The upcoming Audi RS3 Sportback is one of most exciting new Audis on the horizon. Currently, the outgoing RS3 sports a winning combination of good looks, blistering speed and an everyday usability that its rivals just can’t match. The new car should pack that same combination of traits but in a better looking, more high-tech wrapping. In this new video, we get to see the upcoming RS3 hitting the Nurburgring for some camouflaged hot laps.
What’s great about this video is that the driver is properly getting it on the track. We get to see the Audi RS3 Sportback pushed to its limits and, surprisingly, it looks to handle better than most Audi Sport models. You can see the sharp turn-in, a bit of expected understeer but then some correction from the all-wheel drive system, followed by explosive power out of the corner.
Sure, it still has some of the understeer that’s expected of a Haldex-based, all-wheel drive Audi hatchback. However, it has nowhere near as much as some other Audi Sport products and looks surprisingly nimble and agile. It also looks as if the driver is testing out that newfound agility, specifically, as one shot shows the car swerving back and forth on a straightaway. So it seems as if the driver was testing high-speed back and forth turn-in, weight transfer and grip.
In addition to that new athleticism, we also get something familiar — engine noise. The 2.5 liter turbocharged five-cylinder returns in the 2021 Audi RS3 Sportback and it packs 400 horsepower-plus. More important than power, though, is noise. The RS3 makes a fantastic noise and one that is almost universally loved. It’s deep, rumbly and aggressive but can also scream at the top end of its rev range. I’m also doing my best not to say “off-beat thrum”.
We can’t wait to see the 2021 RS3 when it finally debuts. It should be revealed at the end of this year and it will be among the bet new Audis on the market.