The new generation Audi RS3 Sedan was recently taken to northern Europe for more testing, ahead of its premiere which we believe will take place this fall.
Despite being partially wrapped in light camo, we can see that it features a new front bumper with larger air intakes over the regular A3 Sedan, wider fenders, bigger side skirts, more aggressive rear diffuser with cutouts for the oval exhaust pipes and a thin boot lid spoiler.
The wheels are identical to those on the RS3 Sportback prototype scooped right before the Winter Holidays, which will share the same design, mechanicals and probably the suspension set-up too. Both models will use an upgraded version of the turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine, which might add a particulate filter in order to lower the carbon dioxide emissions.
In terms of power, expect a small bump over the current iteration, which has 400 PS (394 HP / 294 kW) and 480 Nm (354 lb-ft) of torque. It’s been reported that the new model might launch with around 420 PS (414 HP / 309 kW) in the ‘regular’ version, while the Performance Edition might boast up to 450 PS (444 HP / 331 kW). The 0 to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) sprint should be dealt with in less than 4 seconds, considering that the current RS3 Sedan needs 4.1 seconds.
The new RS3 Sedan is the one to keep an eye out for, as it will launch in the United States to take on the likes of the Mercedes-AMG CLA 45. The hot hatchback variant meanwhile will be kept on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean.