The US market won’t be getting the Audi RS3 Sportback, or even the standard A3 Sportback for that matter. But it is going to get the Audi RS3 Sedan, which will pack the same great performance into a less practical, worse looking package. Sigh.
Having said that, we’re honestly happy to be getting any version of the upcoming RS3, be it the Sedan or Sportback. So while we’d prefer the latter, we’re not going to complain about the former. Thankfully, while not as good looking as the Sportback version, the Sedan will still look good. In these new spy photos (which we don’t own but can be seen here), we get to see the design of the Audi RS3 Sedan, even though it’s wrapped in heavy camouflage.
Being an Audi Sport product, its design doesn’t stray too far from the standard car on which it’s based. So it looks very much like an Audi A3 Sedan, just with a bit of extra aggression.
For instance, it has a lower ride height, sportier front air intakes, massive dual oval exhausts and a rear diffuser. None of those things are particularly flashy on their own but they all add up to make for a sportier overall package. Subtlety has always been Audi Sport’s thing, hasn’t it?
What matter is what’s under the hood, though. Powering the Audi RS3 Sedan will be a version of the 2.5 liter turbocharged five-cylinder you’ll find in the current RS3. No power specs have been revealed but expect it to make anywhere between 400 and 450 horsepower. However, due to a lighter, more agile chassis, expect it to perform better than the old car, both in a straight line and through corners.
That last bit is the important one. The current Audi RS3 is a good car and one that’s very fun to drive in the right circumstances but it certainly has its problems. Overly numb steering and relatively muted personality make it a bit dull when you really push it and its default-understeer is a bit frustrating as well. It’s still a great car but its niggles keep it from being a special one. Let’s hope this new car edges closer to being the latter.
[Source: Car Scoops]