2021 Audi RS3 Sedan Spied Hulking Out On The Nurburgring
We already know the new Audi S3 sedan. Having debuted in August, its understated yet aggressive styling is worthy of Audi sports sedans, and its turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder delivers 306 horsepower (228 kilowatts) to all four wheels. The RS3 shouldn’t be much different, but will it sound different. And as a result it will be certainly accelerate differently.
Indeed, the new RS3 will replace the four-cylinder with Audi’s turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder. We expect it to deliver the same 394 hp (294 kW) that you’ll find in the RS Q3, but of course none of that information is confirmed. It will go naturally to all four wheels, likely using a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. Rumors that a more powerful version could approach 450 hp (336 kW) also surround the RS3.
It is not known if this very green prototype is such a version. Obviously, Audi is not as concerned with hiding the exterior details of the RS3 as much of the exterior of the sedan is clearly visible. The main areas of difference to the S3 – namely the front and rear fairings – are still masked by a cover-up of camouflage, and with the S3 now revealed, there’s really no need to keep the entire RS3 under wraps any longer.
With that said, we can see that the RS3 will feature a different rear diffuser. It sits lower too, partly because of the revised suspension and partly because of the RS-specific body additions for the rocker panels and fascias. Up front we see bolder corner vents with additional slats. It’s hard to tell if a subtle chin spoiler is in place, but the large rectangular cover hiding the four rings is bordering on comedic. No car enthusiast will mistake this car for anything other than Audi.
When will we see all the camouflage wrap removed? The coronavirus has obviously delayed plans for nearly every automaker, but we’re optimistic that the RS3 will be fully revealed by the end of the year.