The Audi RS 3 has entered the remaining levels of improvement in advance of its unveiling this September 2021 – with the profits and promoting boss of Audi Activity revealing to Automobile Convey that followers can “rely” on the firm’s engineers to produce with this third-generation edition of the car or truck.

In an exclusive job interview with us, Audi Sport’s Sales and Advertising and marketing chief, Frank Michl, called the new Audi RS 3 “one of the achievement tales of the brand.” He attributed the car’s popularity to its five-cylinder powertrain, hinting that Audi would not glance to downsize with this Mk3 model.

Michl mentioned: “I think [the RS three] is a person of the most psychological Audi Activity automobiles and is a key component of the brand’s DNA, even likely back to the primary quattro. You can be guaranteed that for each and every potential RS model we will always just take ahead the very good features and characteristics.”

Nonetheless, Michl refused to disclose any specific facts on the RS 3’s specs, stating only that it would be “some months” till the new car or truck tends to make its debut, although Automobile Convey can reveal Audi’s upcoming Mercedes-AMG A 45 fighter will be unveiled this September, achieving Uk streets prior to the finish of 2021.

While Audi bosses are now beginning to speak in earnest about the project, the new RS three has been spied a lot of situations in the arms of engineers at the Nurburgring, indicating that the new 400bhp+ tremendous-hatch is in the remaining levels of assessment. Here’s every little thing we know so much. 

Audi RS three: structure and system

Our most not too long ago spied examination car or truck wears a lot less camouflage than previous mules, offering us a respectable sign of the finished product’s styling. Some of the car’s most intricate structure capabilities – such as its vented entrance bumper and intense rear diffuser – continue to be masked but, what is distinct is that, like all RS-branded Audis, the new RS three will element a purposeful bodykit which sets it aside from its lesser-powered A3 siblings.

At the entrance, Audi has fitted a bolder bumper with broader intakes which, along with a pair of additional vents on the trailing edge of the entrance wheel arches, ought to aid to expel very hot air from the engine bay. The car’s side skirts are also deeper than the standard A3’s – and, at the rear, there’s a bigger wing, a new diffuser and a set of oversized oval exhaust recommendations.

The makeover will continue inside of, with a pair of greatly bolstered athletics seats, a athletics steering wheel, aluminium pedals and a array of RS-specific shows for the car’s infotainment procedure and “Virtual Cockpit” electronic instrument binnacle.

Like the eighth-generation Golfing, the new Audi RS three will be dependent on the latest edition of Volkswagen Group’s MQB underpinnings, albeit with a number of general performance updates. Recent screening mules sport chassis updates like decreased suspension and drilled brake discs with bigger calipers – all of which ought to obtain their way onto the output model.

Audi RS three: engine and drivetrain

As the new RS three will be dependent on the exact same system as the outgoing model, Audi ought to also retain the present car’s turbocharged two.five-litre five-cylinder petrol engine – which is however utilised in the latest Audi RS Q3. Nonetheless, the unit’s power and torque figures will enhance to all-around 415bhp and 500Nm (around the engine’s typical output of 395bhp and 480Nm), in an energy to maintain the RS three aggressive with the 415bhp Mercedes-AMG A 45 S.

Electricity will be sent by a twin-clutch computerized transmission to a quattro all-wheel-push procedure. Like the outgoing model, the new RS 3’s chassis and drivetrain will be supported by an arsenal of general performance-dealing with technological innovation, such as adjustable dampers, a torque vectoring procedure and an adaptive electronic power steering setup.

Audi RS three: pricing and launch day

Audi is but to formally announce the RS 3’s on-sale day, but we anticipate it’ll arrive at Uk showrooms all-around November 2021 just after a September unveil, with rates beginning from all-around £50,000. This would make the RS three roughly £11,000 much more high priced than its mid-array underling, the 306bhp Audi S3, which is priced from £38,465.

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