Video: An 800HP RS3 May Be the Perfect Audi

An 800HP RS3 May Be the Perfect Audi

With so much power on tap, even quattro has a hard time controlling wheelspin.

At first glance, it’s the quintessential Audi. It’s got quattro all-wheel drive. It’s got a turbocharged five-cylinder engine. Heck, it’s even finished in Nardo Grey. This RS3 is about as perfect as it gets – it’s handsome and understated, while offering all-weather performance in a comfortable, luxurious package.

Below the surface, though, things get even better. As YouTuber ThatDudeinBlue demonstrates, this Audi RS3 has more than enough power to embarrass significantly more exotic hardware. Thanks to that inline five-cylinder engine, it sounds great doing it, too.

An 800HP RS3 May Be the Perfect Audi

This RS3 was modified by Eurofed Automotive with an IMS850S upgrade kit from Iroz Motorsport. At the heart of that kit, you’ll find a massive XonaRotor 8264S turbocharger. With supporting modifications, this setup is good for over 800 horsepower, delivered to all four wheels through the magic of quattro all-wheel drive.

Big Power in a Small Package

Keep in mind that that kind of horsepower lives in one of Audi’s smallest cars. A stock RS3 weighs in at just under 3,600 pounds. That’s certainly no lightweight, but it’s far from the heaviest performance machine in Audi’s lineup. For comparison, it’s about 300 to 400 lbs. lighter than an RS4, give or take.

An 800HP RS3 May Be the Perfect Audi

As we can see in the video, this much horsepower is nothing short of brain-melting, even from where we’re sitting. That’s especially true given the sort of hard launches on display. The only two things in this world that launch that hard are all-wheel drive sports cars and the space shuttle.

With the amount of thrust this turbocharged five-cylinder engine is capable of, it might as well be the space shuttle. Regardless of its prodigious power output, though, it still looks stealthy and largely stock.

Call us biased, but to our eyes, Audi sedans – especially the S and RS models – are among the most handsomely-styled machines you can buy. Why mess with perfection?

Speaking of perfection, let’s talk about that sound. There is simply nothing else in the world that sounds like an Audi five-cylinder engine. This RS3 sounds so good, that we’d still be showering it with praise if it made half the horsepower it does now. It’s just that good.

Go ahead and call us fanboys. We won’t mind. Your browser is, after all, pointed to a website called AudiWorld. With that said, it’s vindicating to see ThatDudeinBlue – a YouTuber best known for his Mustang videos – fall head over heels for, as he calls it, “the most Audi Audi that you can buy right now.”

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Family Squabbles: RS 3 vs RS 5 vs RS 6 Avant!

Audi RS 3 vs Audi RS 6 vs Audi RS 5

What was to have been a three-way drag and roll battle between RS trio goes astray when supposedly detuned RS 6 Avant arrives tuned to 11.

Which Audi RS is Best Audi RS? It’s a question that’s hard to answer. After all, some are happy with the RS 3’s small size and performance. Others, meanwhile, might need the room an RS 6 Avant or RS Q8 offer to go with the performance. Even the midsize RS 5 and RS 7 Sportback bring their own reasons for existing to the performance table. It’s truly hard to choose the overall best from the best.

YouTuber Sam CarLegion recently attempted to answer that question in a three-way battle between the RS 3, the RS 5, and the RS 6 Avant. However, the biggest of the bunch brought a shotgun when it was supposed to bring a knife to the fight.

Audi RS 3 vs Audi RS 6 vs Audi RS 5

“This one is quite interesting,” said Sam. “It’s a bit scary, too, because I haven’t done that many high-performance cars […] I kind of have an idea of who is going to win this, but I might be wrong, because I’ve been wrong before. We’re just here to have fun, but we also find out how these things are against each other.”

Sam’s bet, of course, is on the RS 6 Avant. After all, it packs 591 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque to the corners. However, you might’ve noticed the BHP stat on the Audi reading as “unknown.” That’s because the white whale had a tune, one that was supposed to be flashed back to OEM prior to the meeting.

About that…

Audi RS 3 vs Audi RS 6 vs Audi RS 5

“The reason the RS 6 is that fast is because it’s tuned,” Sam writes above. “I was told that the car would be returned to stock engine for this video, but it evidently wasn’t.”

In response to a comment, Sam says he didn’t know it was still tuned until the end of the day. Thus, the real battle was between the RS 3 and RS 5 Sportback. In normal mode, the lighter RS 3 pulls away on the first and second runs. Once Sam learns how to make the most of the RS 5, though, he takes the third run in full sport mode. The fourth drag and single roll runs, however, belong to the RS 3.

Audi RS 3 vs Audi RS 6 vs Audi RS 5

“Looking at the video and all that, I think the RS 6 is definitely tuned,” said Sam. “It makes a lot more horsepower than these two, which technically doesn’t make it a fair video. I wasted my money and my time […] people weren’t honest with me.”

We’d love to see this battle again, but this time with an honest RS 6 Avant owner. That guy didn’t need to flex so hard, after all; his rig would’ve been enough without the tune installed.

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Cameron Aubernon

Cameron Aubernon’s path to automotive journalism began in the early New ’10s. Back then, a friend of hers thought she was an independent fashion blogger.

Aubernon wasn’t, so she became one, covering fashion in her own way for the next few years.

From there, she’s written for: Louisville.com/Louisville Magazine, Insider Louisville, The Voice-Tribune/The Voice, TOPS Louisville, Jeffersontown Magazine, Dispatches Europe, The Truth About Cars, Automotive News, Yahoo Autos, RideApart, Hagerty, and Street Trucks.

Aubernon also served as the editor-in-chief of a short-lived online society publication in Louisville, Kentucky, interned at the city’s NPR affiliate, WFPL-FM, and was the de facto publicist-in-residence for a communal art space near the University of Louisville.

Aside from her contributions to Audi World, Aubernon can be found all through the IB Auto Group family, including 6 Speed Online, LS1Tech, and Team Speed. She also has her own independent automotive blog, Aubernon Highway.

Aubernon can be reached through her public Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook accounts. She is wary of those she doesn’t already know, though; thus, she may not respond to messages sent.

Aubernon is a member of the International Motor Press Association, and the Washington Automotive Press Association.

RS Q8 Slams Door on AMG GLE 63 S in SUV Drag Battle

Audi RS Q8 vs Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S

Even with a driver swap, Audi’s heavy-hitting RS Q8 defeats the heavyweight AMG SUV off the line on an autumn day in South Africa.

When the Audi Q8’s performance isn’t enough, the RS Q8 is there to make every errand feel like track day. After all, you can haul the groceries in the back and your family in the leather seats, and haul ass back home with the twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 funneling 591 horses and 590 lb-ft of torque through the eight-speed and quattro to the road. It’s a heavy-hitter that floats like a butterfly, stings like a bee.

Of course, there are those who’d love to steal the RS Q8’s thunder, like the Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S. On a silver autumn day in South Africa, Cars.co.za‘s Ciro De Siena and Ernest Page pitted the two against each together on the quarter-mile outside of Cape Town. Let’s see who comes out on top, yes?

Audi RS Q8 vs Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S

“This is my unhappy face,” said De Siena. “Do you know why? Because I’ve been asked to race this new Mercedes GLE 63 AMG, and I don’t like it one bit […] Ernest Page is in the new Audi RS Q8. Today, we’re going to be challenging each other for quarter-mile glory.”

We certainly understand De Siena’s plight here. While the AMG’s got 612 horses, it also weighs 441 pounds more than the RS Q8, and looks doofy. Oh, and it’s around $45,000 more expensive. Already, the Audi’s winning by a car length, and we haven’t dropped the flag yet.

2021 Audi RS Q8

“I’m not sure who’s going to win,” said Page, “but I’m quietly confident in the abilities of the much-lighter and cheaper Audi.”

De Siena adds the RS Q8 would get the jump on the AMG, though he believes the electric motor might help reel in the four rings. Nope. Though there were times when the awkward SUV caught up, the Audi pulled away for the win. Perhaps a driver swap might change things?

Audi RS Q8 vs Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S

“The Audi won the first race by about a car length,” said De Sienna. “I really thought the Merc was gonna come back; it didn’t. Now, my job is to make the Audi win again. Because if Ernest beats me in the Merc, I will be very embarrassed and very confused. No pressure.”

No worries, either. De Sienna takes the RS Q8 to its second win, sweeping the AMG into a bucket, and dumping it in the trash. Even Page would rather have the Audi than drive the AMG anymore. Its four-ringed milkshake really does bring the boys to the yard.

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Cameron Aubernon

Cameron Aubernon’s path to automotive journalism began in the early New ’10s. Back then, a friend of hers thought she was an independent fashion blogger.

Aubernon wasn’t, so she became one, covering fashion in her own way for the next few years.

From there, she’s written for: Louisville.com/Louisville Magazine, Insider Louisville, The Voice-Tribune/The Voice, TOPS Louisville, Jeffersontown Magazine, Dispatches Europe, The Truth About Cars, Automotive News, Yahoo Autos, RideApart, Hagerty, and Street Trucks.

Aubernon also served as the editor-in-chief of a short-lived online society publication in Louisville, Kentucky, interned at the city’s NPR affiliate, WFPL-FM, and was the de facto publicist-in-residence for a communal art space near the University of Louisville.

Aside from her contributions to Audi World, Aubernon can be found all through the IB Auto Group family, including 6 Speed Online, LS1Tech, and Team Speed. She also has her own independent automotive blog, Aubernon Highway.

Aubernon can be reached through her public Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook accounts. She is wary of those she doesn’t already know, though; thus, she may not respond to messages sent.

Aubernon is a member of the International Motor Press Association, and the Washington Automotive Press Association.

Audi RS e-tron GT Provides a Rather Electrifying Driving Experience

2022 Audi RS e-tron GT

The 2022 Audi RS e-tron GT is remarkably similar to its Porsche twin, but with a few differences in terms of feel.

It’s only been a few months since the 2022 Audi RS e-tron GT was first revealed, stunning all of us with its drop-dead gorgeous looks and promised electrifying performance. But that’s to be expected from what is essentially a Porsche Taycan in a finely tailored suit, as much as 637 horsepower, and a claimed 0-60 time of 3.1 seconds.

Throw in a scrumptious interior, and you’ve got a rather unconventional/conventional EV for folks that don’t like the general quirkiness of EVs. And now we know what it’s like to drive, too, thanks to mega-popular YouTuber Shmee, or Tim Burton as he’s known in the real world.

2022 Audi RS e-tron GT

Burton currently owns a Taycan Turbo S, so he’s more qualified than most to provide some driving impressions of the new Audi RS e-tron GT, too. First off, he points out a few differences between the two cars. “This car drives remarkably similar to the Taycan, but the steering is different, the pedal feel is different, the sound is different,” Burton says. “In terms of driving, it’s a very welcoming car. When you get out on the open road and put your foot down, it just delivers.”

2022 Audi RS e-tron GT

As is the case with all EVs, the RS e-tron GT is certainly not light, weighing in at over 5,000 pounds. But apparently, it hides that mass well on the road. “You don’t necessarily realize that it’s quite that heavy,” Burton says. “It’s a big car, it’s a long car, but it has rear-wheel steering so it still feels quite agile and nimble on its feet.” Burton also notes that even in Dynamic mode, the steering is still pretty light, but that’s to be expected for a plush vehicle like this.

2022 Audi RS e-tron GT

What’s particularly interesting about the acceleration of the RS e-tron GT, however, is just how similar it is to the more powerful Taycan Turbo S. “This feels the same,” Burton notes. “The same kind of speed, the same kind of instant propulsion that shoves you in the back. That difficulty to lean forward when you’re on the throttle.” So what’s different? “Pretty much everything to do with the driving and your interaction from the steering feel to the feel of the throttle pedal and the brake pedal just being that touch softer,” Burton concludes.

Thus, think of the Audi RS e-tron GT as more of a commuter-friendly version of the sharper Taycan Turbo S, though one that presents few compromises in terms of performance when compared to its sportier twin.

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Salvage RS 3 vs Showroom S3 Duel Upon the Runway of Time

Audi RS 3 vs Audi S3

One packs a turbo-five and a salvage title. The other runs a turbo-four and a factory warranty. Both RS 3 and S3 put on a good show.

Here in the United States, the only S3 available to us is the sedan. Which is fine. However, the sedan’s trunk doesn’t offer the same utility as the hatchback on sale over in Europe. Throw on the power of its 2.0-liter turbo-four, and the only challenger to its throne is the hottest Audi hatch, the RS 3.

Even one nearly a decade older. Carwow‘s Mat Watson recently pitted a brand new S3 against a salvage 2012 RS 3 rebuilt by YouTube channel Saving Salvage. Though Audi fans come out on top of this intra-familial battle, let’s see if older or newer is better.

Audi RS 3 vs Audi S3

“What will happen in a drag race between the new Audi S3 and the old RS 3?” asks Watson. “We’re gonna find out by racing them over the standing quarter-mile.”

The new S3’s turbo-four delivers 310 horses and 295 lb-ft of torque to the corners via a seven-speed auto and the quattro system. The older RS 3, meanwhile, packs a turbo-five with 340 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque. Both weigh exactly 3,472 pounds, and both were priced about the same in their respective time periods. However, the S3’s engine sounds muted through its exhaust, while the RS 3 sounds more alive. A sign of what’s to come?

Audi RS 3 vs Audi S3

“Back in the day, cars sounded better,” said Watson of the RS 3. “Especially five-cylinder units, like in that car. It’s one win to that. Let’s see what happens in the drag race. Hopefully, I can restore some faith in modern cars.”

Nope. On the first go, Watson fluffs the gear change, allowing the RS 3 to soundly beat its younger S3 self. However, he returns the favor on the second run, just by moving off the muddy bits at the line. The final run saw both cross the finish in 12.7 seconds, though the older RS 3 beat the new S3 by a nose.

Audi RS 3 vs Audi S3

Next up: the rolls. The RS 3’s turbo-five pulls away to take the first win while the S3 was in comfort mode. The S3 wins the second roll after the RS 3’s gear changes didn’t work in the older car’s favor. The third and final roll is all RS 3, though, thanks to that turbo-five.

However, the final win would go to the S5. On the emergency stop, the newer Audi stopped in less distance than the older RS 3. As Watson says, “new car brakes better than the old.”

2012 Audi RS 3

“[The RS 3] was written off, and has been rebuilt,” said Watson. “And some of the horses may have escaped in that process, who knows. Whereas this [S3] is brand new.”

While the new S3 stops better, the RS 3’s extra cylinder means it can keep up, if not surpass the new machine. Time marches on, indeed.

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Cameron Aubernon

Cameron Aubernon’s path to automotive journalism began in the early New ’10s. Back then, a friend of hers thought she was an independent fashion blogger.

Aubernon wasn’t, so she became one, covering fashion in her own way for the next few years.

From there, she’s written for: Louisville.com/Louisville Magazine, Insider Louisville, The Voice-Tribune/The Voice, TOPS Louisville, Jeffersontown Magazine, Dispatches Europe, The Truth About Cars, Automotive News, Yahoo Autos, RideApart, Hagerty, and Street Trucks.

Aubernon also served as the editor-in-chief of a short-lived online society publication in Louisville, Kentucky, interned at the city’s NPR affiliate, WFPL-FM, and was the de facto publicist-in-residence for a communal art space near the University of Louisville.

Aside from her contributions to Audi World, Aubernon can be found all through the IB Auto Group family, including 6 Speed Online, LS1Tech, and Team Speed. She also has her own independent automotive blog, Aubernon Highway.

Aubernon can be reached through her public Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook accounts. She is wary of those she doesn’t already know, though; thus, she may not respond to messages sent.

Aubernon is a member of the International Motor Press Association, and the Washington Automotive Press Association.