Audi announced that the new RS 3 was the fastest compact car in the Nürburgring: it covered the 20.8 km track in 7 minutes 40.748 seconds and was 4.64 seconds faster than the previous Renault Megane RS Trophy-R record holder. Under the hood, the RS 3 super sedan has a 2.5 turbo five with a capacity of 394 horsepower, and the car was shod in the optional Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R semi-slickers, the automaker specifies.
The race was held in June this year, before the official premiere of the Audi RS 3, so the car is still in camouflage on the video. Not without modifications: in addition to semi-slick cars, the sedan was equipped with a roll cage (standard practice when setting records) and sports front seats, as well as all kinds of sensors, a GPS system and cameras that record the parameters and lap times. The RS 3 was driven by Audi Sport pilot Frank Stippler.
The sedan is powered by a 2.5-liter inline five-cylinder TFSI engine that produces 394 horsepower. It is combined with a seven-speed preselective “robot” and quattro all-wheel drive with traction vectoring function.
RS3 picks up the first “hundred” in 3.8 seconds, and the maximum speed, depending on the settings, can be limited at around 250 or 290 kilometers per hour.
This is not the first record-breaking race over the summer. In June of this year, the Nurburgring record was renewed in the SUV, off-road vehicle, van, pick-up category (crossovers, SUVs, vans and pickups). The fastest was the Porsche Cayenne Coupe Turbo S, which completed the lap in seven minutes 38.925 seconds, displacing the Audi RS Q8 (7: 42.253) from the pedestal.