The upcoming Audi RS3 Sportback (and Sedan) one of the cars we’re most excited to see in the near future. Among Audi’s upcoming cars, only the e-tron GT is more exciting than the RS3. So when new spy video debuts, we get very excited. (We don’t own the spy video but check it here)
Seen here in this video, the 2022 Audi RS3 Sportback looks promising. Typically, you’ll see performance Audis understeer through some of the Nurburgring’s tighter corners, especially Haldex-powered Audis such as the RS3 and TT RS. However, that’s not the case as much with this new RS3.
Sure, it understeers through corners a bit, as it’s a front-bias all-wheel drive hatchack, but it does a remarkable job of tucking its nose in and holding the line, considering it chassis and drivetrain layout. That impressive agility and all-wheel drive grip helps deliver all of its power to the track, making it look seriously quick through it. Obviously we can’t tell from just a video but it looked as if the RS3 made easy work of carving up the ‘Ring.
Speaking putting power down, though, the next-gen Audi RS3 Sportback will still use a similar 2.5 liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine as the current car. Power is expected to be around 400 horsepower but don’t rule out Audi bumping it closer to 450 horsepower. Torque will likely remain around the same as the current car’s 354 lb-ft but it could get a bump.
More important will be how the car delivers that power and how it handles through corners. No one complains about the current RS3’s performance, even when compares to newer competitors. Where the current car needs work is when the road gets twisty, which is why Audi needed to focus on handling with the new car. Judging from this video, which admittedly isn’t hyper-accurate, the new Audi RS3 Sportback looks much improved.
We don’t know when Audi will be revealing the RS3 Sportback but we can’t wait. It’s possibly the most exciting gas-powered Audi on the horizon.