handling of the Audi RS 3 is immediately evident. Whether it’s via the RS torque splitter diverting power individually to the rear wheels, or its three Audi drive select RS modes that offer specific settings for the drivetrain and chassis. Whatever driving mode you prefer—RS Individual, RS Performance, or RS Torque Rear—the RS 3 anticipates your every driving need.