Spied: 2018 Audi RS 3 Sedan

Spied: 2018 Audi RS 3 Sedan

Audi’s long-rumored RS 3 sedan has broken cover undergoing shakedown testing on Germany’s Nurburgring. The RS 3 sedan is expected to be available in the United States market.

Already available in Sportback form in Europe, Audi is extending its RS treatment to the A3 sedan. Like its hatchback counterpart, the RS 3 sedan will feature an upgraded aero package, a sportier suspension and beefier brakes. Audi’s signature RS oval exhaust outlets are clearly visible on this prototype.

Unlike its Sportback counterpart, however, the RS 3 sedan will likely use a new 2.5L five-cylinder engine design that debuted in the Audi TT RS. In the TT RS that mill is good for 400 horsepower and 354 lb-ft of torque. Power is routed to the ground via a seven-speed automatic gearbox and Audi’s Quattro all-wheel drive.

With that kind of power on tap the RS 3 sedan will likely require less than four-seconds to hit 60mph from a standstill. Although a six-speed manual option has been rumored for the RS 3 sedan, that is looking unlikely at this point.

It’s been reported that Audi is planning to sell the new RS 3 sedan in the U.S. market. That launch could happen sometime in 2017. Although pricing is far form official, the RS 3 sedan should list for a few grand more than the $42,500 Audi current charges for the S3 sedan.