The brand new Audi RS3 saloon has lapped the ‘Ring in 7:40, beating the Renault Megane RS Trophy-R
It’s about time we had a brand new Nurburgring lap report for the quickest compact automotive. The Renault Megane RS Trophy-R set the earlier report over two years in the past, which, by way of Nurburgring bragging rights, is kind of a very long time. Bear in mind when the Megane and Civic Kind R have been seemingly leapfrogging one another each week?
The newest Audi RS3 has simply blitzed the 12.9-mile (20.8km) Nordschleife monitor in 7 minutes 40.75 seconds, which is over 4.5 seconds faster than the Megane’s official 7:45.39 time. It’s additionally two almost two seconds faster than the Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT, and never one million miles slower than the Mercedes-AMG GT 63’s 7:27.8 time.
As is the way in which with Nurburgring information, although, the Renault can nonetheless stake a declare to be the quickest front-wheel-drive automotive to lap the ‘Ring. Provided that the Audi is way more highly effective and has four-wheel drive, it’s maybe stunning the distinction between them isn’t bigger.
The one modification was a set of Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R semi-slick tyres, that are non-compulsory in some international locations however not accessible within the UK. Boo. We’ll blame the quantity of rain we get for that call.
The brand new Audi RS3 is the primary Audi to get a torque splitter, which controls the quantity of torque despatched to every rear wheel. By way of quick corners it sends essentially the most energy to the outer wheel, giving a greater turn-in and elevated precision. It’s this torque splitter that was the distinction for Frank Stippler, the motive force of the record-breaking Audi.
“Usually, the brand new RS3 is way more agile when driving from the center of the curve to its finish and when accelerating out of the curve. For me, the torque splitter is a quantum leap by way of agile driving.”
An RS Efficiency driving mode additionally helps to provide a impartial dealing with expertise, lowering oversteer and understeer. We’re informed there are two configurations for this driving mode: one for uneven racetracks just like the Nurburgring, and one other for smoother circuits like Hockenheimring.
The RS3 hits 0-62mph in simply 3.8 seconds, making it the quickest-accelerating sizzling hatch accessible proper now. Prime pace stands at 180mph in the event you tick the correct choice field. UK gross sales begin later this month, with the five-door RS3 Sportback beginning at £50,900 and the four-door saloon costing £1,000 extra.