The Audi RS 3 has entered the final stages of improvement ahead of its unveiling this September 2021 – with the gross sales and promoting boss of Audi Sport revealing to Auto Convey that lovers can “rely” on the firm’s engineers to supply with this third-era variation of the auto.

In an exclusive interview with us, Audi Sport’s Profits and Marketing chief, Frank Michl, called the new Audi RS 3 “one of the success tales of the manufacturer.” He attributed the car’s reputation to its five-cylinder powertrain, hinting that Audi would not glance to downsize with this Mk3 design.

Michl said: “I think [the RS 3] is one particular of the most emotional Audi Sport automobiles and is a major section of the brand’s DNA, even heading back again to the initial quattro. You can be guaranteed that for each potential RS design we will always choose ahead the great features and qualities.”

Having said that, Michl refused to disclose any precise aspects on the RS 3’s specs, stating only that it would be “some months” till the new auto can make its debut, though Auto Convey can reveal Audi’s upcoming Mercedes-AMG A 45 fighter will be unveiled this September, achieving British isles streets just before the conclude of 2021.

While Audi bosses are now commencing to discuss in earnest about the project, the new RS 3 has been spied numerous moments in the hands of engineers at the Nurburgring, indicating that the new 400bhp+ tremendous-hatch is in the final stages of evaluation. Here’s everything we know so far. 

Audi RS 3: design and system

Our most not too long ago spied check auto wears much less camouflage than prior mules, providing us a good sign of the finished product’s styling. Some of the car’s most intricate design characteristics – such as its vented front bumper and intense rear diffuser – stay masked but, what is crystal clear is that, like all RS-branded Audis, the new RS 3 will characteristic a purposeful bodykit which sets it aside from its lesser-powered A3 siblings.

At the front, Audi has fitted a bolder bumper with broader intakes which, alongside with a pair of added vents on the trailing edge of the front wheel arches, need to assistance to expel sizzling air from the engine bay. The car’s aspect skirts are also deeper than the normal A3’s – and, at the rear, there’s a larger sized wing, a new diffuser and a set of outsized oval exhaust suggestions.

The makeover will go on within, with a pair of heavily bolstered sports activities seats, a sports activities steering wheel, aluminium pedals and a array of RS-precise displays for the car’s 10.1-inch infotainment process and “Virtual Cockpit” digital instrument binnacle.

Like the eighth-era Golfing, the new Audi RS 3 will be based mostly on the most up-to-date variation of Volkswagen Group’s MQB underpinnings, albeit with a variety of effectiveness updates. Existing testing mules activity chassis updates like lowered suspension and drilled brake discs with larger sized calipers – all of which need to discover their way onto the manufacturing design.

Audi RS 3: engine and drivetrain

As the new RS 3 will be based mostly on the similar system as the outgoing design, Audi need to also retain the recent car’s turbocharged 2.5-litre five-cylinder petrol engine – which is still used in the latest Audi RS Q3. Having said that, the unit’s energy and torque figures will boost to about 415bhp and 500Nm (in excess of the engine’s normal output of 395bhp and 480Nm), in an hard work to keep the RS 3 aggressive with the 415bhp Mercedes-AMG A 45 S.

Electricity will be despatched via a twin-clutch automatic transmission to a quattro all-wheel-generate process. Like the outgoing design, the new RS 3’s chassis and drivetrain will be supported by an arsenal of effectiveness-dealing with engineering, such as adjustable dampers, a torque vectoring process and an adaptive digital energy steering setup.

Audi RS 3: pricing and launch day

Audi is still to officially announce the RS 3’s on-sale day, but we expect it’ll reach British isles showrooms about November 2021 just after a September unveil, with prices starting up from about £50,000. This would make the RS 3 around £11,000 additional high-priced than its mid-array underling, the 306bhp Audi S3, which is priced from £38,465.

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