2018 Audi RS3 vs. RS4 Avant vs. RS5: Battle of the RS Models

2018 Audi RS3 vs. RS4 Avant vs. RS5: Battle of the RS Models

2018 Audi RS3 vs. RS4 Avant vs. RS5

The 2018 Audi RS3, RS4, and RS5 are popular vehicle considerations for many drivers worldwide. Although slightly different vehicles, they can be seen as slightly competitive with each other. The RS4 is a small sedan while the RS4 is an avant and the RS5 is a coupe. Although these cars vary across MSRP and other factors, they have similarities as well. In this article, we will go over each of the models and their basics.

2018 Audi RS3


First, the 2018 Audi RS3 starts at a MSRP of $54,900. The RS3 sports a 2.5-liter five cylinder engine with 400 horsepower and 354 lb.-ft. of torque. With this power, the RS3 can hit 0 to 60 mph in only 3.9 seconds. On top of that, the RS3 can hit a whopping 174 mph, if you’re willing to pay Audi for the tune. The RS3 is sold with S sport seats wrapped in Fine Nappa leather with diamond stitching. The RS3 also comes with full LED headlights, magnetic ride, and an average 22 miles per gallon.

2018 Audi RS4 Avant


Second, the 2018 Audi RS4 Avant is expected to cost an estimated $67,685 at MSRP. The RS4 Avant withholds a twin-turbo 2.9-liter V6 engine producing 450 horsepower and 443 lb.ft. of torque. Unfortunately, the RS4 Avant will not make its way stateside and will only be sold in Europe. Slightly slower than the RS3, the RS4 Avant can hit 62 mph in only 4.1 seconds – quick for a station-wagon. As with the RS3, the top speed is limited to ~150 mph, or 174 mph if you pay for it. The interior is a slight upgrade from the RS3 but contains a similar style and Fine Nappa cross-stitched seats.

2018 Audi RS5


Third and last, the 2018 Audi RS5 is expected to run between $70,000 and $80,000 statewide while in Europe it is currently 80,900 euros ($85,495). The RS5 contains the same motor as the RS4 Avant, a 2.9-liter V6 twin-turbo engine producing 450 horsepower and 442 lb.-ft. of torque. Surprisingly, the RS5 can hit 60 mph in only 3.9 seconds, matching the RS3 and faster than the RS4 Avant. The RS5 will have front and rear five-link suspension as well as a few options. The options include a RS sports suspension with adaptive dampers, carbon ceramic breaks, and dynamic steering.

RS Models Stunning Display of German Engineering

Overall, the 2018 Audi RS3, RS4, and RS5 are a stunning display of German engineering. From the RS3’s reasonable price and speed to the RS5’s options, Audi stepped up the game for 2018. The RS3 and the RS5 both hit 60 mph in only 3.9 seconds, 0.2 seconds faster than the RS4 Avant. This difference is most likely due to the additional weight of the station wagon design. In the end, the RS model that is right for you comes down to your personal preferences and desires.

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