Audi isn’t known for bold design changes from generation to generation. Instead, the four-ringed brand is more likely to make small, evolutionary changes rather than big revolutionary ones. However, it seems as if the Audi Sport, the performance arm of the Audi brand, is having a bit of a change of heart lately. First, the blistered wheel arches of the new RS6 stunned fans and enthusiasts alike. Now, it seems as if the next-gen Audi RS3 Sportback will be much sportier than before, as evidenced by these new spy photos. (We don’t own the photos but check ’em out here)
It doesn’t hurt that the standard A3 on which the RS3 is based is already surprisingly aggressive looking. Audi seems to have carved out some negative space in its flanks, giving even the standard A3 a more toned, athletic look than before. In Audi RS3 Sportback-spec, its more aggressive front end, lowered right height and massive exhausts give it more presence.
Powering the next-gen RS3 will be a familiar 2.5 liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine, pumping out at least 400 hp, as that’s what the current car makes. We haven’t heard any word of a power increase for this new car, surprisingly. However, that’s not as big of a deal as it might sound, as the current RS3 is still ballistic in a straight line.
Where we’re hoping for some improvement is in the way it actually drives. While the current RS3 is a brutally fast point-to-point machine, its lateral dynamics and overall sense of fun are lacking. It’s a fast car, just a sedate one. We’re hoping for some more improved dynamics and better feel through the controls.
However, there is word that there will be two versions of the RS3, a standard car and an RS3 Performance, the latter of which will pack more power and a bit more fun. We can only hope.