Limited to only 200 units.
It was just last month when Audi revealed the fourth-generation A3 Sportback for the 2021 model year. We have spy photos of the higher performance models – the S3 and RS3 – and the sedan variant that’ll follow. But that’s still months away, and until then, customers will have to settle for the current-generation RS3.
Thankfully, Audi is sending the current RS3 saloon off with a bit of fanfare in America, introducing the limited-run 2020 Audi RS3 Nardo Edition.
The most visually significant addition to the limited-edition model – Audi will offer just 200 examples to the U.S. – is the Nardo Grey exterior paint. Up front is Audi’s RS Singleframe grille. At the rear are the RS-designed oval exhaust outlets. Black trim offsets the cool grey colour, which includes a black rear lip spoiler, gloss-black exterior mirror housings, and black Audi rings and badges. Staggered bi-colour 19-inch wheels finish off the sleek package.
Powering the RS3 Nardo Edition is RS3’s turbocharged 2.5-litre five-cylinder engine that produces 394 bhp (294 kilowatts) and 354 pound-feet (480 kilowatts) of torque. The seven-speed S-Tronic dual-clutch automatic gearbox routes power to all four wheels through Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system.
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While the RS3’s performance remains unchanged, Nardo Edition RS3s do get to enjoy a higher top speed than their non-Nardo counterparts – up to 174 miles per hour (280 kilometres per hour). That’s 19 mph (30 kph) faster than a standard RS3. Audi’s Sport exhaust system with black tips is standard equipment.
Inside, there are RS-embroidered floor mats, Alcantara knee pads with red stitching, red air vents and accent rings, Audi Sport Carbon inlays, and seatbelts with red edges. Audi’s 12.3-inch virtual cockpit is also standard, as is Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Audi says the RS3 Nardo Edition is now arriving at dealerships. The starting price for the 2020 Audi RS3 Nardo Edition is $59,900. Add the $995 destination charge, and that creep up to $60,895. For comparison, the standard RS3 saloon starts at £47,310.