A low-res video shot during last week’s dealer conference has emerged onto the web, providing a better look at the 2018 Audi RS3 Sedan US Spec.
A few days ago we were nicely surprised to get confirmation for a US-bound RS3 Sedan and now there’s even a video from the official announcement made to the company’s dealership representatives.
The car is real and it’s coming for the 2018 model year with an upgraded iteration of the turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine. It will be able to push out 400 horsepower (298 kilowatts) in the RS3 Sedan and we expect the same level of power from the Euro-spec RS3 Sportback facelift due later this year.
It’s not known at this point whether Europe will get the high-performance sedan as Audi could decide to sell it only in North America and continue to offer only the five-door Sportback on the old continent. Besides the meatier engine, the RS3 Sedan will get Audi’s latest quattro all-wheel drive system, beefier brakes, and “racing suspension tuning.”
The RS3 Sedan won’t be the only new RS-badged model destined for North America as the TT RS and RS5 replacements are also planned. In addition, up to seven new RS models will join Audi USA’s portfolio by 2019 and these will be offered in a variety of body styles, including an SUV.
Audi goes on to specify all of these new RS models will look like DTM race cars thanks to the company’s chief designer Marc Lichte and his team.