The Audi RS3 is already a favourite within the “compact performance car” category among the South African petrolhead community. We often see the RS3 being put up against the likes of Golf R’s, M cars as well as C63s etc and completely giving every car, yes that sometimes includes supercars, a run for its money.
The latest generation of the Audi RS3 was spied testing on the Nürburgring Nordschleife in both the hatchback and sedan models.
Despite the test car being completely wrapped up in its camo wrap, we can make out a few new changes. Like all RS models, this RS3 has seemed to gain a more aggressive body style (compared to the 8V shape). Visual upgrades to the front includes the sleek new LED headlights, new grille, a “more-flared” bumper with a longer lower lip as well as an overall more wide appearance. The rear will be getting a set of sleek taillights along with the boot from the new A3 but with much more of a “higher sit” than usual which could be a result of a small boot-spoiler hiding under the layers of camo. Audi will most likely be slapping on a set of its twin-exit oval exhausts accompanied with an aggressive diffuser.
Thankfully, it seems that Audi is sticking to the amazing 2.5 liter TFSI 5-pot engine that’s mated to a 7-speed dual clutch S-tronic transmission and quattro all-wheel drive system. According to Auto Motor und Sport, the 2021 RS3 will produce 313 kW (420 hp) and 500 Nm, while the performance version will produce 336 kW (450 hp).
The new RS3 will certainly be a good match to the new A45 AMG which produces 310 kW and 500 N.m from its 2.0-litre four‑cylinder engine,.
The 2021 RS3 was spotted on Nürburgring Nordschleife doing some test laps and was uploaded to Stateside Supercars Youtube Channel.