The next-gen Audi A3 Sedan hasn’t even been revealed yet, with only the new 2020 A3 Sportback being shown to the public. Despite that, Audi currently hard at work on its highest-performing variant of the A3 Sedan — the 2020 Audi RS3 Sedan. Some new spy photos of the next-gen RS3 Sedan have just surfaced and it looks good. (We don’t own the photos but you can check them out here)
Being that the Audi RS3 Sedan is going to be the only version of the RS3 we’ll be getting in North America (RS3 Sportback will stay in Europe), it’s the A3 variant we’re most excited about. Judging from what we can see in these new spy photos, our excitement is growing.
This new RS3 looks good, with nice proportions for a small front-wheel drive-based sedan, and looks sportier and more athletic than the previous-gen car. Sure, it looks pretty similar to the car it replaces but its more aggressive shoulder line, creases down its flanks and little duck-tail spoiler all add to the look.
We can tell this is the Audi RS3, and not a more plebeian A3, thanks to its larger wheels, more aggressive grille and — the dead giveaway — massive oval exhausts.
Under the hood will live a 2.5 liter turbocharged five-cylinder, good for about 400 hp. That’s essentially the exact same engine offered in the RS3 right now. That might sound a bit disappointing, given that the new RS3 won’t be any more powerful than the current car, but we’re not sweating it. The current turbo five-pot is one of the best, most charismatic small engines on the market and still powerful enough to keep up with, if not flat-out beat, its competition.
We don’t have an exact reveal date for the Audi RS3 Sedan but, according to Autocar’s sources, it’s should debut soon after the standard A3 Sedan, which will go into production in September. So we won’t have to wait too long to see the real thing.