2019 Audi RS3 Sedan Concept And Change – The Audi A3 Sedan was launched in 2013, just one year after the German brand introduced the third-generation A3. Offered for the first time alongside the hatchback and convertible models, the four-door shares almost everything with its siblings. It is identical styling-wise except for the deck lid, while the interior is the same save for a few changes in the rear compartment. Built on the same MQB platform shared with the Volkswagen Golf, the A3 Sedan also borrows its engine lineup from the A3 Sportback, including the 1.2- to 2.0-liter gasoline units and both the 1.6- and 2.0-liter diesel. Much like any other Audi model, the A3 also spawned S- and RS-badged performance models.
2019 Audi RS3 Sedan Future
In 2017, the A3 family will grow to include yet another member. Having already launched the S3 Sedan, Audi is now rolling out its most powerful compact car yet, the RS3. Caught testing under heavy camouflage as well as on the Nurburgring track since 2015, the beefed-up compact four-door made its global debut at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. As expected, the RS3 is more menacing version of the S3, sharing styling cues with the larger RS4 and the award-winning, 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine with RS versions of the Audi Q3 and TT
2019 Audi RS3 Sedan Exterior And Interior
Although this is the first-ever RS3 sedan, its design is more than familiar. Essentially an RS3 Sportback with a trunk, the RS3 sedan is almost identical to the hatchback model. The front end is highlighted by Audi’s new styling language with sharper lines and RS elements such as the “Singleframe” grille with honeycomb mesh and Quattro logo at the bottom and the black blade just above the splitter. The latter showed up on RS models a couple of years back and extends across the entire width of the fascia into the side air inlets Inside the RS3, you will find pretty much the same design layout as in the S3, but with the extra goodies that come with the “RS” badge. For instance, the front seats feature the heavier bolstering that comes with the “RS” badge, while the steering wheel has a sportier, flat-bottom design.
2019 Audi RS3 Sedan Engine
As expected, the RS3 Sedan gets its juice from a version of the 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine that Audi initially developed for the current TT-RS. The turbocharged mill generates 400 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque, just like in the TT-RS. The compact sedan needs 4.1 seconds to sprint from 0 to 62 mph, which makes it as quick as the AMG CLA45, and tops out at 155 mph. On request, Audi will increase the electronically limited top speed to 174 mph, something you can’t get from Mercedes-Benz.
2019 Audi RS3 Sedan Price And Release Date
Pricing information is not yet available, but we do know that the S3 starts from $42,900 in the U.S. With RS models usually commanding a premium of at least 30 percent over the S versions, it’s safe to assume that the RS3 sedan will fetch at least $55,000 before options. The new performance sedan will be launched in the U.S. in the summer of 2017.