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Audi launched the most powerful RS3 model in history during this year's Paris Auto Show, packing 400 PS and 480 (354 lb-ft) of torque.It's not only more powerful than the current RS3 Sportback with its 367 PS and 465 Nm (343 lb-ft) of torque, but it also outperforms, at least on paper, the Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 4MATIC.

The new RS3 Sedan can do it in 4.1 seconds and even though that's barely noticeable, it does give Audi their bragging rights back. Power comes from an updated 2.5-liter TFSI engine which is also 26 kg (57 lbs) lighter than before, mated to a seven-speed S-tronic dual clutch gearbox deploying power to all four wheels.

To put things into perspective, the RS3 Sedan is just as fast to 100 km/h (62 mph) as an E90 BMW M3 DKG, and we're talking completely different segments here. Naturally, Audi didn't just focus on straight line performance with this car and what they've done with the wheel-selective torque control (which brakes the inside wheels during fast cornering) is that they've helped the car feel more stable when pushed towards its limits.

 

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