Not all vehicle prototypes and mules require heavy camouflage – sometimes they can be hidden in plain sight. That's probably what Audi was hoping for while testing its new RS3 wearing S3 duds, but thanks to some visual and audible telltales, our spy photographers were able to recognize this as a precursor to the marque's ultra-hot hatch testing near the Nürburgring.

Our photographer noticed the signature exhaust note of a five-cylinder engine, which suggests the RS3 could borrow its motivation from the excellent TT RS. Producing at least 340 horsepower, this 2.5-liter turbo powerplant could be the perfect answer for the new A45 AMG from Mercedes-Benz. The big brakes on this RS3 mule give us our best idea about the car's high-performance intentions, with Audi RS wave brake rotors and six-piston calipers peering out from behind the oversized wheels.

In production form, the RS3 should have a much different appearance from what you see here, with sportier design cues including oval-shaped dual exhaust outlets and a more aggressive front fascia. While we're still waiting for our first taste of the S3 in the North America, we'll be holding our breath for the RS3 to make its way here, as well.


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      phreshoneTX
      • 1 Year Ago
      Right now, there's not even an A3 (never mind an S3 or RS3) on the AudiUSA site
      mookieblaylock
      • 1 Year Ago
      fap fap fap fapfapfap! but the morons won't sell it here even though it's the best selling RS model yet. or they make some Amuricanized sedan out of it, but surprise us audi, take a chance and live a little
      11fiveoh
      • 1 Year Ago
      My s4 will be in lease trader in a heart beat if they bring this here.
      wafflesnfalafel
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hyper hatch - nice. That turbo 5 sounds cool too. Love those brakes. And you can fill the back with junk for Costco!
      Iosif Bogdan
      • 1 Year Ago
      Obviously, this will be a pretty sweet (and expensive) ride. The rims are kind of freakishly big though.
      Clock
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'd love to see how hot hatches like this compare to the rally car twins (evo wrx) in direct competitions.
      AcidTonic
      • 1 Year Ago
      This would tempt me to trade the Evo in...... Naturally it will never come here.
      Haelphadreous
      • 1 Year Ago
      I wonder if this substantiates the swirling rumors of a Golf RS that were circling a few months ago. Also the 2.5 turbo is already in the TT RS, where it makes 360 hp, I imagine that it would make at least that much in this application. I doubt I could afford the RS3, but a Golf RS priced in the very low 40's would be just the ticket for me.
      Rick
      • 1 Year Ago
      God that is pure sex. PLEASE BRING this or at least the S3 to the states!!
      xaq
      • 1 Year Ago
      PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE for NA.
      Shahul X
      • 1 Year Ago
      for all your understeering needs
      jcar302
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm normally someone who prefers american muscle and v8's, but lately audi has been impressing me with their styling.
        Shahul X
        • 1 Year Ago
        @jcar302
        what styling? they all look the same and have since 2008
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