Audi RS3 Sportback revealed in exclusive render: price, specs and release date

John Tallodi
March 24, 2021

The upcoming Audi RS3 has finally been spotted testing in both saloon and hatchback forms. Read on for more details and an exclusive render showing what this hot hatch will look like. 

  • Saloon and hatchback confirmed
  • More aggressively styled than S3
  • 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbocharged engine
  • Over 400hp likely
  • 0-60mph in 4 seconds
  • Seven-speed automatic gearbox
  • quattro all-wheel drive standard
  • Expected to cost from £50,000
  • On sale later in 2021

The latest Audi RS3 is due to make its official debut later in 2021 and these partially camouflaged examples give you a chance to see the new Sportback hatchback and saloon models. These new pics confirm a few of the design details proposed in our exclusive rendering, below.

New Audi RS3 Sportback design

Our exclusive RS3 rendering shows you what the new car will look like.

The Audi S3 already has aggressive and sporty styling, and the new RS3 is set to up the ante even further. As this exclusive render shows, the RS3 will have a big blacked-out grille, a pair of large air intakes in the front bumper and flared wheel arch extensions, which give the car a bolder look than the rest of the A3 range.

Expect to find a pair of huge exhaust tips at the rear of the new car, along with a redesigned bumper and a more pronounced roof-mounted spoiler than you get on the standard A3 or S3 models.

New Audi RS3 Saloon design

These new images confirm that the new RS 3 saloon will sport a similar design to the Sportback – just like the current model. The front bumper retains its massive air intakes either side of the blacked-out grille and the flared front and rear arches give the RS3 a suitably sportier character than the less powerful Audi S3 saloon.

The mismatched alloy wheels on this prototype are clearly not part of the final design but the massive front brake discs and calipers are a reassuring sign that the RS3 will stop as well as it goes.

New Audi RS3 interior

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

The upcoming Audi RS3 should feature a very similar interior design to the current Audi S3. Expect a few new sporty RS-specific features such as the flat-bottomed steering wheel and a set of sportier front seats, though. The configurable digital display is likely to have new RS graphics too, and there’ll be a few extra RS logos dotted about the centre console for good measure.

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Optional equipment found on the standard Audi A3 ─ such as the centrally mounted 10.1-inch touchscreen ─ should be standard fitment on the new RS3 Saloon and Sportback models.

New Audi RS3 engine

While there is no official word yet on what engine will power the new Audi RS3, the characterful five-cylinder 2.5-litre turbocharged engine from the old car is most likely to return. Expect it to be tweaked to deliver more than the current car’s 400hp, allowing it to more ably take on the 421hp Mercedes-AMG A45 S and 410hp BMW M2 Competition.

The standard quattro all-wheel-drive setup and quick-shifting seven-speed automatic gearbox should help the new Audi RS3 accelerate from 0-60mph quicker than the current model, which completes the sprint in 4.1 seconds.

Audi RS3 price and release date

Pricing for the new Audi RS3 has yet to be announced but you can expect it to cost from close to £50,000 for the Sportback model. The saloon version will likely cost a few thousand pounds more across the range. Extras such as an upgraded sound system, carbon-fibre inserts and even sportier front seats should also be on the options list once again.

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