Earlier today, we saw the upcoming 2021 Audi RS3 Sportback doing some hot laps at the Nurburgring. It looked mighty impressive, thanks to a sharper looking turn-in that we’ve seen on other Audi Sport models in the past. Thankfully, it seems as if we’re not crazy in seeing that, as Auto Express recently spoke with Audi Sport Sales and Marketing exec Frank Michl, who had exciting things to say about it.
“I think it’s [the RS 3] 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.”
Interestingly, Michl also claimed that the RS3 has been one of Audi Sport’s major successes over the past decade, acting as one of its most important models.
The success of the Audi RS3 has a lot to do with its engine, as its soulful 2.5 liter turbocharged five-cylinder is a fan-favorite. It doesn’t hurt that it makes the car flipping quick, as the current RS3 is about as fast as some supercars from a decade ago. While we haven’t heard any specifics about a power increase from the current car’s 400 hp, Audi Express seems to feel that the new car will pack more of a punch. We hope they’re right.
According to Michl, the next-gen Audi RS3 will be revealed in the coming months but did not say whether or not it will actually go on sale in 2020. So it’s likely that we’ll see the car in 2020 but it won’t be made available until 2021. The RS3 Sportback won’t make it here to the ‘States but for our friends in the UK, it will start at around £50,000, which isn’t cheap. However, it will pack near-supercar performance with everyday usability and practicality. That’s hard to put a price tag on.
[Source: Auto Express]