At the moment, the smallest and least expensive Audi Sport model is the RS3, in either Sportback or Sedan form. That little car is powered by a brilliant 2.5 liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine with 400 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque. As it stands now, that little five-pot is going to be the smallest, least powerful engine produced by the ‘RS’-makers and there won’t be any models smaller than the RS3 in the near future.
According to this new report from Autocar, the Audi RS3 and TT RS are going to be the smallest RS cars in the foreseeable future and no Audi Sport models will be made from the new Audi A1 or Q2. There were rumors awhile back about a potential rip-snorting Audi RS1 but those rumors have officially been quashed.
In this new report, joint managing director for Audi Sport Julius Seebach claimed that the Audi RS3’s turbo-five is “our heritage” and won’t be replaced with a smaller four-cylinder in any model. So don’t expect much downsizing from Audi’s RS-makers. Which is refreshing to hear in an era when engine downsizing is extremely popular. It makes sense, though, as the RS3’s five-cylinder is already quite small yet packs a big punch. So it’s a great engine for small performance cars.
Though, it is sad to see that a potential Audi RS1 won’t be in the works. Audi Sport wouldn’t have to downsize engines to make such a car happen. It could use the 2.5 liter turbo-five in a potential RS1, give it the full-beans 400 hp and make it an absolute little rocket of a car. That plus all-wheel drive and a dual-clutch gearbox, it would feel like a miniature rally car. Hell, make it out of the A1 Citycarver, give it beefier suspension and make it a genuine rally car for the road. I’d buy one.