Every automaker is in a battle to deliver the most impressive gasoline-powered car as we slowly inch towards the final chapter on gasoline performance. The new compact A3 was launched in 2020 as a brand new model on the MQB Evo platform, so it’s time to look forward to the new RS and S models. I really loved the S3 when I drove it, it was just the perfect balance of power, weight and size for a daily driver. I never really warmed up for RS as it was too fast. Well, the new one is definitely faster.
In Audi’s annual sustainability report, it included a “family portrait” of all the cars it currently offers, with two wild models sitting in the front and center of the factory camo. Hi, they look like RS3s!
Deliveries of S and RS models have been record highs for Audi in recent months, so it makes sense that the company wants to launch the new “affordable” as soon as possible. It needs something to compete with Mercedes’ new A45 S AMG with 415 horsepower and 368 lb-ft, of course, so prepare for a high-power five-cylinder. The new superhatch and supersedan will bring a new level of atom to the mutually secured destruction party.
While we did not get the hatchback here in the US market, we did get the sedan when it was facelifted in 2017. You can stillbuy ally a new 2020 model of that car here but why do you want the old understated 394 horsepower shit when the new fresh comes next year with over 400 horses! Of course you have to get the new one. Spending. Spending!
It is obvious that the new RS3 will still be powered by a turbocharged 5-cylinder, as the 1-2-4-5-3 launch order is embossed right there on the side of the car. It makes sense that the RS3 will share the same DNWA designation petrol 2.5-liter inline five turbo found in the RS Q3 crossover. In crossover, it produces exactly 400 horsepower and a torque of 354 lb-ft. It’s likely that Audi would screw up the boost a bit for its compact bahn burner with range. Come Audi, do the Elon Musk thing and give us 420 to hell.