The multi-plate clutch management is integrated into the Audi drive select dynamic handling system. It allows the driver to choose between the comfort, auto, dynamic and individual modes. In the dynamic mode and in the sport mode of the Electronic Stabilization Control (ESC), drive forces are transferred to the rear axle earlier and in greater proportion. This provides the Audi RS 3* with particularly agile and direct cornering characteristics.
steering assistance and the exhaust flaps. Furthermore, it includes the optional RS sport suspension plus with adaptive damper control (Audi magnetic ride). In conjunction with Audi drive select, it uses a special hydrocarbon oil with microscopic magnetic particles and a magnetic field to vary damping in the stages auto, comfort and dynamic. In the dynamic mode, the system enables a more spontaneous steering response and more agile handling. The wheels are precisely braced during cornering and body roll is largely suppressed. Audi magnetic ride counters body pitch during braking.
Impressive dynamism: four-link rear axle and progressive steering
The chassis of both RS models are the perfect partners for their powerful drive systems. A complex four-link construction is used on the rear axle. From a stable central position, these compact athletes corner spontaneously and follow through with superior precision. The progressive steering, tuned specifically to the RS, adapts its assistance according to the vehicle’s speed and can be adjusted using Audi drive select.
The steering rack is designed so that the steering ratio becomes increasingly more direct when cornering. As a result, little steering effort is required to move the RS 3 agilely through curves. At the same time, the electromechanical progressive steering provides the driver with precise road feedback at all times.
The setup of the springs and dampers is decidedly stiff and the body is 25 millimeters (1.0 in) lower than on the base model. 19-inch cast wheels are standard, with the RS 3 Sedan wheels sporting a five-arm blade design, while the RS 3 Sportback gets a five-arm rotor design. Wheels are available in Galvano silver, matte titanium look and gloss anthracite black. The standard tire size is 235/35. As an option Audi can fit 255/30 tires on the front axle.
Mounted behind the large wheels are powerful brakes. The internally ventilated, perforated steel discs on the front axle are 370 millimeters (14.6 in) in diameter. Stainless steel pins join the friction rings to the aluminum brake disc pots to dissipate heat quickly. The eight-piston brake calipers with RS logos are painted in black – or optionally in red. As an alternative on the front axle, Audi can supply carbon ceramic brake discs with gray calipers. At the rear axle there are brake discs with a diameter of 310 millimeters (12.2 in) and floating brake calipers.
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