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.

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  (526) posted on 11.11.2011

Yeah! The grille of this vehicle is really looks so stupid, but despite that I can say that its other feature is not bad at all. However, I think they should truly enhance this car more.

  (333) posted on 11.2.2011

This is the simplest Audi car that I saw nowadays but in spite that I can say that it is still very striking and appealing on that simplicity. However, I wonder if what will really be the engine specs of it?

  (448) posted on 10.25.2011

Is it on a matte color? Anyway, I must say that it is already looking great and awesome on that in spite of having an aesthetic design. smiley I’m just only curious on what will be the figure performance of it.

  (1211) posted on 12.16.2010

coz i hate the fact that audi just copy and paste the same car front to every model and then say it’s a new one... look at this and the ’new’ RS5... don’t tell me that they are not 80% alike...

  (515) posted on 05.6.2010

They’ve test it with the VW bagde but it’s actually an audi a3... Pretty nasty using a VW badge just to cover it’s true appearance on the market.

  (364) posted on 05.5.2010

Well, the turbo charge kits really helps a lot in gaining more speed and horses... and IMO it’s old headlamps does looks like the headlamp of the Nissan Skyline GT-R R32.

  (648) posted on 05.4.2010

hmm Looks like a good competitor of the Mitsubishi lancer Evolution. It’s engine’s performance and speed are almost the same as the EVO.

  (858) posted on 05.3.2010

If they still coming out with cars with this stupid front grill in 2012... good luck to them... i have started to feel bored 2 years ago... many people will soon feel the same too.

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