2023 Audi RS3 Performance Revealed With 401 HP And 186 MPH Top Speed

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The rest of the world is finally playing catch-up with America's Audis.

Audi has debuted a new, more powerful Audi RS3 in both sedan and Sportback guise everywhere but in North America. But before you get upset, it's not that we're missing out, but rather that the rest of the world is finally playing catch up.

At the launch of the RS3, the car's project manager told us that America gets the best RS3 that is louder and more powerful than anywhere else because of "various European restrictions" like emissions. But now, Audi has found a way around that.

Meet the new Audi RS3 Performance Edition, now with six more horsepower.

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Yep. Six. Audi has bumped power from 401 metric horsepower to 407. In good ol' American horses, that works out to the same 401 we've had since the car arrived. But the Performance Edition is more than a mere few extra horsepower.

First of all, the engine has been tweaked by adding more boost to the legendary five-cylinder's turbo. Exhaust tweaks have also been made for better power and sound, yielding the extra ponies. Audi has further widened the torque band by 100 rpm, with the car's 369 lb-ft available from 2,250 to 5,700 rpm.

The RS3 Performance will nail the 0-62 mph sprint in 3.8 seconds before running into its top speed limiter at 186 mph - 6 mph higher than the US-spec RS3 with the optional Dynamic plus package.

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Audi doesn't fiddle with the car's suspension but instead adds the usually-optional front carbon ceramic brakes as standard. On top of that, the vehicle gets exclusive 19-inch wheels with P Zero Trofeo R tires. A black diffuser is fitted at the back, and black Audi badging is used throughout.

Compared to models like the Audi RS5 Competition, the upgrades are relatively subtle.

Inside, Audi heavily uses its Dinamica microfiber and Nappa leather on the bucket seats. Accents are done in Mercato Blue and can be found just about anywhere there isn't Dinamica or leather. That means the seat belts, stitching, and even the door panels come with the stuff. It reminds us a little of the blue suede interiors of Audi Avants of the past.

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Audi has changed the background of the RS3's 10.1-inch screen to look like carbon, and special "1 of 300" badging is fitted to the dash on the passenger side. That's because only 300 will be built, split between the hatchback and sedan body styles with a limited color palette of Nogaro Blue (a throwback to the Audi RS2), Daytona Gray, Arrow Gray, Glacier White, Sebring Black, and Sebring Black Crystal. Deliveries begin in 2023 with the Sportback carrying a price of €75,000 ($73,850) and the sedan €77,000 ($75,800).

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