According to a recent report published by a German auto magazine, the next generation of the Audi RS3 will probably lose the iconic 2.5-liter five-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine. This decision has been allegedly taken to make room for a smaller 2.0-liter four-cylinder motor probably derived from the same unit which was fitted onto the TT offroad concept that was introduced last month in China at the Beijing Motor Show.
The 2015 Audi RS3 could offer somewhere in the region of 400 hp and all that power will be sent to both axles as a result of implementing the firm’s well-known quattro system. In charge of transferring the engine’s output is going to be an S tronic seven-speed transmission and according to various sources Audi plans on offering an optional dynamic kit although further details are not available at this point.
It is believed the next generation Audi RS3 is going to be sold exclusively in the more practical five-door Sportback body style. Chances are it will come out before the end of the year, possibly in October at the Paris Motor Show before going on sale shortly thereafter with a price tag considerably higher than the current range-topping S3.
Note: Previous generation Audi RS3 Sportback pictured