Get A First Look At The All-New 2020 Audi RS3

Spy Shots

Mercedes is about to get some stiff competition.

Although they haven't been revealed as of yet, we know Mercedes is working on hardcore versions of the A-Class and CLA-Class with around 400 horsepower. The A45 and CLA45 should be highly competitive in the performance sub-compact luxury car segment, but Audi Sport isn't just going to sit back and let AMG have all the fun. The current Audi RS3 is already a blisteringly fast car, capable of breaking its own 0-60 mph estimates courtesy of an underrated 2.5-liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine. Many people believe this five-cylinder mill produces more than its rated 400 horsepower because it hits 0-60 mph in only 3.7 seconds - beating Audi's 4.1-second estimate - but a new version could be even more potent.

Despite the RS3 already being a performance bargain, Audi is currently working on an all-new model, which is expected to arrive in the 2020 model year. We've already seen spy shots of what appeared to be a camouflaged A3 or S3 test mule, but now Audi has been spotted testing an all-new RS3. Unlike the car in the previous spy shots, this test mule wears no camouflage because it is testing using a shell of the existing RS3 body. It is clear this is a test mule and not just a standard RS3 because the car has wider fenders in the front and rear, meaning the new RS3 will likely have a wider track than the current car. These spy shots also show the new RS3 wearing a Sportback body, which will likely remain as a European-only model while US buyers get the sedan.

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We expect to see a bump in power from the current cars' 400 hp rating, which should make it a match for AMG's upcoming cars. Based on previous A3/S3 spy shots, we should also expect the RS3 to adopt a new touchscreen infotainment layout rather than utilizing the current car's rotating knob and pop-up screen. We'll get a better idea of what the new RS3 will look like when the A3 and S3 are revealed later in 2019.