The flat hierarchies and intelligently linked context menus make operation of the RS 3 models intuitive and ergonomic. The driver can reach often used functions in only a few steps. The main control element is the round rotary/push-button control on the console of the center tunnel which also has an additional joystick function in conjunction with the MMI navigation. It is used for changing between the individual menus. In the case of MMI navigation plus with MMI touch, the surface of the rotary/push-button control features a touchpad. Drivers can draw letters or numbers with their finger, swipe and zoom in the map. The intelligent free text search suggests answers after only a few letters have been entered and takes the vehicle’s position into account. The natural language voice control complements the convenient operating concept. It understands many questions and commands from everyday spoken language, such as “Where can I refuel?” or “I want to call Peter Smith”. The functions can also be controlled by the standard multifunction buttons on the RS leather sport steering wheel.
Highly-detailed graphics: the Audi virtual cockpit
All of the displays in the RS 3* are clear and easily legible. The two circular instrument dials are black with red needles and white scales – emphasizing the vehicle’s sportiness. The centrally positioned driver information system includes a boost pressure indicator, an oil thermometer and a lap timer. The menus are displayed on the standard 11-millimeter-thin (0.4 in) MMI monitor with a 7-inch screen diagonal. As an option, the Audi virtual cockpit is available in place of the analog circular instruments. The fully digital instrument cluster with its 12.3-inch TFT monitor presents all information using highly detailed graphics. There is a special RS screen in addition to the two standard views.
Here a central rev counter with integrated digital digits for speed dominates the picture. The driver can configure other displays around this, such as torque (in Nm), power (in percent), tire pressure (in bar) and g‑forces. The rev counter also serves as a shift indicator: if the seven-speed S tronic is in manual mode, green, orange and red segments are activated sequentially as revs increase. Just before the engine reaches the limit, the entire scale flashes red.
All terms marked in the text are explained in detail in the technology lexicon at www.audi-mediacenter.com/en/technology-lexicon
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