The Audi RS3 has dropped more camo since our last sighting.
Audi Sport has been on a roll lately launching several new high-performance RS models in America, including the new RS7, the RS6 Avant, and the RS Q8. But one Audi RS model that still hasn't broken cover is the new Audi RS3. While Audi has been caught testing mules with modified A3 bodies before, our spies have spotted a production-ready prototype of the RS3 Sedan out in the wild for the first time. Unlike the hatchback, the sedan version will go on sale in America, where it will take on the Mercedes-AMG CLA 45.
With less camouflage hiding its aggressive body, we get a clearer view of the new RS3's wider fenders and side sills that make it look like an A3 that's been working out at the gym. An air intake is also hiding under the camoflague behind the front wheel and the production rear bumper has now been fitted incorporating Audi Sport's signature oval exhaust pipes. A subtle spoiler also adorns the rear.
For the 2021 model year, the Audi A3 was updated with standard LED headlights, a wider grille, and new taillights. These changes will also carry over to the hardcore RS3, as will the regular A3's updated interior that incorporates a larger 10.1-inch touchscreen, a 10.3-inch digital display, and an optional head-up display.
Under the hood, the new RS3 will use an updated version of the 2.5-liter, five-cylinder turbo engine that powers the current model. In the current RS3, this unit produces 394 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque, which is sent to all four wheels through a seven-speed automatic transmission. Hopefully, the new model will get a power bump over its predecessor.
Since the 2021 S3 debuted last month, there's a good chance the new RS3 will be revealed later this year or possibly in early 2021.