The highly anticipated Audi RS3 Sportback & Sedan are on their way of being green-lighted for production, according to Australian media. It is believed the models are going to be signed off by Audi’s executives in the weeks to come and according to Heinz Hollerwerger who is the firm’s high-performance arm’s chief, the RS3 has more than 50 percent chances of entering production phase.
For the first time ever, the RS3 will be offered at the same time not only as a five-door Sportback version but also as a four-door sedan. While the former is expected to come out around 2016-2017, the latter is at least two to three years away and will be loosely based on the clubsport quattro concept.
The Audi RS3 Sportback & Sedan will likely make use of a five-cylinder, 2.5-liter turbocharged gasoline engine which will develop approximately 360 bhp (268 kW). The cars will be based on Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform and will weigh somewhere in the region of 1,520 kg (3,351 lbs). Both will sit 25mm lower than the S3 Sportback & Sedan and will also benefit from wider tracks.
Performance figures should be better than those of the previous Audi RS3 Sportback which needed 4.6 seconds for the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) run so expect the new cars to complete the run in the low 4s range.