The next generation of Audi five-pot power looks spectacular!
We've got just a few more years before we can forget about ever hearing Audi's iconic five-cylinder engine in a brand new car again. That's because Audi is planning to move over to electric cars only by 2026. We're going to miss it, but until then, the 8Y generation Audi RS3 is on the way, and it looks set to be the best one yet. It'll have more power than ever and will boast the fashionable drift mode that so many recent AWD cars are fitted with. We're yet to get the full reveal and all the technical info from Audi, as the company has been teasing the vehicle in crazy camo as is its custom of late. Fortunately, we've got a jump on the 8Y's styling thanks to new images leaked from Germany.
It's unclear what the original source of the images is, but they have been shared by aftermarket tuning outfit VAG Cafe. Without any camo on the car, we can see that our earlier guesses about the styling have proven to be correct. Our favorite new detail has to be the e-tron GT-inspired vent on each front fender, but that wasabi-like green paint is pretty attractive too. This model seems to be fitted with the Black Optics package, so the mirror caps, trunk spoiler, rocker panel accents, and front grille trim elements are all painted in a glossy obsidian finish. The RS3-specific daytime running light signature is also clearer in these images.
A new design of wheels is apparent too, with these appearing to boast a split between diamond-cut accents and gloss black painting. The typically beefy front brake calipers are clearly visible through these. Finally, we see a black roof and a new faux grille element spanning the width of the rear apron, with those trademark oval pipes framing the meaty faux diffuser. Inside, the RS3 will sport a customizable digital driver info display with readouts for g forces, torque split, and various drive modes. We'll report back with a more detailed evaluation of the new RS3's capabilities and features on July 19th, when it makes its global debut. Save the date and savor the moment - you're about to be introduced to the last-ever generation of five-pot Audis.