• Jun 22, 2010
2011 Audi RS3 – Click above for high-res image gallery

The next generation Audi RS3 is coming, it's just a matter of when. But the bigger question is what's going to power Audi's hottest hatch when it arrives on European shores.

Considering that the A3 on which it's based shares the same platform (PQ35) as the TT RS, there's a good chance that Audi could swap the coupe's turbocharged 2.5-liter FSI inline-five into the engine bay. Unchanged, the five-pot would put out 335 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque to either a six-speed manual or S Tronic dual-clutch gearbox, and naturally, power will be delivered to all four wheels with a similar 40:60 front-to-rear torque split.

Our recent batch of spy shots show a slightly modified A3, complete with a RS-ified fascia, lower stance and massive brakes front and rear, although the single, twin-tipped exhaust (and grilled-mounted badge) could be mistaken for a standard S3. More interestingly is the rear wing, which remained fixed during part of the RS3's 'Ring run, but was canted upwards around another section. It could be some kind of adaptive air brake or it could've just come undone while whipping around the track.

Regardless, since Audi doesn't offer an S3 in the U.S., there's little chance of the RS3 making it to the States anytime soon.




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      • 4 Years Ago
      Considering there are no visible brackets or struts, and the brakes lights arent actually on during deployment of this 'air brake', id say this is just a spoiler thats busted off
      • 4 Years Ago
      trend*****

      damn computer!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, it looks really sweet. Too bad that they won't bring it here though.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ahh come on, stick the 4.2L FSI V8 in that thing! It only weighs 340lbs. Now that would be a blast!
        • 4 Years Ago
        yup, they'd drop the 2.5T in before they dropped the 4.2... wait that's what they're doing :P. silly requirements like 'must fit' :P
        • 4 Years Ago
        I love that engine.

        You must admit it drinks too much oil and waaaay too much gas to be in even a RS version of a hatchback.
      • 4 Years Ago
      DOC - your thinking of the non-FSI version in the S4 that drank oil. I change my oil every 5k and never have needed to add oil. It's really not too bad on gas even in my 3950lb car. Still get 19.5 mixed reasonable driving.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I just don't understand why Audi doesn't bring the S3 and RS3 to the U.S. With more people buying &38,000 STI's and $43,000 EVO's why not a $50,000 RS3? I would pay more for the higher quaility materials.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Cool.
      • 4 Years Ago
      and most likely the US wont get it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Probably not, why would they ever do something like that? /sarcasm

        Seriously though, it looks pretty sleek, though I think it would look better with dual exaust instead of the single twin pipes
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well if they do they can consider one already sold to me!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Another day, another piece of forbidden fruit. Anyone else see a lot of Dodge Journey in the side-profile shot?
      • 4 Years Ago
      That's not an adjustable rear wing. That's probably an air-brake like you would see on the new SLS, Veyron, and upcoming Hennessey Venom GT. If speculation is correct, this is going to have enough power to need help with slowing down during high speed braking.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It doesn't matter which way the wing tilts, it's still going to hit air and help stop the car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        sure, a downsloped wing would slow the car down; my point was, however, that by tilting it in the direction shown in these photos, you're actively lowering the grip of the car. If the car's being driven at it's limit, which the use an air brake would imply, it would be negligent and dangerous of the Audi to design the system in a way that risks the car losing traction, especially since it would be just as easy to design it to tilt in the other direction, which would *increase* the cornering performance of the car under braking. It just doesn't make any sense for them to build it that way.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Did it occur to anyone (author, included) that if the car is manufactured in Europe, it will not "arrive on European shores"? That phrase makes sense when talking about a foreign car coming to the U.S., for example. This is another example of when a catch phrase gets used without thought....

      (And I don't want to hear any arguments about European island nations!)
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