The Audi RS3 is easily one of the brand’s most beloved models. Outside of the Audi R8 and RS6 Avant, the RS3 is likely the next most popular four-ringed sports car. Its blend of compact size, punchy performance and killer soundtrack make it a fan-favorite. Its main attribute, though, is its engine. The 2.5 liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine is at the heart of the RS3’s charm, which is why it’s refreshing to hear that it will stick around for the next-gen car’s September, 2021 release.
According to this new report from Auto Express, the end of Q3 2021 will be when the next-gen Audi RS3 debuts and it will retain its pugnacious turbo-five.
“I think [the RS 3] is one of the most emotional Audi Sport cars and is a major part of the brand’s DNA, even going back to the original quattro. You can be sure that for every future RS model we will always take forward the good aspects and characteristics.” Audi Sport’s Sales and Marketing boss, Frank Michl told AE.
While no power figures have been confirmed, AE claims that the Audi RS3 will get a mild power bump over the current car. So expect just over 400 horsepower and 354 lb-ft of torque, which is what the RS3 has at the moment.
September will be when the 2021 Audi RS3 is revealed to the public, though deliveries won’t begin until the end of 2021. So if you’re waiting to get your hands on one, it’s going to be about a year before that happens at the least. If you’re in the U.S. market, you’re likely going to have to wait longer, as Sportback models are usually unveiled first, with North American market sedans coming later.
Thankfully, when it does get here, it’s likely to retain the same character and attitude that’s made it such a fan-favorite for all these years.