The German brand also tells us of its plans for the future of RS high performance.
Audi has been teasing the next RS3 for a while now, and we've been told that it will get a significant power bump to help it better fight the Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 S. It's one of the German carmaker's most exciting offerings and one that fans of the brand are waiting for with bated breath.
In a new release detailing how the R and RS models offered by Ingolstadt have been performing and what Audi's plans for these are, the luxury automaker also showed off the new RS3 in both hatchback and sedan format. Both cars are wearing extensive camo wraps, but with these high-res images, we can glean more details about their design.
The camo wraps both feature the Audi RS3's firing order of 1-2-4-5-3, but any true five-pot fan already knows that. What you may not have noticed is that the grilles have been redesigned. While the 2.0-liter four-pot S3 has hexagonal inserts on the grille fake intakes, the RS3 gets octagonal grille inserts with functional air dams on either side. The RS3 also gets a redesigned LED lighting signature, while typical cues that we're used to seeing include larger fenders. The RS3 sedan also shows off a subtle trunk spoiler and oval exhaust tips in a meaty diffuser. We can also see that the front fenders will have prominent vents like the RS e-tron GT.
Thankfully, whatever changes may happen to the styling, that wrap confirms that we'll get a five-pot under the hood, which we expect to produce over 400 horsepower from its 2.5 liters of turbocharged capacity. However, it may also feature mild-hybrid assistance. If the new model doesn't, future models surely will, as Audi says that the R and RS models it sells will see at least 50 percent of their lineup partially or fully electrified by 2024, with that portion likely to jump to as much as 80 percent by 2026.
The end of the decade will see all high-performance offerings electrified in some way, so if you're after an analog feel from your fast Audi, best you grab one of the last to be free of EV assistance.