The quickest version of the company's tiny luxury sedan is the 2022 Audi RS3, which features a powerful 401-hp turbocharged five-cylinder engine.

The new RS model, which is based on the four-door Audi A3 and the sportier S3 but has higher power and better chassis tuning, takes on high-po rivals.

as the Mercedes-AMG CLA45 sedan and the BMW M2 coupe. But the RS3 has one of the most distinctive soundtracks in its class because to its unique engine.

Audi appeals to audiences who value sportiness as much as luxury because of its sharply creased sheetmetal and sleek, tastefully furnished interior.

In the United States, the Audi RS3 enters its second generation and is heavily influenced by the completely revamped A3 and S3.

The A3 is powered by a 201-hp turbo four while the S3 has a 306-hp variant of the same engine, despite the fact that the three vehicles have the same base, interior proportions, and many other similar features.

Starting at slightly under $60,000, the 2022 RS3 comes with limited options. Choosing the optional Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R summer tyres is something we would advise.

Due to its unusual number of cylinders, it has a distinctive thrumming noise that was especially enjoyable in the previous model.

The most recent version of the Audi RS3 is still a 2.5-liter turbocharged engine, but it now has 401 horsepower.

The engine is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission that downshifts purposefully with light throttle inputs but acts more subtly under severe braking.

At our test track, the RS3 surpassed the quarter-mile mark in just 11.8 seconds at 117 mph, and we recorded an astonishingly rapid 3.3-second run to 60 mph.

The Audi RS3's interior is identical to that of the A3 and S3, although its front seats are more heavily bolstered.

The driver's side and the instrument panel binnacle, which contains a set of digital gauges, are flanked by a pair of high-mounted air vents.

A heads-up display is also available for the RS3. Climate controls with physical buttons are located below the centre touchscreen, and there is a bin beneath them that is part of the centre console.

Unfortunately, a strange, stubby shifter is required for gear selection; once the Audi RS3 is moving, paddle shifters on the steering wheel provide an alternative.