Audi is taking its sweet time coming out with the S3, but with a prototype spotted camo-free a few days ago, the official reveal is likely around the corner. If you want your compact car from Ingolstadt to have an extra cylinder, the five-pot RS3 is not far behind. That’s what Audi Sport’s Sales and Marketing chief, Frank Michl, told Auto Express when talking about the Mercedes-AMG A45 rival.
While he didn’t go into any specifics, he did say the revamped RS3 is “some months” away from being officially revealed. He described the hot hatch and sedan duo as “one of the success stories of the brand,” adding the reason why it’s so desirable is primarily thanks to the 2.5 TFSI engine. Naturally, he suggested the next-generation model won’t downsize to a four-banger.
Interestingly, Auto Express claims the engine will be massaged to deliver more power than the old RS3. The British magazine expects the inline-five mill to produce somewhere in the region of 415 hp and 500 Newton-meters (369 pound-feet) of torque, which would be a healthy bump of 20 hp and 20 Nm (15 lb-ft) over the previous-gen model.
That would allow Audi Sport to perfectly match the AMG A45 S and its output rated at 415 hp and 500 Nm (369 lb-ft) from the most powerful four-cylinder engine ever installed in a road car. At the same time, it would make the RS3 slightly more powerful than other cars sold by Audi with the iconic 2.5-liter mill, such as the TT RS and the RS Q3 / RS Q3 Sportback.
All that oomph will be channeled to the Quattro all-wheel-drive system via a dual-clutch automatic transmission. The new Audi RS3 Sportback and Sedan are expected to boast adjustable dampers and adaptive electronic power steering, along with torque vectoring and carbon ceramic brakes.
With the reveal scheduled to take place in a few months, it could mean the RS3 will go on sale either by the end of the year or early 2021. Needless to say, the warm S3 will be the first to hit Audi dealers worldwide.