The 2022 Audi RS3 Has a 401-HP Five-Cylinder and a Drift Mode

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The 2022 Audi RS3 Has a 401-HP Five-Cylinder and a Drift Mode

The Audi RS3 has always been a compelling pocket rocket, thanks largely to its characterful five-cylinder engine and capable all-wheel drive chassis. That doesn’t look to change for the 2022 RS3, the third iteration of this ultra-powerful bite-size sport sedan.

Audi gave its 2.5-liter five-pot a light rework for the 2022 RS3, and in U.S. spec, it offers up 401 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque, sent to all four wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. That’s not a ton more power and torque than the outgoing RS3, though Audi is quick to point out that those peak figures arrive earlier and carry on for longer. There are also a number of chassis changes that should make the new RS3 quicker and more fun to drive.

Chief among those changes is a new torque-vectoring rear differential Audi calls the “RS Torque Splitter.” It’s similar to the unit to that used in the new Volkswagen Golf R—with which the RS3 shares a platform—and it allows Audi to tweak the handling balance depending on which driving mode. Modes include RS Performance, which is designed to keep the balance very neutral for fast laptimes, and the catchily named RS Torque Rear, which sends more power to the outside rear wheel for oversteering action. Audi will also offer the RS3 with ultra-sticky Pirelli Trofeo R tires, if you’re going for the quickest laptimes possible. Compared with the standard A3, the RS3 sits 10 mm lower on wider tracks front and rear and with more negative camber for increased response. Adaptive dampers are available as an option, as are front carbon-ceramic rotors. For the full story, check out this article from Road & Track.

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