Audi RS3 Sedan open for booking in Malaysia – 400 PS, 500 Nm 2.5L turbo five from RM650k to RM750k

Audi RS3 Sedan open for booking in Malaysia – 400 PS, 500 Nm 2.5L turbo five from RM650k to RM750k

Audi Malaysia has announced that the order books have opened for the 2023 RS3 Sedan, with pricing expected to range from RM650k to RM750k. The announcement comes after last week’s announcement of the RS3 Sedan’s local arrival, which will see the five-cylinder sedan join the current stable of five Audi RS models currently on sale in Malaysia.

This is the second-generation RS3 Sedan, which continues to pack the 2.5 litre TFSI turbocharged inline-five cylinder petrol engine that produces 400 PS from 5,600 rpm to 7,000 rpm and 500 Nm of torque from 2,250 rpm to 5,600 rpm. Outputs are sent to all four wheels through a seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch automatic gearbox. The 0-100 km/h sprint is achieved in 3.8 seconds, and top speed is 250 km/h.

Audi RS3 Sedan open for booking in Malaysia – 400 PS, 500 Nm 2.5L turbo five from RM650k to RM750k

Aiding the transmission of engine outputs is the RS Torque Splitter, which uses an electronically controlled multi-disc clutch on each driveshaft, which enables the sending of all engine output to one single wheel should conditions require it.

The closest competition for the Audi RS3 Sedan is one wearing the three-pointed star, the Mercedes-AMG CLA45 S four-door coupé that is priced in Malaysia at RM467,691. The Affalterbach offering is marginally down on cylinder count and displacement, but counters with higher outright power at 421 PS and the same 500 Nm of torque from its M139 2.0 litre turbocharged inline-four cylinder engine.

Like the RS3 Sedan, the CLA45 S sends its outputs to all four wheels via a dual-clutch transmission, albeit one with eight speeds. Which German high-performance compact sedan tickles your fancy?

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Comments

  • dong gor on Oct 07, 2022 at 6:05 pm

    Audi’s design is not refreshing anymore compared to the competitor brands. Power can’t fight EV, design not outstanding…only pricing is the headline. so, it’s heading no where

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    • vodka on Oct 07, 2022 at 6:19 pm

      Rather buy that Volvo S60 T8 408HP, rm295k only

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    • Jeremy on Oct 07, 2022 at 10:58 pm

      I’d buy that car just the 5 cyl engine alone for that price, now with their competitors downsizing and cutting engine blocks left & right.

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  • 5 cylinders

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  • Bieight8 on Oct 07, 2022 at 6:51 pm

    Daylight robbery

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  • Kambeng on Oct 07, 2022 at 9:04 pm

    I’m confused, how/why is there a near RM200k price difference between this & the CLA45!?, both are CBU, does the extra 500cc command that much more in duty/taxes?

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  • Katheryne Wong on Oct 08, 2022 at 1:06 am

    Nissan gtr is cheaper & faster. Audi pricing is not good.

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    • Can you be more specific on WHICH Nissan GTR are you referring to? You must be dreaming if you think a new R35 is less than RM650k… try above RM1m instead. Even a 2018 R35 will be hard to find below 650k nowadays. Skyline prices are appreciating now.

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  • In Germany, the RS3 is EUR62k, M2 Competition is EUR64k and CLA45S is EUR66k.

    In Malaysia, the RS3 is RM650k, M2 Competition is RM630k and CLA45S is RM500k (according to MB website). All 3 cars are from Germany.

    If the rest of you don’t see that there’s something seriously wrong with the pricing in Malaysia, there’s nothing to say. Haha. How is the most expensive car in Germany from that range get to be the cheapest here? As an AMG owner, my opinion might be biased but look at the price difference and make your own decision.

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    • In Germany this would be the base price. Add EUR20.000-25.000 to get Malaysian specs.

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  • Hanku on Oct 09, 2022 at 11:41 am

    All said and done, this car will still sell in Malaysia among the enthusiast crowd. That would be the target market that will purchase this. And that target market is still quite large in Malaysia.

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    • Your right. The 5cyl. “Quattro” sound alone is worth the investment for some enthusiasts.

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  • Faisal on Oct 13, 2022 at 10:55 am

    Hatchbacks not favoured here?

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