The News for May 6th, 2022

Welcome to the Hooniverse News! As always, this is a weekly recap of the biggest stories in the automotive industry without the fluff or bull. This week: Audi RS3 sedan starts at $60k in the US with serious performance, Lamborghini Huracan GT3 gets an even better Evo2 upgrade, partners with AMG to produce a one-off car, and more.

2023 Audi RS3 priced at $59,995

Audi’s highly compelling entry point into the RS line is coming back to America in a more potent form. The RS3 Sedan and five-door debuted last year and promised to retain Audi’s legendary five-cylinder power but with even more power than before, plus the usual advances in technology and design. Audi confirmed the sedan version will go on sale in the states by this summer with an MSRP of $59,995 including destination charges.

This could very well be the last time you can get a five-cylinder in a compact Audi – or any Audi. The 2.5-liter TFSI five-cylinder produces 401 horsepower and 369 lb.-ft. of torque, the most of any production five-cylinder before it, probably. With Quattro and a brand new RS Torque Splitter, it’ll rocket from 0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds and can reach up to 180 mph if equipped properly. They didn’t go into details about what kinds of packages will be available, but usually German manufacturers will take off the speed limited mandated by their homeland in exchange for cash.

Stopping power is provided by standard 14.8″ front and 12.2″ rear steel brake discs with enhanced cooling and six-piston front and single-piston rear calipers. 15″ ceramic front discs are available as an option. RS Sport suspension and dynamic chassis control are standard and contribute to improved handling and responsiveness. That RS Torque Splitter mentioned earlier means the drive torque for the rear axle is fully variable between the rear wheels. And yes there’s a drift mode.

For $60k, you may not find another compact luxury car that will be as well equipped and as fast as the 2023 RS3. Plenty of cars will be faster or more powerful, but the performance figures this thing can put out while also being a comfortable daily driver are staggering. And of course, it also holds the compact cars record around the Nordschleife with a time of 7:40.748.

[Source: Audi]

Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo2 debuts

Good news for all our readers who are also race team owners. Lamborghini has introduced a second upgrade for the successful and popular Huracan GT3 race car. Developed to meet FIA 2022 technical regulations while extracting even more out of the car, the Huracan GT3 EVO2 features new bodywork and aero solutions, some engine upgrades, better safety equipment, and upgraded brakes.

Its new style will look familiar to some of the recent Huracan road cars, particularly the race car for the street that is the STO. A hexagonal airscoop and rear fin provide a more efficient air intake system and better car balance. The airscoop replaces the side air intakes to channel air directly into the ten new electronic throttle bodies. The pit crew can remove all those throttle bodies with just four screws. On the other end of the performance spectrum, its brakes have been updated with new calipers and pads designed in house to optimize performance in both endurance and sprint races.

Elsewhere, the carbon fiber bodywork features a new splitter, rear diffuser, and underbody for aerodynamic efficiency and greater downforce. New aluminum alloy pillars for the rear wing facilitate greater precision in adjusting the wing. Inside the driver compartment is a redesigned roll cage with two rear pillars and new carbon-Kevlar honeycomb side panels borrowed from the Essenza SCV12.

The car will be delivered to customer teams from the second half of 2022. Previous GT3 EVO models can be upgraded to the EVO2. Lamborghini hopes to keep up the success the Huracan GT3 has enjoyed in global sports car racing. 40 international titles in six seasons of competition with more to come, surely. Its on track debut is slated for the 2023 Daytona 24 Hours.

[Source: Lamborghini] and Mercedes-AMG create a one-off car

This one created quite a buzz yesterday. Legendary artist teamed up with Mercedes-AMG to create a truly wild and unique one-off in his image. I don’t think it looks very good, but it’s definitely unlike anything else and he certainly seems proud of it. So good for him.

It started out as an AMG GT 63S E Performance, which you’ll note is a four-door “coupe”. Mr. Will He Is must’ve thought the concept of a four-door “coupe” was pretty stupid too, so he made it an actual coupe complete with a massive pair of suicide doors. Up front is a totally bespoke facia which sort of resembles the G-Wagon and his own “Bear Witness” logo adapted to fit the Merc logo. It looks like he tried to adapt as many of his favorite bits of Mercedes styling queues into one car. The long hood with vents bears resemblance to the AMG GT, SLS AMG, and McLaren SLR. And his choice of wheels, which appear to be a design available from the factory, fits the throwback Merc theme as well.

It’s not often that Mercedes commits to a one-off collaboration like this. It helps that is a brand ambassador. But it speaks to his influence that such a project was doable to begin with. Oh, and it’s called the Will.i.AMG.

[Source: Mercedes-AMG]

Eat Shit, Brad

I wanted to take a small detour from the riveting and world-class auto industry reporting you’ve come to expect from this site to give a shoutout to our pal and former contributor, Bradley Brownell, who is stepping down from his position at Jalopnik today. He’s probably still writing for some of his other projects like FlatSixes on occasion, but his largest share of writing has been at Jalopnik for the past five years. He’ll be switching careers to something entirely different (he’ll announce it Monday). But for the time being, his days as a full time journalist, writer, blogger, hot take haver (scratch that – he’ll never give that one up), and shrimp eater are over.

And since Jalopnik’s owners have decided that departures can’t be talked about anymore on their sites, he doesn’t get the traditional roast from his colleagues. Since he was such a huge part of Hooniverse in its early days and I call him a friend (and he maybe he does too), I figured I should help make up for it.

Eat shit, Brad.

We both started writing for this crazy Polish guy at a site called CarGuyDad back in 2010. I was a bored college student who liked cars but knew nothing of writing. Bradley was… well I don’t remember what he was doing back then besides getting into arguments on Twitter. But we made some sort of impression when the two of us and Kamil were brought into Hooniverse. He was the motorsports editor and had a weekly column breaking down the numerous racing events of the weekend before. Fun fact: he’s still on our masthead as our motorsport editor even though he hasn’t written for us in several years. That’s not because we miss him that much or anything – it’s an indictment of our laziness.

He also ran a podcast or two which I appeared on once – and completely fucked the audio in the process. He then began to work on this cool little project called Radwood. I was at the very first one in San Francisco and knew it could be something special. Years later, it was deemed important enough to be acquired by Hagerty which speaks volumes to its significance in car culture. I got to collaborate with him to cover Gridlife South at Road Atlanta. I took photos and he wrote words which ended up being his ticket into Jalopnik. That article was one of my favorite things I contributed to in my “career”. Sadly, their overlords took a page out of Hooniverse and lost thousands of old images too, so that post is basically worthless. Just like Bradley’s opinions on Sebring.

I’m now three paragraphs into this “roast” and I realize I don’t actually have very many bad things to say about him… that I can come up with off the top of my head. He’s a great dude with unmatched enthusiasm. What he built with Radwood is something truly special because it’s not just my generation’s car show, it’s an extension of his own personality. It celebrates the weird and the underappreciated, and it’s as welcoming and loving of a community as you can find. When I think back on all the people I’ve met because I said “yeah sure” to a Polish guy on Twitter that I didn’t know to go write about cars, he’s absolutely one of my favorites. I’m sad he’s no longer going to have the same sort of presence in the world of journalism/blogging/shit posting. But wherever his career takes him next, I’ll continue to be a fan and wish him the best. Asshole.

What’s your automotive news?

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That’s all I’ve got for you this week, so now it’s your turn. If you saw anything, fixed something, broke everything, or otherwise did anything even remotely car related that you want to share with your fellow hoon, sound off in the comments.

Have a good weekend.

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12 responses to “The News for May 6th, 2022”

  1. Sjalio Avatar

    My first post-corona-quick-trip to the continent, and the obligatory impromptu rental car review. Got a Renault Clio wagon with a five speed and what sounds like a terribly noisy, incredibly unbalanced three cylinder petrol engine. It’s not a good, car, I’m afraid.

    I haven’t seen one traffic light conveniently (perspective attached), the whole car is very noisy and poorly insulated, the seats are weird, the suspension creates “bopping”, with my head bouncing back and forth, a lot, and at all sorts of speeds. There’s no place to put my right arm, the transmission is chunky and seems to dislike the no-faster-car-than-a-rental shifting from 2nd straight to 5th. Spent 40s trying to open the trunk, couldn’t figure it out, and gave up. Incredibly little info in the display; no engine temperature, even the odometer needs to be scrolled to.

    On the good side; it looks quite good, is very cheap, and it comes with a cell phone holder mid-dash from the factory. Huh.

    1. Manic_King Avatar

      What is going on in that dashboard shot, there’s 2 CC lights + text, 2 headlight-lights, one of which should be blue but seems to be green and the check engine light is also on? Quite a Christmas tree you have there.

      1. OA5599 Avatar

        And what’s going on in the third shot? Is a Clio too big to fit under most bridges, or is it pictured next to a park bench for Barbies?

        1. Sjalabais Avatar

          Barbieland is a legitimate nation, don’t you provoke anything here, @OA5599. ?

      2. Sjalabais Avatar

        There are no less than three sources of information for the cruise control: Two rings, and the text. Blue light symbols in European cars would be the high beams, which weren’t on since this was during the day. One of the symbols is DLR’s, the other is proper front lights. The wrench signals that a service is in order. That’s how I got the car.

  2. GTXcellent Avatar

    Huh, Jalopnik. It’s been such a long time that I’ve been on that site, I actually forgot about it (although Tracy and Torch’s Autopian is pretty damn enjoyable)

    We FINALLY got over 60 degrees this week, and it FINALLY quit raining/snowing. So the MiSSus decided it was time to get the SS out of the garage……and of course the battery was DOA……and because my 30 year old Schumacher doesn’t charge AGM batteries, guess who got to buy a brand new Delco 48AGM and a new battery charger? Now I just need the mud to dry up so I can drive out to the shed without making giant ruts and finally get the tires rotated on the Jeep, and maybe even get the GTX out.

  3. OA5599 Avatar

    Last time I was at my parents’ house, I got my dad’s car roadworthy again, and took it home, leaving my truck in the driveway instead. They hired a handyman to do some stuff at the house, and after finishing work, apparently he thought it was easier to throw a ladder over the gate than to open it and go through it. It left a big crease in my hood and a few scrapes on the side. He told my mom he would come back and buff it out, but if he honestly believes that crease will buff out, I don’t want him touching it anyway.

  4. Maymar Avatar

    I hear Brad’s new gig is getting into clean energy, they’re gonna hook a USB cable up to his phone to harness the heat off his takes to generate electricity.

    Also, I feel like someone’s getting trolled by the Will.I.AMG. I’m not totally sure who, but it makes it feel a little more endearing.

  5. gerberbaby Avatar

    my expedition is doa. no start, no crank, no click. seems it might be the immobilizer, whereever that is. After losing a small diode/fuse when pulling it out, its double doa. new one arrives today, then the whole rig gets dragged to the mechanic who can do what I cannot… diagnose it.
    who is Will i am?

    as for the Clio, its surprising after the world has been building cars for 125 years, someone would build a car this bad. at the very least copy some stuff from other good cars rather than invent a bunch of things worse than anybody else is doing.

  6. smaglik Avatar

    That RS3 is impressive, but that grill!! My god, the grill is 70% of the front end! That’s horrible! It looks like it’s wearing its pants on backwards!

    Someone had to say it, since the journalists won’t. ?

  7. salguod Avatar

    Moving things for my kids this week and the rear brakes on the Tundra started acting up. Locking up early, lots of vibration, especially after setting the parking brake. The vibration gets better over time. After driving, the LR wheel is hot to the touch, the RR is not. I’m thinking the LR parking brake mechanism isn’t fully releasing.

    Need to pull the drums and check it out. I’ve had a lot of trouble with these stupid drums, more than any brake job I’ve ever done. New drums, shoes, LH wheel cylinder, all the springs, pins and clips and a new parking brake cable and they still aren’t right.

    New Koni Red struts for the Boxster are in the barn, ready to go on, but until I can trust the Tundra, no sense tearing into them. I need one of my beaters to get me to work. 😀

  8. nanoop Avatar

    What is it with the batteries this week! The 944’s was dead, too – and it started without hesitation just the week before, huh.