“Developed for maximum performance”, Audi has unwrapped the RS3 performance edition. Only 300 examples will be made. 

RS3 performance

So, what sets this model apart from its standard stablemate (see local pricing here)? Well, for starters, Audi Sport has handed the limited-edition model’s 2.5-litre five-pot more power. The RS3 performance edition produces 299 kW (an increase of 4 kW), now available at 100 revs later in the rev band. That is from 5 700 to 7 000 r/min. The torque output remains the same at 500 Nm. However, the torque is now available for 100 revs longer (2 250 to 5 700 r/min). 

As a result, the performance edition has a higher top speed. The Ingolstadt-based brand says these models are the first in their segment to reach a maximum speed of 300 km/h (the standard models have a top speed of 250 km/h or 290 km/h when specifying the RS Dynamic package Plus). The 0-100 km/h sprint time has remained the same at 3.8 seconds. 

In addition, the standard RS sports exhaust system has been “slightly” adapted for the RS3 performance edition. Featuring fully variable exhaust flap control, which broadens the sound spectrum, the exhaust sound is “even more present”. 

The RS3 performance edition features RS sports suspension with adaptive damper control for “tighter” handling. The performance edition models ride on exclusive 19-inch alloy wheels, shod in 265/35 front and 245/35 rear Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R rubber. Six-piston ceramic brakes with 380 mm discs (front) and 310 mm rear discs bring the special edition to a stop.

As this is a special edition, the RS3 performance edition variants also feature several exclusive items. The matrix LED headlamps feature darkened bezels. The daytime-running lights display a checkered flag on the passenger side and “3-0-0” on the driver’s side when opening the car. A first for an RS3, front bucket seats are standard on these models.