2017 Audi RS3 LMS Racecar Background and Specs Review

The 2017 Audi RS3 LMS Racecar is the range topper of the newest Audi A3, which was revealed to the public last year at Paris Motor Show. There was a unique history back then when this automaker started thinking of making a sedan based on their lovely compact hatchback. It was in 2013 ago when Audi changed their 1996 compact hatchback into sedan. As a result, this automaker kept the interior and even the engine and bringing the A3 Sedan to the public several years ago. In 2015, the 4-door was getting hot with performance-focused under S3 name.

Brief Background

2017 Audi RS3 LMS Racecar exterior
2017 Audi RS3 LMS Racecar exterior

Instead of giving RS3 sedan to make its debut in 2016, Audi surprisingly launched the RS3 LMS in the same year. More surprise has come after Audi claims that this super car is based on the TCR series and their lovely A3 sedan. Moreover, they have chosen the iconic R8 LMS tag in naming this fresh car. What is the TCR series? For your information, it is the abbreviation of touring car championship that made its debut in 2015. This car series was promoted to be a cost effective car in WTCC. Of course, this surpassingly exhilarates us knowing the RS3 LMS has gotten it as one of its elements.


It isn’t undoubted anymore about the exterior of 2017 Audi RS3 LMS Racecar that has more muscle and sporty design as long as it is a Racecar. Moreover, the one of the base elements like TCR series become clearly stated on the body of this car. You can see much aerodynamic feature as well. So, no one may complain when we say that this is the most aggressive compact car from Audi so far. When we break the car in order to know whose part it is one by one, the most noticeable one is the headlamps that belong to the RS3 sedan. The single frame grille of it is also available on this car front fascia as well as the badge. Meanwhile, the bumper and its hood are completely new design.  It indicates that Audi really concerned about improving the cooling system plus aerodynamic features.


2017 Audi RS3 LMS Racecar interior

As same as the exterior, 2017 Audi RS3 LMS Racecar interior is also brand new thing. There are so many changes except on the dash, door panels and shifter. The most dominant updates are based on road racing car. Meanwhile, the steering wheel uses the Alcantara wrapping in order to enhance the comfortable feeling for the driver’s grip. The seats are covered with carbon-fiber shell here. It also supports the pedal with aluminum deck.

Under the Hood

2017 Audi RS3 LMS Racecar Under the Hood
2017 Audi RS3 LMS Racecar Under the Hood

The engine of 2017 Audi RS3 LMS Racecar is a turbocharged 2.0 L four-cylinder engine, which delivers more than 330 horsepower and reaches 0-62 mph just for 4.5 seconds. It is too obvious that this is the real road racing car engine. The car also rates the top speed around 150mph. In fact, this performance is still slower than road car that has no much aerodynamics. Although it ia the fact, many experts still believe  in this car for some reasons.


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