• May 6, 2009
The all-new Audi A3 is right around the corner and that means a new RS3 will follow soon thereafter. According to Autocar, the new four-ringed hot hatch will be motivated by the TT RS' twin-turbocharged, 2.5-liter five-cylinder, putting out approximately 335 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque through a new, beefed-up seven speed dual-clutch gearbox. Naturally, motivation will be sent to all four wheels through Audi's Quattro system, and a new torque-vectoring differential will be tasked with getting all that grunt to the ground. The new A3 is expected to debut in 2011, with the RS3 variant coming the following year.
Also in 2012, Audi is rumored to begin fleet trials of its new A3 equipped with TwinDrive – the same system set to be employed on the hybrid Golf – which utilizes a 105 hp, 1.6-liter diesel-powered four-pot that joins a 30kW motor to aid the front wheels and another set of 30kW in-wheel motors to power the rears. A 12kWh lithium-ion battery pack will be mounted in the floor of the trunk, receiving electricity from a combination of regenerative braking and (supposedly) a plug-in charger. When equipped in the Golf, the TwinDrive system will reportedly power the hatch up to 31 miles on electricity alone.

[Source: Autocar (1) (2)]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      ^Only ignorant americans.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ford needs to give the Focus an AWD option!!! Not that it's lacking much without one... but it would be unstoppable with AWD.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It'd be heavier. And have another 10% of drivetrain losses. Why would this be a good thing when they've solved the torque-steer issues without it? All it would do is suck more gas and give it a slightly faster straight-line 0-60 time.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If it costs more than 32'000, don't bother. If it's automatic only, don't bother. But watch, they'll do both then say 'see, Americans don't buy hatchbacks!' It's a wonder all automakers aren't bankrupt, being bought by FIAT.
      • 5 Years Ago
      THIS JUST IN: coming to america.... we think not.

      ...and we all sigh
        • 5 Years Ago
        in addition! another cross-suv-whatever thing will be released in America!
        • 5 Years Ago
        sooooooooooooooooooooo tired of SUVs and crossovers
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yeah, Americans would never want something this fun.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Currently the A3 V6 awd option STARTS at $37,800.

      Yes you heard that right! The 250hp version starts at almost $38,000.

      So basically an S3 would be $41,000

      Add 2 turbos, intercooler etc ... RS3 easily $45,000

      I dunno.. I like the specs.. but I think I would choose either an STI for $10k less in price OR I would choose a BMW3 (335xi - I know the awd doesn't compare) series.

      I just don't see justifying nearly 50k on a compact wagon. Hell for 50k I could buy a Mazdaspeed3 AND a 2010 Prius!


      • 5 Years Ago
      it is just a rendering, not official.
      anyway kick ass!
      • 5 Years Ago
      "Audi gunning for Ford" The Dearborn folks have to love that title.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I hope they do! Audi sucks!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well if they won't release the S3 in the USA, because it would compete with the low selling R32, they will definitely not sell the RS3
        • 5 Years Ago
        You have a point about the S3 competing with the R32 but the RS3's pricetag will place it at a different tier than any VW. But I don't think it'll come either because it won't make sense to have A3 and RS3 but not the S in America. sigh....
      • 5 Years Ago
      The A3 is an excellent car. I see a decent number on the roads here in Canada, but I've never seen one in the U.S. It's a shame that Americans seem to buy the largest car they can afford, instead of a really good small car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ford? Try Mitsubishi and Subaru.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Mitsu and Subaru aren't nice enough on the inside. They may be a different league performance wise, but they're also a different league refinement wise.
        • 5 Years Ago
        No. Try Ford.

        Ford is running the sporty gravy train on their home continent...
      • 5 Years Ago
      How does it gun for a Focus RS? It's not in the same market given its much higher price.
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