- audi has shared a glimpse of the next rs3 sedan, which will arrive for 2022.
- the numbers on the side refer to the firing order of its turbo five-cylinder engine.
- we expect the new rs3 to produce even more than its predecessor, which made 394 hp and 354 pound-feet of torque.
update 6/22/21: audi has released more information on the new rs3, most notably that its five-cylinder engine will make 401 horsepower in the u.s.-spec car. the rs3 also has a torque-vectoring rear differential with a drift mode. full specs and non-camouflaged photos will be coming within the next few weeks.
the next audi rs3 will continue on with its party piece: audi's unconventional—and delightful—turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine. this confirmation comes courtesy of a new photo showing a camouflaged version of the new model with a 1-2-4-5-3 graphic on the side that refers to the five-cylinder's firing order.
we assume that the new turbo-five will be upgraded compared with the outgoing rs3, which offers up 394 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque. that got an rs3 to 60 mph in a scant 3.4 seconds in our testing, so the new model could be even quicker. it will likely use a dual-clutch automatic transmission and should come standard with quattro all-wheel drive.
the photo also hints at the rs3's visual upgrades compared with the standard a3, which was recently redesigned. it has a subtle body kit, a rear diffuser, a lip spoiler on the trunklid, and larger wheels and tires. the u.s. market will get the rs3 only in sedan form, although there will be a hatchback model offered globally.
look out for more official information about the rs3 to come soon. the standard 2022 a3 is expected to arrive in the u.s. later this year, and the rs model should follow a few months after that.
this article was originally published june 10, 2021.