To finish! After years of spy photos and rumors, Audi is almost ready to unveil the highly anticipated next-gen RS3. Complementing a press release on the success of the ever growing RS lineup, the first images show the smallest cars in the family. Attached below is a video posted by the Four Rings that also focuses on the two hot models, but you’ll need to jump to the 6:42 mark for a closer look.
Both the hatchback and the sedan are fully wrapped, although the Audi Sport camouflage doesn’t hide anything. If you are wondering about the “1-2-4-5-3” stuck on the sides of cars, it refers to the firing order of the 2.5-liter five-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine. The same smooth-sounding TFSI engine also powers the RS Q3 and TT RS models and is one of the few remaining five-cylinder engines, with Ford’s 3.2-liter diesel offered in the Ranger truck and its Everest SUV counterpart.
With huge front air vents and the twin oval tailpipes on the rear, you can easily tell these cars are a step up from the S3. They also seem to ride closer to the road and have large wheels, and in the sedan’s case there’s a subtle trunk lid spoiler. The cars look like they’re on the verge of losing their livery and hopefully we won’t have to wait until September at the IAA Munich show to see them in their entirety.
About this engine. It develops 394 horsepower (294 kilowatts) and 354 pound-feet (480 Newton-meters) of torque in other compact RS cars, but reports insist it will be modified to deliver higher horsepower in newer models. RS3. We hear it could generate around 414 hp (309 kW) and 369 lb-ft (500 Nm), with potential derived from RS3 Performance packing even more oomph, but take that with the proverbial pinch of salt.
After announcing plans in September 2019 for a next-generation RS4 Avant with a plug-in hybrid powertrain, Audi Sport is now reiterating that the PHEV models are to come. In fact, the company expects half of its annual sales to be represented by partially electrified models and electric vehicles by 2024, with the percentage rising to 80 by 2026. By 2030, all the R and RS models will be electrified in one way or another. another.