2021 Audi RS3 caught in the wild – specs, release date and price

The 2021 Audi RS3 has been testing across the world in various guises. Last month the Saloon was caught by our spies in Sweden, this month is the turn of the hatchback that has been spotted on the Green Hell.

2021 Audi RS3 pricing and release date

As is tradition, the 2021 Audi RS3 is set to be unveiled first in its Sportback body style with the Saloon making an appearance once the hot hatch’s order books have opened. It doesn’t look like that will be anytime soon though as the fifth generation A3 was only released a few months ago.

In the past, Audi has tended to lift the covers on the ‘S’ variant of a car before its ‘RS’ counterpart. Therefore, it seems we’ll have to wait until the latter part of the year to see the upcoming RS3 make its debut. The car is then expected to go on sale at some point in 2021.

As for the sporty family car’s price, the RS3 looks set to start in the region of £50,000 for the Sportback variant. Expect the Saloon version to represent a small increase in price.

2021 Audi RS3 specs

Compared to the Saloon version, the 2021 Audi RS3 Sportback will be much more compact – which looks somewhat obvious written down. However, with the flatter roofline, it should provide a bigger boot and more headroom for rear passengers.

Under that city-friendly body will feature exactly the same underpinnings as the Saloon. Power will come from a 2.5-litre TFSI 5-cylinder boosting the car’s performance figures to 415hp and 500Nm of torque. That will be linked to a dual-clutch auto and Audi’s Quattro system.

2020 Audi RS3 Saloon specs

With the VW Auto Group publicly saying that it’s looking to reduce engine sizes as much as possible, knowing what will power the 2020 Audi RS3 Saloon is somewhat complicated. The easiest choice would be to carry on using the 2.5-litre TFSI 5-cylinder with a bit of a tweak to boost power compared to the current RS3.

In fact, the next VW Golf R was reported to use the same engine with a power figure of over 400hp. According to sources, the car’s little sibling, the S3 is set to have the same amount of power as the previous S4 which would put it at around 333hp. If the RS3 gets the same treatment, its engine would put out a whopping 420hp like the current RS4.

This is of course total speculation but what we can be pretty sure about is that however much power the next RS3 Saloon has, it will be put through a Quattro system. That’s Audi’s all-wheel drive system that it has used in one form or another since the 1980’s.

As we get closer to the car’s release, information is sure to be discovered regarding the hot saloon.

Just like the difference between the 2020 Audi A3 and the previous model, the new RS3 won’t be radically restyled compared to the current car. The front end is a little sharper and angular akin to the new A3 it’s based.

It seems there will be various customisation options customers will be able to choose. In fact, the spy shots show two different exhaust tip designs – one much rounder than the other – as well as two different wheel styles. The front axle features a simpler design compared to the intricate and sculptural wheels used on the rear.

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