More and more photos of next-gen Audi A3 models keep popping up, both A3 and S3 variants. However, some new spy photos have just surfaced, showing off the most powerful and most exciting version of the A3 — the Audi RS3 Sportback. (We don’t own the spy photos but they can be seen here)
It isn’t hard to not love the Audi RS3 Sportback. It’s a car that packs 400 hp into a small but practical package and has all-wheel drive capability to make it usable in all weather. It‘s the ultimate daily driver for most enthusiasts, as it’s comfortable and practical enough to handle the school runs while also fun enough to help blow off steam on the way home from work.
So we’re naturally incredibly excited about the next-gen model. For 2020, the Audi RS3 Sportback will be getting many of the same updates as the standard A3 and S3 models. That means new headlights, a new grille design, new taillights and an overall sleeker, more exciting new body shape. It will also be getting a newly updated interior, with Audi’s latest Touch Response MMI system and new interior design.
The car we see in these spy photos looks good, despite wearing heavy camo. We can see its shape, its new grille design and its headlights, which all look like improvements over the current car.
What we can’t see, and what we don’t know for certain, is what lies under its skin. We’re assuming that it will be powered by the same, but possibly updated, 2.5 liter turbocharged five-cylinder from the current car. While the current RS3 makes 400 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque, we’d be surprised if the new Audi RS3 Sportback doesn’t make a bit more than that. It should also handle better, judging by the new Mk8 Volkswagen Golf, which this new Audi RS3 Sortback will share its underpinnings with.
Overall, we’re very excited about the next-gen RS3. It’s always been a favorite of ours so we can’t wait to see what some improvements can do.