2018 Audi R8 vs RS3 Comparison near St. Charles

Nothing compares to dropping the pedal to the floor and taking off in a car engineered specifically for acceleration. Every new Audi sports car is built with dynamic handling in mind, but some Audi models are sportier than others. Lavish praise has been bestowed on both the Audi RS 3 sports sedan and the Audi R8 supercar, although these vehicles are very different. Read on to learn whether the RS 3 is the perfect model to take out on the weekend or if only the R8 can make your dreams come true. If you'd prefer to speak directly to an Audi specialist about your new performance car, call (888) 698-1441.

Audi R8 vs. Audi RS 3: Price

What are you looking to spend? The 2018 Audi RS 3 is the more cost-effective option, coming in at $54,900 MSRP. If budget isn't a roadblock in the path to your need for speed, consider the 2018 Audi R8 coupe, which starts at $164,900 MSRP.

Audi R8 vs. Audi RS 3: Powertrain

The rapid advancement of engine technology in recent years means that the new Audi RS 3 can easily match and overwhelm what only supercars were capable of even just a few generations back. However, the R8 has also benefited from those same advancements, meaning the gap between the two remains, though shortened. Worth noting as well is that the R8 is available with special tuning to boost performance to an even higher degree.

Audi R8

Audi Performance Model

Audi RS 3

5.2L FSI® 10-Cylinder


2.5L TFSI® Five-Cylinder

532 HP @7,800 RPM (standard); 602 HP @ 8,250 RPM (plus)


400 HP @ 5,850-7,000 RPM

398 lb.-ft. @ 6,500 RPM (standard); 413 lb.-ft. @ 6,500 RPM (plus)


354 lb.-ft. @ 1,700-5,850 RPM

14 MPG city/22 MPG highway

Fuel Economy

19 MPG city/28 MPG highway

3.5 seconds (standard); 3.2 seconds (plus)

Acceleration (0-60 MPH)

3.9 seconds

199 MPH (standard); 205 MPH (plus)

Top Track Speed

155 MPH (optional increase to 174 MPH)

Audi R8 vs. Audi RS 3: Styling

2018 Audi R8 vs. 2018 Audi RS 3 Interior Comparison near St. Charles, IL

The Audi R8 has a coupe body and Monoposto cockpit design, with sport seats for two passengers featuring pneumatic seat bottoms and side bolster adjustments. The seats, door and center armrests, and driver's kneepad are all upholstered in Fine Nappa leather. Also included are:

  • Front lip spoiler - available in carbon fiber
  • Rear diffuser - available in carbon fiber
  • Two-piece side blade - available in carbon fiber
  • Adaptive rear spoiler that extends at 75 MPH or carbon fiber fixed rear wing spoiler

The Audi RS 3 is a sedan with five seats upholstered in Fine Nappa leather with perforated contrast diamond stitching and RS embossing, extendable thigh support in front, and split-folding seatbacks in the rear. You can recognize the RS 3 by:

  • Distinctive honeycomb Singleframe® grille with quattro® script
  • RS model oval exhaust tips
  • Body color rear spoiler
  • Matte Aluminum grille surround
  • Matte Aluminum front blade
  • Matte Aluminum side mirrors and window trim
  • Matte Aluminum rear diffuser

Schedule a Viewing at Audi Hoffman Estates

Are you interested in one of the impressive Audi sports vehicles currently available from Audi Hoffman Estates? Visit our new inventory to find the performance models currently available in our showroom, and then get in contact with our team by calling (888) 698-1441 to register your interest and schedule a viewing.

2018 Audi R8 vs. 2018 Audi RS 3 near St. Charles, IL