A prototype of next year’s Audi RS3 has been spied while undergoing testing around the Nürburgring in Germany. It’s been a long time in the making but good things come to those who wait so the range-topping A3 will be a very desirable car. Its heart and soul will be Audi’s iconic 5-cylinder, 2.5-liter TFSI turbocharged gasoline engine which according to Quattro GmbH Managing Director Heinz Hollerweger will develop somewhere in the region of 360 bhp (268 kW). It is believed a 400 bhp variant is also in the works but Audi hasn’t made a decision whether this more potent derivative will see the light of production day.
The 5-cylinder engine will send its power to a quattro all-wheel drive arrangement like on all RS models and in the Audi RS3 it will do it with help coming from a DSG transmission but a manual gearbox is also being considered. Although the prototype seen here depicts the five-door hatchback body style, we won’t be too surprised if Audi will decide to commercialize the RS3 in the sedan guise as well.
It will essentially be a follow-up to the company’s clubsport quattro concept which according to Heinz Hollerweger was developed to gauge feedback from Chinese and American customers. The reactions coming from those two markets were positive so chances are the RS3 Sedan will happen sooner or later.