The new Audi RS3 marks its new strategy Quattro AWD system as one of the best in the world, and overall, the capable compact sedan is an incredible performer in a car that punches over its weight. But it raises the question: how much better would it be against the car that really put the Quattro AWD system on the map, the Sport Quattro S1 Group B Rally Car?
Comparing the specs between the two, the RS3 is powered by a 2.5-liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine that produces 401 hp (407 PS / 299 kW) and 359 lb-ft (487 Nm) of torque, and weighs 3,472 lb (1,575 kg). )) The Sport Quattro S1 is powered by a 2.1-liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine that produces 500 hp (507 PS / 373 kW) and 354 lb-ft (480 Nm) of torque and weighs 2,403 lb (1,090 kg).
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Where there is RS3 facility in its power delivery. Its 7-speed dual-clutch should be much faster in automatically changing gears than the Sport Quattro’s 6-speed manual, and its advanced AWD system with launch control is much more advanced in deciding when and where to send power to the wheels. However, the Sport Quattro has a number of advantages, with 99 hp (100 PS / 74 kW) and 1,069 lb (485 kg) less carb weight than the RS3.
In the drag race, the RS3 jumped into the Quattro and held its lead for a decent amount of time, but the rally car returned with full force, jumping violently with each shift, and in the end it reached almost two car lengths. Forward RS3. In both rotating races, the launch of the RS3 did not have the advantage, and as a result, the Sport Quattro went ahead and continued to the end. That being said, the Sport Quattro S1 is an invaluable race car that the average person can only dream of owning, while the RS3 is a massively manufactured compact sedan that is relatively affordable, so its rent is not that bad.