Luke Wilkinson 2019-10-24 11:00
Audi’s RS 3 hot hatchback has been caught on camera, sporting a lairy body kit and a pair of enormous exhaust tips
This is our first look at the new Audi RS 3, which we expect will go on sale in late 2020, shortly after the release of the upcoming, standard-issue fourth-generation Audi A3. It will be the fastest version of the German brand’s range-topping hot hatchback to date, producing upwards of 400bhp and offering fresh competition for the Mercedes-AMG A 45.
Like the forthcoming Mk8 Golf, the new Audi RS 3 will be based on a revised version of the Volkswagen Group’s MQB underpinnings, albeit with a range of performance upgrades. This RS 3 mule features a lowered suspension system, a set of drilled disc brakes and larger calipers – all of which will likely find their way on to the production model.
As the new RS 3 will feature the same platform as the outgoing model, Audi is also expected to retain the current car’s turbocharged 2.5-litre five-cylinder petrol engine. However, its power and torque figures will increase to around 415bhp and 500Nm, (over the current car’s 395bhp and 480Nm figures), in a bid to keep the RS 3 competitive with the AMG A 45.
Power will be sent through a dual-clutch automatic transmission to Audi’s quattro all-wheel-drive system. Like the outgoing model, the new RS 3’s chassis and drivetrain will feature a suite of technology, including adjustable dampers, a torque vectoring system and an adaptive electronic power steering setup.
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Like all RS-branded Audis, this new RS 3 will feature an aggressive styling package, with a lower front splitter, wider side skirts and a set of flared wheel arches. At the rear, there’s the firm’s trademark oval exhaust tips, a new tailgate spoiler and a larger bumper fitted with a diffuser.
The cabin will also receive Audi’s traditional “RS” makeover, with a pair of heavily bolstered sports seats, a sports steering wheel, aluminium pedals and a range of RS-specific displays for the car’s 10.1-inch infotainment system and digital instrument binnacle.
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