The all-new 2021 Audi RS3 Sportback was spied preventing for grip on the Nurburgring and, in a few instances, kicking its tail out a bit.
Then once more, that’s to be anticipated whenever you push a really highly effective hatch to its limits on the observe. How highly effective? Properly, greater than sufficient to offer the present mega-hatch king, the 415 HP (421 PS / 310 kW) Mercedes-AMG A45 S, some critical competitors.
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Just like the Merc, the brand new RS3 will likely be obtainable in two variations, customary and Efficiency. Probably powered by a closely up to date model of the two.5-liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine, the latter will reportedly have 444 HP (450 PS / 331 kW) obtainable on faucet. A drift mode is rumored for this mannequin, which can even characteristic the quattro all-wheel drive system and a dual-clutch automated transmission.
Those that won’t wish to spend further on the RS3 Efficiency Sportback (identify unconfirmed) can order the usual model – effectively, as a lot as anybody can name a sizzling hatch with a rumored 414 HP (420 PS / 309 kW) and 369 lb-ft (500 Nm) of torque customary. The identical powertrains will likely be used within the 2021 RS3 Sedan, which is the one that can launch in North America.
Elsewhere, search for a sporty physique package that can draw a transparent line between the RS3 and common A3, in addition to quad exhaust pipes, sports activities seats, model-specific upholstery, RS badging and a number of other different extras.
The RS3 Sportback ought to premiere earlier than the tip of the yr, adopted shortly by the four-door physique model.