2013 Audi RS4 Avant vs 2017 Audi RS3 Sedan: new vs used

2013 Audi  RS4 Avant vs 2017 Audi RS3 Sedan

WHILE it might not be an obvious comparison, both of these pragmatic RS-badged Audis come with a glorious soundtrack.

And with the upcoming RS4 to add two turbos, but lose two cylinders from its Porsche-sourced 2.9-litre V6, they could be some of the last truly aurally special Audis. Except, that concept is largely blown apart, thankfully, by the five-pot screamer in the Audi RS3 – now available as a booted, and backseat-friendly sedan.

2017 Audi RS3 SedanIt also comes with the updated, force-fed 2.5-litre engine which made it’s debut in the TT RS. So this represents an interesting matchup if you want a fast, soulful Audi with room to spare. Of course, you’ll also need about $85K to play with; and steer clear of the expensive options list if you take the new-car route.

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Such is the rate of progress that the new kid on the block offers oomph akin to a supercar of the not-too-distant past.

The RS3 will sprint to 100km/h in just 4.1 seconds – or, 0.6 seconds faster than the RS4. Both are aided by venerable quattro all-wheel drive, dual-clutch gearboxes and launch control, but the sedan’s lighter weight and extra torque wins.

2013 Audi RS4 AvantHowever, the B8 RS4 shouldn’t be forgotten so quickly as experiencing the undersquare 4.2-litre V8 hitting its 8250rpm crescendo is a truly epic automotive event. Fitted with the optional sports diff it also attacks corners with abandon – if only it didn’t do the same with potholes.

The RS3 sedan, with its wider front tyres compared to the rear, makes a solid case as an effortlessly fast compact sedan. Its warbling heart is reason enough, yet it’s also entry into the realm of RS for less than $100K.

Although, as a last bastion of naturally aspirated V8 Audis, the sonorous RS4 makes a compelling case for a future classic – just keep your poor dog out of the back.

  2017 Audi RS3 Sedan 2013 Audi RS4 Avant
Engine 2480cc inline-five, DOHC, 20v, turbo 4163cc V8, DOHC, 32v
Power 294kW @ 5850-7000rpm 331kW @ 8250 rpm
Torque 480Nm @ 1700-5850rpm 430Nm @ 4000rpm
Weight 1440kg 1795kg
0-100km/h 4.1sec (claimed) 4.7sec (claimed)
Price $84,900 $149,400 (new)

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