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Watch the new Audi RS3 break the Nürburgring record: powerful video

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Jun26,2024

Watch the new Audi RS3 break the Nurburgring record: powerful video

Audi RS3 breaks Nurburgring record

Well, that didn't last long. Less than a year ago, BMW boasted that it set the record for the fastest production car in the compact class at the “Green Hell”.

Driven by Jörg Weidinger, the Bavarian coupe overcame the Nordschleife in 7 minutes and 38.71 seconds. This record is already outdated, as the new Audi RS3 managed to break away from it by more than five seconds, writes Motor1.

Still camouflaged as it has yet to be officially unveiled, the 2025 RS3 completed the challenging course in 7 minutes and 33.12 seconds. At the wheel was racer and developer Frank Stippler, driving the hot sedan fitted with semi-slick Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tires. The four-door also received ceramic brakes, stiffer RS-spec adaptive suspension and a retuned chassis.

While the 2025 S3 has more power than before, that's not the case for the facelifted RS3. As the car shown here is a European model, it uses a slightly detuned version of the 2.5 TFSI engine. The power of the turbocharged in-line five is 395 horsepower. In the United States, the restyled RS3 produces 401 “horses”.

The distance was covered in 7 minutes and 33.12 seconds: watch the video

The lack of more power is somewhat disappointing, given that Audi Sport boss Sebastian Grams has hinted at additional power. In an interview in May 2023, he said he was in charge of the RS cars:

The next step is to increase the five-cylinder engine. We will improve it. It is still far from that. We made the RS3 Performance Edition, which is faster, which has more performance, which has bucket seats and different calibration. You can see that we will really improve our products in the future.

The special version he mentioned is a non-American limited edition that has 401 horses, which is the same as the American version of the RS3. Of course, a hotter derivative based on the new RS3 may appear in the coming years. It will most likely use the latest version of the inline-five, as Audi has hinted that this engine won't be around much longer given stricter emissions regulations.

While Americans get more power as standard , Europeans can get their hands on the five-door hatchback as a more refined and powerful alternative to the Volkswagen Golf R. The wraps should be lifted in the coming weeks as Audi begins taking orders for the 2025 RS3 in Europe at the end of August. The dealerships will receive the first cars in October.

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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