2023 Audi RS3 Sedan coming to Malaysia – 2.5L turbo five-cylinder with 400 PS, 500 Nm; AMG CLA45 fighter

2023 Audi RS3 Sedan coming to Malaysia – 2.5L turbo five-cylinder with 400 PS, 500 Nm; AMG CLA45 fighter

The Audi RS line-up in Malaysia currently consists of five models, namely the RS4 Avant, RS5 Sportback, RS6 Avant, RS7 Sportback and more recently, the RS Q8. These will soon be joined by the latest RS3 Sedan, which will be making its first appearance in Malaysia next week according to a Facebook post by Audi Centre Glenmarie.

Currently in its second generation, the RS3 Sedan first made its global debut last July alongside its hatchback sibling, the RS3 Sportback. Competing against the C118 Mercedes-AMG CLA45 S 4 Matic+, the RS3 Sedan packs a 2.5 litre turbocharged straight-five engine that sends drive to all four wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch S tronic transmission and quattro all-wheel drive system.

Audi has a long history with five-cylinder engines, and the TFSI unit in the RS3 Sedan delivers an impressive 400 PS (394 hp) from 5,600 to 7,000 rpm and 500 Nm of torque from 2,250 to 5,600 rpm. These figures allow for a 0-100 km/h time of 3.8 seconds and a top speed of 250 km/h. Along with all the other improvements you’ll find out about shortly, the RS3 lapped the Nürburgring Nordschleife in 7 minutes 40.748 seconds, beating the previous lap record by 4.64 seconds to become the fastest compact car to tackle the Green Hell.

The powertrain also features a rear axle differential that Audi calls an RS Torque Splitter, which allows for fully variable torque vectoring between the rear wheels. Unlike the previous setup that had a single multi-disc clutch package on the rear axle, the Torque Splitter uses one electronically controlled multi-disc clutch for each driveshaft.

2023 Audi RS3 Sedan coming to Malaysia – 2.5L turbo five-cylinder with 400 PS, 500 Nm; AMG CLA45 fighter

Each of the two multi-disc clutches has its own control unit, which uses the electronic stabilisation control’s wheel speed sensors to measure the wheel speeds to decide how much torque to send to each wheel. This also enables controlled drifts by applying all the engine power at the rear axle to just one of the rear wheels – up to a maximum of 1,750 newton meters of torque.

Drivers will also have access to a new RS Performance drive mode, which adjusts the powertrain to deliver optimum performance on the racetrack. If more sliding is preferred, there’s also a RS Torque Rear mode that is essentially a drift mode. These join other available options like Comfort, Auto, Dynamic, RS Individual and Efficiency.

Another new addition to the RS3 Sedan is the modular vehicle dynamics controller (mVDC). This central system captures data from all powertrain components relevant to lateral dynamics to ensure they interact more precisely and more quickly.

The RS sport suspension plus with adaptive damper control is available as an alternative to the standard passive setup, while ceramic brake discs are also offered as an option to replace the standard steel discs. As for the chassis, it’s McPherson struts at the front and a four-link setup at the rear.

2023 Audi RS3 Sedan coming to Malaysia – 2.5L turbo five-cylinder with 400 PS, 500 Nm; AMG CLA45 fighter

Visually, the RS3 Sedan is properly aggressive with its large intakes on the RS-specific front bumper, distinctive headlamp design (LED standard, Matrix LED optional), revised taillights with dynamic turn signals, RS-specific rear bumper with an integrated diffuser as well as a RS exhaust system with oval tailpipes and fully variable flap control system.

Inside, there’s the 12.3-inch Audi virtual cockpit plus as standard and 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Model-specific features for the RS model include a shift indicator, a powertrain status display and for the first time in the RS3 range, a head-up display.

We’ll have to wait until next week to find out more about the RS3 for our market, including specifications and possibly pricing. Looking forward to it?

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Gerard Lye

Originating from the corporate world with a background in finance and economics, Gerard’s strong love for cars led him to take the plunge into the automotive media industry. It was only then did he realise that there are more things to a car than just horsepower count.



  • longjaafar on Sep 29, 2022 at 4:41 pm

    Why bother? As long as Audis are fully imported, it can never compete effectively with the BMW and Mercedes. On top of it, the after sales service is not up to par…

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    • You’re barking up the wrong tree mate. Since when an AMG or M has ever been locally assembled? None!

      The RS3 competes with the A45s/CLA45s and the M2. However, I do agree that the Audi franchise holder has been pricing their cars to cost even more than the Mercedes-AMG, which is ridiculous. Their marketing strategy is beyond me.

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      • longjaafar on Sep 30, 2022 at 11:00 am

        AMG cars not locally assembled? Please go and check.

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        • Habibu on Sep 30, 2022 at 11:26 am

          A45s and CLA45s is fully CBU, only A35 is locally built


          AMG Line is locally built which cannot compete with RS3, maybe you need to do some study before comment

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    • JOACHIM on Sep 30, 2022 at 8:38 am

      It is for those who want something different than a Merc or Bimmer.

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    • Jeremy lee on Sep 30, 2022 at 1:07 pm

      People as this segment is not concern of price . Is the enjoyment and to be different. Deprecation is the last thing in their mind

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  • i love this but the price gonna be stupid so not gonna bother la

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  • Rim curber on Sep 29, 2022 at 11:39 pm

    Hope they bring the hatchback version as well because i much prefer the hatchback

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  • Buy what you love on Sep 30, 2022 at 12:40 pm

    If ya super rich, you buy car you love regardless the price.

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