Epic Track Battle Pits the Audi RS 3 Limousine Against the BMW M240i xDrive

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The feral 2022 Audi RS 3 takes down the BMW M240i xDrive in a close fight at the Hockenheimring!

Back for 2022, the Audi RS 3 wasted no time picking fights. Earlier it took down a Renault Mégane R.S. Trophy-R at the Nurburgring. This time Sport Auto initiated the showdown against the BMW M240i xDrive at the Hockenheimring. Why not the BMW M2 CS  you ask? Simple – the M2 outguns the RS 3 in horsepower and cost $40,000 more.

On paper, the M240i is a close match. Closer in price with similar specs, both cars come with turbocharged engines and all-wheel drive. According to the numbers gathered by Fastestlaps, performance specs are evenly matched. Both cars hurl themselves to 60 mph in under four seconds, with the RS 3 narrowly beating the M240i. Neck and neck at the quarter-mile, the RS 3 pulls away from the M240i above 120 mph. Handling is where it gets tricky for the Audi. The RS3 is two seconds slower on the slalom and takes longer to stop.

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While the Hockenheimring is the lesser-known sister to the Nurburgring, it’s a better course to test acceleration, braking, and handling. 16 of the corners bend 90 degrees or more, with a hairpin thrown in for good measure. Turns 12 thru 16 happen in rapid succession, keeping a good car off balance and putting a bad car into the weeds. Sebastian Vettel set a record lap of 1.11.21 in a Ferrari F1 car. Cars like the Audi R8 V10 Performance or Mercedes AMG GT manage a lap in 1.53. The Audi RS 3 and BMW M240i xDrive both did it in a shade over two minutes, with the RS 3 eeking out the win by a tenth of a second.

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That two terriers are within seven seconds of the big dogs is impressive. But it’s not all about how fast you go, but how you go fast. Racing is about numbers, but driving is about the experience. For the longest time, BMW held that mantle. The E46 3-series exemplifies this credo, alive with great handling and incredible inline-6 engines. But BMW lost the plot when the company intentionally gave up that edge to generate more sales from people who wanted a prestigious Pontiac.

Thankfully, Audi picked up that mantle. While the BMW looks smoother going around the track, it also seems clinical. Turbocharging muted the inline-6 and the whole experience looks no different than a fast lap at the helm of Gran-Turismo 7. But the Audi is feral. Part of that ferociousness comes from the growl of the inline-5 cylinder engine. But an equal part is from the homework Audi did to sharpen the chassis and improve the differential, which includes torque-vectoring and a drift mode. The RS 3 doesn’t attack corners in the video, it eats them. A tenth of a second is barely worth mentioning. Run it again and the M240i might beat the RS 3 with the fastest time. But it will never beat the RS 3 on the fun-to-drive factor.

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Mark Webb is fascinated by anything automotive and particularly loves cars that are unusual or have a good story. He’s owned a variety of cars from 60’s muscle, Japanese imports, and oddities like a VW Thing and Porsche 924. After 20 years in the automotive and tech industries, he’s a walking encyclopedia of car info and is always on the lookout for his next project or a good road trip.

Fetch Yourself a Serious Performance Upgrade With the New Unitronic Dogbone Mount

UnitronicAudi RS3 or an Audi TT RS you are already a lucky dog. These fine performance machines wear the coveted RS badge. That means that they have been tested and tuned on the Nürburgring for maximum performance under extreme conditions. However, even extreme, hard-core sports cars have margin for improvement. The folks at Unitronic know this as well as anyone. They develop tunes and products for most Audi models including the extra special RS cars. The latest product to come out of Unitronic is their Dogbone Mount, also referred to as the Pendulum Mount. The Dogbone Mount will be compatible with the 2017 to 2020 RS3 and the 2017 to 2021 TT RS.

2019 Audi TT RSavailable now. It will set you back $499.99. Your racecar build will have to wait just a little bit longer. The red track oriented Dogbone Mount is expected to arrive in April 2022. Pricing for that one has yet to be announced. This is one of those upgrades that no one will ever see, but you will be able to feel it from behind the wheel. If you want to go fast you don’t want your car wheels to be jumping off the ground. This is a reasonable investment that will give your car that little extra edge on road or track.

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2022 Audi RS3 Can Allegedly Hit the 62 MPH in 3.1 Seconds

2022 Audi RS3 Can Allegedly Hit the 62 MPH in 3.1 Seconds

We join Auditography for another exciting video where the all-new 2022 Audi RS3 drifts around the Austrian Alps sporting a menacing Mythos Black paint job.

Like us, Auditography also has a soft spot for sporty offerings from the Ingolstadt brand. The YouTube channel’s latest video features an all-black 2022 Audi RS3 sedan, which dances around the winding roads of the Austrian Alps. We recently discussed another Auditography video that featured an Audi S3 equipped with Motoren Technik Mayer’s Stage 3 tuning kit.

Unlike the 2-liter four-cylinder engine of the German tuner’s super hatch, a stock albeit much larger 2.5-liter five-cylinder powerplant sits under the hood of the 2022 Audi RS3 sedan. The motor produces 401 HP of maximum power and 360 lb-ft of peak torque courtesy of its turbocharger setup. It’s between 5600 and 7000 RPM that one gets to truly experience the incredible power of this RS3’s TFSI engine.

The RS3 didn’t receive an update for the 2021 model year. In comparison to the previous model, the powerplant of the new model only produces one horsepower more than its predecessor. A 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox redirects the power to all four wheels.

2022 Audi RS3 Can Allegedly Hit the 62 MPH in 3.1 Seconds

Auditography claims that the 2022 Audi RS3 hit the 62 MPH mark in just 3.1 seconds during their testing.

According to Audi, its sporty new limousine can accelerate to 62 MPH from a complete standstill in just 3.8 seconds and achieve a top speed of 180 MPH. Throughout the video, we are also greeted by cinematic shots of the RS3 sliding through the Winter Wonderland of the Austrian Alps.

We also get to cherish the intoxicating exhaust note of the sports sedan’s new active exhaust. Audi plans to become an electric-only brand by 2033 and will soon phase out its internal combustion powertrains, making videos like these all the more special. The Darth Vader of Audi’s product portfolio dominates the snowy terrains with ease thanks to its Quattro all-wheel-drive setup.

Audi offers the 2022 RS3 with a set of 19-inch alloy wheels. The car seen in the video rides on winter tires and sports Audi’s rich Mythos black paint option. In its murdered out garb, the Audi RS3 looks genuinely menacing. The all-black color scheme also extends to the interiors of this RS3.

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A Street-Legal KTM X-Bow is in Development

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The road-going KTM X-Bow will pack the same engine as the Audi RS3, and should deliver insane performance.

When I wrote about the latest version of the KTM X-Bow back in 2020, I called it a “top contender for the coolest car rocking Audi power.” And for what it’s worth? I stand by that. It’s a wicked-looking track weapon designed to deliver quick lap times and destroy the competition, and it’s been successful in race series around the world. There’s nothing “race car for the road” about this machine either, as it’s not street legal even — even on its home turf of Austria. But that’s about to change, as KTM is developing a road-going version. Have mercy.

Like the track-only version, the new KTM supercar will sport the same mill as Audi’s RS3, which Ingolstadt ships with 401 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. Now, once the mad scientists at KTM got their hands on it, the little five-pot was stoked to deliver a whopping 600 horsepower and 531 lb-ft of torque in the track machines. Given all the emissions restrictions that street-legal cars are required to conform to, it’s unclear whether those sky-high numbers will be sustainable. But we do know that gear changes will be handled by KTM’s seven-speed direct-shift transmission, and that, unlike the Audi, the X-Bow will be rear-wheel drive.

KTM X-Bow

Of course, even if KTM doesn’t manage to get more poke out of Audi’s mill, performance will be spine-tingling. Because by any measure, the X-Bow is a featherweight, as it’s constructed from a Dallara-sourced, 176-pound carbon monocoque. Race versions tip the scales at around 2,300 pounds, so it’ll be interesting to see how close the company can get to that number after it adds all the necessary safety equipment required to register it. As you might expect, there’s little hope that X-Bow will be legal to drive on our shores…

Well, except that something similar has been available here before. Back in 2014, English company Radical unleased the RXC and RXC Turbo on well-heeled Americans. And while the power levels were more modest in comparison to the KTM’s, so was the weight — as the Brits delivered a street-legal version that weighed less than 2,000 pounds. And as insane as that sounds? I can assure you that the performance will blow your mind. Because I was once a passenger in a Radical powered by a Suzuki Hayabusa engine, and even though that was over a decade ago, nothing since has compared in the slightest. Hopefully, we’ll get some video of this baby in action soon!

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Rowdy, Racy & Rude: Is the New RS3 the Epitome of the Badge?

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No-holds Barred Audi RS3 Quicker than Original Veyron Around the ‘Ring

We have covered it already in our Audi TT RS road test, but Audi and promised that it will end internal combustion engine development in its electric quest with a mooted all-electric range by 2033. Somehow, however, it seems not everyone at Ingolstadt is singing off the same sheet. And here’s another reason why. Enter the latest full-blooded gasoline-burning rip-snorting RS3 Sportback.

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RS3 is Audi’s Rowdiest Five Pot Yet

Best of all, it is the rowdiest loudest, most powerful version of the company’s turbo straight-five engine yet. It’s so good it that it almost seems that the boys at RS are using their 3 to show the world a giant red finger. Almost!

It’s not hugely more powerful. This latest, could it be ultimate RS3 musters all of 401 horses. Or just one HP more than the last one. But it’s how this all-aluminum port and direct fuel injected and intercooled turbo 2.5-liter twin-cam 20-valve five-pot pulls so hard to its 7000-rpm redline that makes it so different. A new active exhaust really makes it shout. It’s still stereo augmented, that basic soundtrack is so good that worrying about the fake bit doesn’t even matter anymore.

Torque is up too. RS3 Sportback gains a handy 15 pound-feet to 369 lb.-ft through the same 7-speed dual-clutch automatic as the TT RS with its various shift programs. And launch control. We will probably find that Audi’s claimed 3.8 seconds to 60 mph and an 11.8 second ¼-mile claims will be conservative. We managed three and a half to sixty with the old one and they said it’d do four. Let’s see where this one ends up anon. Top speed is limited to 155 mph. Add an RS Dynamic package to up it to 180.

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RS3 Dynamic Drive Really is a Hoon

Among RS3’s various drive settings, is one called Dynamic. It really is a hoot and forces you to paddle shift. Best of all however, you can adjust the level of torque you’d like the quattro all-wheel drive to send aft via a new RS Performance mode. A pair of independent clutch packs conspire to shift drive to the rear axle, and to either rear wheel. Just select RS Torque Rear mode in the Drive Select menu. To help RS3 rotate. Get my drift?

To the ends of its new rear slant, RS3 also now runs on a staggered 265/30R-19s up front and a 245/35R-19 wheel and tire set-up at the rear. And a torque-vectoring rear axle that invites far more aggressive driving too.

RS3’s strut front suspension gains exclusive pivot bearings and an extra degree of negative camber over a normal A3. Makes it far more responsive. But likely accelerates tire wear too. What we do for ultimate performance? There’s also an extra half-degree negative camber on the rear wheels. Where the multilink set-up also gains a hollow anti-roll bar. RS3 rides an inch lower than the A3. A little under half an inch lower than the S3.

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Beats a Veyron Around the Nürburgring

All of which has conspired to allow a stock RS3 to lap the Nürburgring Nordscheife in 7 minutes 40.8 seconds. To quantify that, it’s quicker than the original Bugatti Veyron.

But wait, there’s more! RS3 of course carries all those latest Audi A3 and S3 updates across in far more premium cabin. Which means there’s 10.1-inch haptic touchscreen integrated to the dash with all the very latest gadgets inside, a 12.3-inch RS configurable digital instrumentation and a RS design package that adds red or green accents across the cabin. Which of course has all the right performance bits like bucket sets, cool pedals, and the rest.

So yes, the all-new Audi RS3 Sportback is a bit of a screamer. That much is for sure. It will be in the US by early next year. Expect to part with a little less than $60K for one. And enjoy it while it lasts. It won’t be long before Audi’s brand architects take that RS finger and… well.

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Figure it Out

We’ll leave that one to you to best figure it out. But this rowdy, racy and really quite rude little car may very well be the epitome of the RS3. Sad as that may seem…

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