This is the 2022 Audi RS3, which is the most aggressive version of the Audi A3 platform. More than a decade ago, the RS3 made its debut in Europe.
The RS3 was a hot hatch that offered all the necessary rationality and a sporty driving experience. It has improved over the years to provide more power and better handling.
RS models are very rare, but the RS3, which was discontinued last year, is making a return to the United States with substantial upgrades.
This is particularly true for large upgrades to the drivetrain in an effort to keep the title of the best compact sedan. Here’s how Audi transformed the A3 into a road-going drifter.
If you’re looking for a compact performance car that offers a sporty interior and a turbocharged five-cylinder engine, the 2022 Audi RS3 might be the car for you.
This car is loaded with optional packages and features, such as a RS Torque Splitter, a wider track, and heated front sports seats. However, you may want to skip that extra expense and instead opt for a more affordable version.
RS Torque Splitter
The Audi RS Torque Splitter 2022 combines the benefits of Quattro drive with the power of a traditional halo car. The torque splitter uses a patented MVDC synchronization system to send individual torque control to each wheel.
Sensors monitor longitudinal and lateral acceleration, throttle position, and steering angle. The yaw angle is a crucial measurement for the torque-vectoring system. This technology is also a major contributor to the car’s dynamic stability.
Audi developed the RS Torque Splitter for its sporty compact-class RS model. It features a multi-place clutch on each rear output shaft, allowing power to be sent to either rear wheel depending on how the car is driving.
It can also be used to intentionally overload the outside rear wheel, which induces oversteer and to send all available power to one wheel. But it doesn’t stop there. Audi’s RS Torque Splitter has many benefits beyond its performance.
Wider Front Track
The new 2022 Audi RS3 will feature a wider front track, bespoke front wings, and a matte black honeycomb Singleframe grille. It will also feature more oversized air intakes and flared wheel arches.
The car will also feature a full-width vent graphic in the rear bumper. The 2022 Audi RS3 is slated to go on sale in spring 2020.
The new RS3 is about 10 millimeters lower than the current A3, and the car will also come with additional air outlets behind its flared front wheel arches.
The new RS3 also gets wider front, and rear axle tracks and a trick rear differential. The wider front track is intended to increase traction, reducing understeer. Wider tires will also help the RS3 handle corners at a faster rate.
Heated Front Sports Seats
The new Audi RS3 is set to arrive in the U.S. market early in 2022. Unlike the previous RS3s, this one will come standard with heated front seats.
The front seats have an eight-way power adjustment and come with artificial leather/pearl Nappa leather coverings. The seats are upholstered with a combination of fine Nappa leather and RS-spec honeycomb stitching.
Seats in the RS3 will have a heated function and feature climate control. Added comfort is provided by a standard heated steering wheel, seat heating, and lumbar support.
The interior is made with various materials, including artificial leather, Dinamica, and full leather. Those who opt for full leather will find comfortable, supportive heated seats. The rear bench is flat and offers ample space for passengers.
A three-zone climate control system is standard, and the dashboard’s buttons are located in a row on the center console. In addition to the leather-based seats, the interior will feature a two-toned black leather interior.
Torque-vectoring Rear Differential
The new torque-vectoring rear differential on the 2022 Audi RS3 is a game-changer for the German automaker. It doesn’t bring new technology to the RS3 segment, but it does offer new ways to control oversteer.
The system has many similarities with the torque-vectoring rear differential on the Volkswagen Golf R. The RS3’s lateral torque vectoring is more sophisticated than its predecessor’s symmetrical torque distribution.
Besides the new rear differential, the RS3 will also have a trick drift mode. Audi has shared this technology with the Volkswagen Golf R, but it is more effective on the track.
Its torque-vectoring rear differential will allow the driver to shift all the torque to either wheel for maximum performance. Those who love drifting will love the Audi RS3’s new torque-vectoring rear differential.
Advanced LED Lights
The Audi RS3 is the company’s first high-performance sports sedan, and the new technology translates into better visibility.
It also has more advanced LED lights, including a new Digital Matrix LED headlight with lane lights and direction indicators on the highway and an orientation light in the country.
This is the latest example of Vorsprung durch Technik from Audi, making a big difference for drivers and passengers alike.
The RS3 2022’s headlights will be a unique design, with a checkered flag on the front and a new air outlet aft of the front wheels.
Other new features include LED tail lights, which will feature a short strip of the checkered flag in the middle. Regardless of which variant of the RS3 you choose, the LED lights will definitely be the showpiece of the car.