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2022 Audi RS 3 will drift to your heart's content

A new torque-splitting rear differential replaces the front-biased Haldex system on previous models.

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Cars are Andrew's jam, as is strawberry. After spending years as a regular ol' car fanatic, he started working his way through the echelons of the automotive industry, starting out as social-media director of a small European-focused garage outside of Chicago. From there, he moved to the editorial side, penning several written features in Total 911 Magazine before becoming a full-time auto writer, first for a local Chicago outlet and then for CNET Cars.
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The forthcoming 2022 Audi RS 3 will mix a bit of the old with a bit of the new.     

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The first thing you'll probably notice is the "1-2-4-5-3" sequence slathered across the sides of both cars' camouflaged exteriors.     

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That alludes to the five-cylinder engine hiding under the hood.    

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While power will remain the same as the outgoing RS 3 at 394 horsepower, it will be spread across a wider rev range, and torque gets a boost from 354 pound-feet to 369.     

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That's cool in and of itself, but there's a new piece of technology tucked into the drivetrain that Audi's pretty proud of.     

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Previous versions of the RS 3's all-wheel-drive system used what is known as a Haldex system.     

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This system was front-axle biased and used an electronically activated clutch to couple and uncouple the whole rear axle as traction permitted.     

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The new RS Torque Splitter puts an electronically controlled clutch on each rear output shaft, allowing Audi to determine exactly how much torque should go to each rear wheel.     

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This permits for greater traction in cornering, but for the hooligans out there, this allows Audi to include a mode that will shove as much power to one of the rear wheels as possible. Yep, that's a drift mode.

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Keep scrolling or clicking to check out more teasers of the upcoming 2022 Audi RS 3.

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