Audi has stopped the Audi RS3 Sportback and sedan production for environmental reasons. The cars should conform to new Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP).
So, they will be temporarily unavailable to order in the countries with EU homologation (Europe, Australia).
Audi in Australia believes the production to be renewed in early 2019. For several months customers will be able to purchase the RS 3 kept on stock.
Audi is the latest among European car makers to be affected by the switch from NEDC to WLTP emission standards. Previously Volkswagen, Seat, Porsche, as well as Peugeot with its 308 GTi had to revise their models’ high-performance powertrains.
We wonder, whether the WLTP changes will force Audi to modify the motors’ outputs.
The current Audi RS3’s engine lineup includes a 2.5-liter 400-hp turbo V5 with 480Nm of torque combined with a quattro four-wheel drive system and a 7-speed S tronic dual-clutch gearbox.
As claimed, the Sportback (pictured) and sedan accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.1 seconds, having fuel efficiency at 8.4 l/100km and 8.3 l/100km respectively.
Source: Car Advice