This current-gen Audi RS3 Sportback is easily one of the best all-around performance deals on the market. It has the performance of an exotic supercar from just a few years ago, along with the comfort and practicality of a hatchback, all for an affordable price. Sure, there are more exciting cars to drive but the RS3 is so well-rounded it’s hard not to love. It is getting old, though, and its competition is catching up. So Audi needs to revamp its bargain hero for a new generation and that very car has just been caught testing. (We don’t own the spy photos but see them here)
In these new spy shots, we see a next-gen Audi RS3 Sportback doing some testing at the Nurburgring. At first, this might seem odd because it looks exactly like the current car. That’s because this test mule is still wearing the current RS3’s body. This is likely a chassis/powertrain/drivetrain test mule at the moment, so Audi Sport engineers likely just modified old body panels to fit on the new chassis structure.
You can tell that something isn’t right with the body when you look a bit closer. Its fenders have been modified to accommodate its wider wheel track and it looks positively slammed. So the next-gen Audi RS3 will likely be wider and lower than the current car.
We don’t have any info on the powertrain but it’s likely to be a modified version of the current car’s setup. So we’re expecting a 2.5 liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine but power should be up to around 450 hp, from the current car’s 400 hp. To be honest, its engine doesn’t need to change much, as it’s currently beloved in the industry, even if it’s getting a bit long in the tooth.
There’s currently no time frame for the next-gen Audi RS3 to arrive but expect it to be around 2021.