GT-Spirit just delivers 999 units of the Audi RS 3 Sedan of the model year 2018 in scale 1:18. The miniatures from the high quality polyurethan resin reach our editorial desk in the known outstanding quality from the French and the sporty color ara blue crystal effect. Not only the appearance of the line management is perfectly transferred to the modelcars under the item number GT275 - no, also the details on the body and in the interior correspond to the very best model making from a handcraft perspective! Look at the edges of the single frame radiator grille, its matted frame or the quality of the replica of the light alloy wheels! But before we go more into detail with the models, we just want to emphasize at this point the philosophy behind the vehicles with the RS in the designation.
The RS-models are produced by the Audi Sport GmbH and form the dynamic spearhead of the respective series. According to Audi, they have a strong character, which is a composition of everyday suitability, more confident top-performance, an exciting driving experience as well as clear differentiation in design compared to the basic series. the admittedly striking exterior design is strongly inspired by motorsport and should unite cool understatement with dynamic sharpness. Top performance in motorsports requires exceptional component geometries: According to the principle of "form follows function", it is only natural that the use of high-performance technologies from motorsport is also reflected in the visual appearance of the RS models. Like the grille mentioned at the beginning.
To highlight the singleframe, many RS versions are oriented at the sports car R8 proportions and position wise: It is wider and lower placed compared to the sister models, purisitc-sporty black is dominating instead of chrome elements, edged with matt silver. Some RS models have horizontal slots between the grille and the bonnet, which is reminiscent of the iconic Audi Sport quattro from 1984. Powerful air intakes and big elliptical tailpipes are symbols of the power of the turbo engines, which we can also find in the modelcars made from GT-Spiritmodels. Because this label is developing itself into a specialist for small series for the show case. These role models are not lucrative enough for the mass production from the diecast division. Models, built from resin, are only economically viable in an edition of 999 pieces.
Razor-sharp contours like at the exterior mirrors or attached door handels lead to the high quality appearance, which GT-Spiritmodels achieved with the Audi RS 3. In the interior, it is the quilting of the seat covers that draws attention besides the correctly replicated dashboard. Due to the manufacturing process, doors and hoods unfortunately remain closed, what the appearance fo the modelcar makes up for. The role model is powered by a 2.5 liter big five-cylinder, which gives 294 kW / 400 hp as well as 480 Newton meters (Nm) of maximum torque via seven-speed S-Tronic to the all wheel drive. The small but nice limousine is available in Germany starting at 58,000 euros. The crytal effect painting costs 1,000 euros extra charge; 1,100 euros have to be paid for the existing panorame glass roof at the models. A charming car: in 1:1 as well as 1:18!