As American Audi enthusiasts, the Audi RS3 Sedan is the one we’re most excited about, despite the RS3 Sportback being the better looking, more practical version. Why do we care more about the Sedan, then? Because it’s the only one we’re going to get.
For the most part, Americans don’t like hatchbacks (unless they’re over two-tons, sit ten-inches off the ground, can seat seven and are called SUVs). So hatchbacks don’t sell well here, which is why German brands are apprehensive to sell them. Fortunately, Audi cares enough to make us an extra special sedan version, to appeal to our hatchback-hating sensibilities.
The Audi RS3 Sedan can be seen doing some hot laps on the Nurburgring in this new video and it looks promising. The current RS3 Sedan is already a great car so this new one should be even better. While it ultimately packs the same engine, a 2.5 liter turbocharged five-cylinder, it’s a brilliant engine that fans don’t want to see changed.
That engine will make somewhere around 400 horsepower, with maybe a push toward 450 horsepower if we’re lucky. But that doesn’t matter so much, as we already know it’s going to be quick. What we’re hoping for is some improvement in not only handling but fun. The current car is a great sporty daily driver but it lacks the sort of handling fun that its competitors have. So we’re hoping that the new RS3 Sedan gets a bit more fizz.
It certainly seems capable enough, in this new video. Turn-in seems sharp for a front-wheel drive-based, all-wheel drive sedan, and it has grip for days. Though, that last bit is to be expected, as the current RS3 is already a very sticky machine.
We can’t wait until the new Audi RS3 Sedan makes its official debut and comes ‘Stateside. That way, we can get our hands on it and give it a proper test.