We already knew that Audi planned to bring its racy RS3 to America in sedan guise, but now there are even juicier tidbits emerging about the feisty sedan. According to Car and Driver, the Audi RS3 will have a new engine that will be shared with that of the Audi TT RS.
According to the report, the Audi RS3 sedan will make its debut in 2017 and as a 2018 model for the U.S. market. It will pack a new 2.5-liter turbocharged five-cylinder, distinct from the 362-hp turbo-five used in the current RS3 Sportback (pictured). Car and Driver says the new engine shares almost no parts with the current RS3 mill, and will be a single-turbo design rated for “close to” 400 hp, with a seven-speed dual-clutch sending power to all four wheels.
That engine is slated to debut first at the Beijing auto show at the end of this month in the Audi TT RS. We’ve spied TT RS coupes and convertibles testing at the Nürburgring, but until now believed they would carry over the same 362-hp engine from today’s RS3.
It was hardly a surprise that if the Audi RS3 came to America, it would be a sedan, given that Audi primarily sells only sedan and convertible versions of the compact luxury sedan in the U.S. (aside from the E-Tron plug-in hatchback.) With as much as 400 hp in a svelte package, we can’t wait for the inevitable battles between the Audi RS3 sedan and Mercedes-AMG CLA45.