The Audi RS3 is a rumored hot hatch from the German automaker that adds the automaker’s Rennsport attitude to the A3 entry level hatchback. The car will wear unique bodywork with bulging fenders and larger air intakes. The RS3 is rumored to be powered by a turbocharged 5 cylinder engine making 335 HP from the Audi TT-RS sports car feature Audi’s Quattro all wheel drive system.
Yesterday we confirmed that the Audi RS3 would be making its world debut at the Paris Auto Show at the end of this month. Today we’re ready with more details surrounding the future sports hatchback.
The Audi RS3 will only be offered in a five-door version with prices anticipated to be between £38,000 -£40,000. It will be powered by the same 2.5 liter, 5-cylinder turbocharged engine that is found in the TT-RS, but with the output increased by 10 HP (going up to 350 HP). The engine will be mated to a new 7-speed S-trinic gearbox (PQ500 unit) as an option (also available on TT RS for ordering now).
And since everyone is obsessed with weight these days - have you seen the crazy crash diets out there?! - Audi has fitted the hatchback with aluminum panels, suspension parts, and special lightweight sport seats to trim the some fat.
As if this information wasn’t enough to sate your appetite for RS3 knowledge, we also have news that Audi will only build 2,700 units of the RS3, one for each BMW 1-Series M Coupe built. Talk about competition. We would have opted for 2,701 units, just to be one ahead.
As a reminder, Audi will also be bringing a concept version for the future Q3 SUV to the Paris Auto Show.
Audi has finally decided to come out with the production version of the Audi A3 RS, and we won’t have to wait long to see it either. The small hatchback will be making its appearance at the end of September at the Paris Motor Show. It will also be joined by the concept version of the future Q3 SUV.
Unfortunately, we also come bearing some bad news; Audi will only be producing 2,700 units of the RS3. We still don’t know how many, if any, of those units will be making their way to our side of the Atlantic. Of course, Audi did give word that the A3 sedan would be coming over and they recently decided - yesterday - to bless us with the TT-RS, so we have some high hopes for the hatchback’s oversea venture!
The Audi RS3 will be powered by a 2.5 liter, 5-cylinder turbocharged engine, combining Audi’s proven Quattro all wheel drive system with a turbocharged five cylinder engine to produce a factory backed 335 HP. It is also rumored that the RS3 will get an all-new chassis.
Now that Audi has brought the new A3 on the market, they have moved on to preparing its higher performance RS version. Back in April, a test mule was caught lapping in Nurburgring and we had assumed that it would lead to a Paris Motor Show debut. That proved to be an accurate assumption as Audi will be debuting the RS3 at the end of September at the show.
The Audi RS3 will only be offered in a five-door version with prices anticipated to be between £38,000 -£40,000. Like the Audi TT RS, the Audi RS3 will be powered by a 2.5 liter, 5-cylinder turbocharged engine that is found in the TT-RS, but will adjust it to gain another 10hp, bringing the total horsepower up to 350. The engine will be mated to a new 7-speed S-trinic gearbox (PQ500 unit) as an option (also available on TT RS for ordering now). It is also rumored that the RS3 will get an all-new chassis which wouldn’t be surprising considering they have also gone to some lengths to decrease weight ont he hatchback. Audi has fitted the hatchback with aluminum panels, suspension parts, and special lightweight sport seats to trim the fat.
We have also heard that Audi will only build 2,700 units of the RS3, which is exactly the number of units the BMW 1-Series M Coupe will see. Coincidence? We think not.
There is some bad news to this story though; U.S. Audi fans shouldn’t hold their breath in anticipation for the new RS3. If Audi won’t share the 261 hp S3 with North America, the chances are slim that it will export its halo vehicle.
UPDATE 09/16/2010: This review has been updated with new details on the RS3.
Speculation is running rampant as to which cars are going to be making an appearance at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show this week. While other notable vehicles have already been confirmed for the guest list, some brands are keeping tight-lipped until the 11th hour.
One of the cars that is rumoured to show up is the Audi RS3 and while nothing has been confirmed regarding its appearance, one Audi dealer in Cape Town, South Africa seems to know more than we do.
In a tweet he posted on his Twitter site, the dealer said: "Looking forward to the unveiling of the new Audi RS3. 2.5L five-cylinder turbocharged engine, 4WD & 335Bhp. See it at Frankfurt Motor Show."
A number of other sources, most notably those coming from Ingolstadt – Audi’s headquarters, have also let the cat slip out of the bag, despite no formal announcement coming from Audi themselves.
In any event, the Frankfurt Motor Show is only a week away so any and all rumours regarding the appearance of the RS3 is bound to pick up as the days leading to the show winds down.
When Audi introduced the A3 TDI Clubsport Quattro the automaker from Ingolstadt wasn’t just showing the world how desirable a TDI powered three door hatchback could be, but they were also testing the waters with the radical deign of the upcoming Audi RS3, a car that we could be seeing as soon as September with a possible debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show after being delayed for over a year.
The RS3 is a factory tuned hot hatch based on the Audi A3 premium compact. The highly anticipated RS version of Audi’s popular hatchback takes performance and styling to the next level by fitting the limited edition model with distinct bodywork as well as an upgraded power plant. In true hot rod fashion, the RS3 will be powered by the engine from a real sports car, the Audi TT-RS, combining Audi’s proven Quattro all wheel drive system with a turbocharged five cylinder engine to produce a factory backed 340 HP. However from what we have seen from spy shots and renderings, it looks like Audi is leaving the bold fender flares at home.
A couple weeks ago we caught a rumor that Audi was working on a RS version of the A3, and now it looks like we may have proof. Although this looks like a tamer S3, reports say that the engine sounded like something much larger than a 2.0-liter turbo four.
The 340 hp 2.5-liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine from the TT RS is the logical choice for the RS3 because of its linage with the TT. If the car gets the green light, we wouldn’t expect to see an examples until after the A3 line gets refreshed in 2011. Then again, since we are in the U.S., and we don’t even get the S3, we may never see an example at all.
We’ve waited a while to see the Audi TT RS, but now that Audi has unveiled the car ahead of the Geneva Motor Show, we can move on. Audi is doing the doing the same thing...sorta. It now seems that Audi will e trying to get its money’s worth with the development of the TT RS by spreading around some of the mechanical bits to the next generation Audi A3.
Right now the Audi TT shares a platform with the A3 (as well as the VW Golf, VW Jetta, Seat Leon and Skoda Octavia), but around 2011 the A3 will get an all new chassis. The TT may follow suit or possibly borrow from Volkswagen’s BlueSport for its next generation, but either way, the little A3 may take the 272 hp 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine from the TT RS as a parting gift.
Even if this rumor becomes true, U.S. Audi fans shouldn’t hold their breath. If Audi won’t share the 261 hp S3 with North America, the chances are slim that it will export an even hotter version.