The Audi RS3 Sedan won’t official debut until early 2022 at the very earliest but we might have just been given a tease of the upcoming performance sedan thanks to Audi’s new racing car — the Audi RS3 LMS.
Audi has a long history of success in GT3 racing, with the Audi R8 LMS GT3 being a highly successful machine. However, no other customer racing Audi has been more more popular than the first-gen RS3 LMS, with 180 units being sold to customer racing teams. It was also a seriously successful race car, with 764 podium places in 1,051 races worldwide, including 279 victories and 16 titles in drivers’ championships and 38 championship successes.
Now, though, it’s time for the new model and the brand-new Audi RS3 LMS has just been revealed.
What’s interesting is that the new RS3 LMS uses a different engine than RS3 road cars. Rather than use the iconic 2.5 liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine, the new Audi RS3 LMS uses a 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, with 340 horsepower and 309 lb-ft of torque. That might not sound like a lot for a race car but it’s also going to be very light (final weight is determined by the organizers of each race). The structure is made from steel but the body is made from carbon fiber and aluminum, so it’s much lighter than the road car will by, obviously.
The engine is paired with a six-speed dual-clutch gearbox and it only powers the front wheels, which might seem unusual for an Audi. However, all-wheel drive isn’t permitted in GT3 racing.
From the outside, this Audi RS3 LMS looks positively wicked. Its entire front end is filled with aggressive, and functional, grilles and air intakes. Unlike most production Audis, every vent on the LMS car is functional and serves a purpose. The aero is super aggressive and features massive fender flares and the wing is kick-ass. My personal favorite part is the wheel design, though. The LMS wheels look great and we hope they make it to the production Audi RS3 Sedan, or at least some version of them.
This isn’t the Audi RS3 Sedan you’ll be able to buy, obviously (unless you’re going racing), but it does give us a bit of a glimpse as to what the road car will look like.