Hot car klaxon: 2020 Audi RS3 Saloon – Specs, price and release date
With the 2020 Audi A3 being unveiled earlier this year, the arrival of the next Audi RS3 Saloon was inevitable. The car has been seen testing in Sweden so now’s the perfect time to go over everything we know.
2020 Audi RS3 Saloon price and release date
With the new, fifth generation A3 having just been unveiled, the 2020 Audi RS3 Saloon is probably not set to been shown off anytime soon. The German brand usually likes to unveil the ‘S’ variant in a model’s ladder before getting to the ‘RS’ which will then be followed by the longer saloon.
Furthermore, with the model still being covered head-to-toe in a camouflaged livery, Audi still isn’t comfortable for any of the RS3 Saloon’s design to be seen.
As for the price, the standard 2020 A3 Sportback represents a £2,000 jump from the previous generation. As yet, that’s all we have to go by but if the slight difference in price between the two generations becomes a trend, the upcoming RS3 Saloon will sit at around £49-50k.
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.