The ultimate Audi hot hatch is coming! Auto Express has learned that the firm’s RS badge is set to make its debut on the A3 at September’s Frankfurt Motor Show.
The RS3 will be the latest in an ever-growing line-up of Audi high-performance models. Power comes from the TT RS’s 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbocharged engine, which means an output of 335bhp. This is transferred to all four wheels via the company’s proven quattro system.
Styling is set to take inspiration from the Clubsport TDI concept car, which debuted in May 2008. The RS3 will feature the same blistered wheelarches, low front splitter and diffuser-style rear bumper, for an imposing look.
Under the skin, the rest of the mechanicals are shared with the current flagship of the range, the S3. From this solid base, Audi’s engineers are only expected to tweak the handling by using stiffer springs, magnetic dampers and bigger brakes.
Extensive testing has been carried out at the Nürburgring in Germany to ensure the car is worthy of the RS badge. It should cover 0-62mph in around five seconds and hit a top speed 155mph.
More details will follow at Frankfurt, but expect a price tag of around £35,000 – making the RS3 a more expensive rival to the Ford Focus RS and BMW 135i.