by Leland Morrison, on 10 October 2023
How much the Audi RS3 will set you back in South Africa
The Audi RS3 starts at just under R 1.3 million, or a monthly payment of about R24k, with all extras added, the price comes in at R 1 582 900
Optional extras include everything from heated seats and a sunroof to decorative dash inserts in Matte Carbon Atlas You can even add an option called the Black Appearance Package for R 7 000, that gives you a black Audi logo The most expensive extra we could find was the MMI Navigation package for R 39 300, but far cooler although not terribly useful is the Head-up display for R 15 000
What do you get for the price?
A whole lot of performance with 294kW and a 0 - 100 time of 3.8 seconds. The engine is a 2.5l turbo charged 4 cylinder with a top speed of 250km/h, but can be increased to 280km/h with an optional extra. The interior on the base package already looks pretty sleek, but can be upgraded honeycomb stitching
Can you get away for cheaper
Yes! A used RS3 from 2011 will start at about R 330 000, with a model at just about any price up to R 1.6 million depending on the mileage and year model. If you are just buying the RS3 to speed around on weekends you probably don't need a new one
How far will it drive?
Probably not more than 150 000 km. By looking at the mileage of available used RS3's we didn't find a single one with 160 000 km or more, where a Toyota Hilux on the other end has quite a few with well over 400 000 km on the clock But, to be fair, you won't buy an RS3 to be a workhorse
What are some alternatives to the Audi RS3
Just looking at price and performance alone your options are the VW Golf R and the Mercedes A-Class AMG Some slightly cheaper options are the Honda Civic Type R and the Renault Megane RS 300
The price is not as rediculous as you would pay for a super car, but the Audi RS3 is definitely very cool, and you could probably still drive your family around in it.
Source: Audi SA