New Audi RS3 saloon spotted: price, specs and release date

Padraig Mallett
September 25, 2020

A saloon prototype of the all-new Audi RS3 has been spotted testing at the Nürburgring race circuit. 

  • Saloon and hatchback models
  • 2.5-litre turbocharged engine
  • More than 400hp
  • quattro four-wheel drive
  • 0-60 in 4 seconds
  • Will likely cost from £50,000

The new Audi RS3 hot-hatch and saloon will be revealed early next year to compete with the likes of the Mercedes-AMG A45 S and BMW M2. Here’s everything you need to know about it.

The new RS3 comes with more air intakes to cool its more powerful engine. 

New Audi RS3 design

The new Audi RS3’s design is based on the recently launched A3 and S3, but you can see some significant differences for this upcoming high-performance model. Wide wheel arches front and rear, a sporty body kit, plus two huge oval-shaped exhaust pipes sticking out of the rear bumper show that this isn’t your run-of-the-mill A3.

The new RS3’s cabin will look similar to the new S3’s, shown here.

New Audi RS3 interior

The Audi RS3’s interior will come with the same layout as the standard A3, though you can expect premium options such as Alcantara suede-upholstery with contrasting stitching and embossed RS logos on a set of more supportive sports seats. A flat-bottomed RS-branded steering wheel will come as standard and you’ll get a 10.1-inch touchscreen with Audi’s latest infotainment system built-in. This’ll come with RS-specific graphics and the ability to record acceleration and lap times – if you’re into that sort of thing.

Audi is expected to fit the new RS3 with a 2.5-litre five-cylinder engine.

New Audi RS3 Engine

Audi hasn’t confirmed what engine will power the new RS3, but it’s expected to come with a 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbocharged engine – possibly the same unit that’s fitted to the current model. However, it’ll likely be modified to improve performance and to meet stricter emissions regulations.

As in all Audi RS models, quattro all-wheel drive will come as standard.

Audi’s quattro all-wheel-drive system and a dual-clutch automatic gearbox will be fitted as standard. You can expect the car to have more than 400hp and be able to do 0-60mph in around 4 seconds.

Expect to see the RS3 officially revealed in early 2021. 

Audi RS3 price and release date

Official pricing and a release date for the Audi RS3 is still to be determined but the car is expected to be revealed in full by early 2021. As for pricing, expect the RS3 to compete with the likes of the Mercedes-AMG A45 S, so will cost from approximately £50,000.

Check out the best hot hatches on sale or compare the latest Audi RS3 offers available on the current car through carwow. Tap the video below to watch our drag race video featuring the Mercedes-AMG A45 S, BMW M2 Competition, Audi RS3 and VW Golf R.

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