A sure-fire way of adding excitement to any Audi is removing the "A" from its model name and replacing it with "RS." Take the RS4, RS5, RS6 and RS7 as proof of this fact. Of course, the transformation from "A" to "RS" wouldn't be complete with a huge bump in power, a far more sporting suspension, enhanced brakes and a more aggressive styling treatment.

That process appears to be well underway with the next RS3, which has once again been spotted testing in Germany. The larger wheels (the styles are mismatched, but the sizes look similar) are a good giveaway, as are the larger brakes and more aggressive front bumper, which sports larger intakes. The rear bumper has been modified, although we can't quite tell if the RS line's tell-tale oval exhausts have been fitted.

In the past, the RS3 mules we've heard have boasted the distinctive exhaust note of a five-cylinder engine. This particular car, though, has a more conventional exhaust note, of the sort you'd expect from a high-powered four-cylinder. Expect around 400 horsepower and Quattro all-wheel drive, with power distributed likely through some form of S-Tronic dual-clutch transmission.

Take a look up top for our gallery of spy shots, and keep an eye open for the RS3 in October, when it's expected to debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show.


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      JeepinBen
      • 8 Months Ago
      a 400HP Turbo 4 MQB sounds an awful lot like the Golf R400 Concept. No wonder VW said they might build it, they already are for the RS3
        jscof
        • 8 Months Ago
        @JeepinBen
        this
        mkM3
        • 8 Months Ago
        @JeepinBen
        Hard to bet against the 400 hp EA888 now, right? Of course the always had the ability to drop the I5 in the Golf too if they had really wanted to. It's just that now they can accomplish the same results with I4 which means relatively minor changes from the standard R.
      Lachmund
      • 8 Months Ago
      After the latest concepts it seems very likely it will come with a pumped up 4 banger. Still very sad for the amazing sounding 5 cylinder :/
      Jesus!
      • 8 Months Ago
      I've never seen anyone drool over an Audi.
        ravenosa
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Jesus!
        I've never seen a glorified VW worth owning, let alone drooling over. But I know one friend that owns an Audi and I guess he likes it. Can't keep up with me in my WRX for the life of him, but some of the materials are nice and you can tell it has an extra of paint...
          i_heart_2_pwn_u
          • 8 Months Ago
          @ravenosa
          pretty sure if he wanted a wrx he could've bought one, get drunk and party with a couple of hookers for a week, and still have enough cash for a grand slam breakfast at denny's.
          i_heart_2_pwn_u
          • 8 Months Ago
          @ravenosa
          pretty sure if he wanted a wrx he could've bought one, partied with a couple of hookers for a week, and still have enough cash to treat his friend to a grand slam breakfast at denny's.
        Trevor
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Jesus!
        Really when the R8 first came out it had a 2 year waiting list. I believe that qualifies as drool worthy.
        montoym
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Jesus!
        You either know the wrong people or see the wrong Audis. There are plenty of both.
      HUMANMPC2000
      • 8 Months Ago
      Like En Vogue said "Never gonna get it". As in the terms speaking of the the good cars, the auto manufactures for some reason likes too keep the special vehicles on their home turf.
      jbarth09
      • 8 Months Ago
      Sign me up for real! Though I doubt this will come to the US.
      juggernaut
      • 8 Months Ago
      Bring that to America.
      CarLover
      • 8 Months Ago
      RS3 Sedan will probably come to USA. Hopefully the Golf R400 too. This will definitely not make it here.
      Knightsbore
      • 8 Months Ago
      Give this to the US and I will reserve one, the only issue I have in giving up my WRX is the lack of a wagon/hatchback performance Audi.
        ravenosa
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Knightsbore
        Keep the WRX. Better looking, better handling/performance and AWD system for the money.
      bonehead
      • 8 Months Ago
      This is my dream car. But sadly my dream does not include moving to Europe so i can purchase it.
      Rick
      • 8 Months Ago
      I hate that they make the hatch look hot the year they stop bringing it (A3) to the states.
      Neil
      • 8 Months Ago
      how about an rs3 cabriolet!
      Orson
      • 8 Months Ago
      I wish Audi would offer an RS model like this in NA, instead of the TT...not to be ungrateful. The RS3/RS4 Avants don't give up much in performance, and are way more practical/a much better business case. It's very frustrating that they deny us these cars! Audi performance cars have historically been wagon models, not the SQ5. Please... leave performance crossover sales to the new Macan, leave the performance hatchbacks to VW, and focus on the performance wagon market! The TTRS is a great car, but the Cayman is better. Wagons Audi...W-A-G-O-N-S!
        mkM3
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Orson
        Doesn't have be an either-or. We'll likely get both the TT RS and RS3. However, it won't be the RS3 Sportback, it'll be the sedan instead. We don't even get the S3 Sportback so the RS3 is out of the question. In fact we are barely even get the A3 Sportback this time - e-tron (and maybe TDI) only.
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