2016 Audi RS3 Sedan Going For Production?

Rumors said the 2016 Audi RS3 is already in work planning following the recent production of A3 and S3 Sedans which were revealed at the Shanghai Motor Show back in March. Even though Audi hasn’t officially announced anything about it yet, this high-performance RS3 is very possible because of the Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG. According to TopSpeed guys, Audi Australia confirmed that RS3 Sedan will adapt some of design cue of the clubsport quattro concept.

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Speaking of the prototype’s body, it’s noticeably wider and lower than the A3 and S3, with a front fascia reminiscent of Audi’s other RS-level models while the rear sporting a quad-tipped exhaust. t’s also worth noting that the vehicle seen in the video, which will undoubtedly have a version of Audi’s high-performance quattro AWD system, seems to rotate upon turning into a corner, a characteristic that’s uncommon of vehicles with a transverse engine orientation — such as the entire A3/S3/RS3 model line.

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Audi Australia product planner, Matthew Dale, confirmed the plan by telling Motoring at the Australian launch of the S3 sedan that the clubsport quattro concept is more than just an irrelevant prototype, but actually a preview of Audi’s RS lineup, specifically of the RS3 Sedan.

“The clubsport [quattro concept] is a view into the future of the RS,” Dale told Motoring. “The TT RS, RS Q3 and the previous RS 3 Sportback all use the 2.5 TFSI engine, and this [concept] shows you where it can go.”

This statement does more than just shed light on the RS3; it also clarifies speculation that Audi could opt for 2.0-liter power for its highest-output, A-segment vehicle ever. It does leave us wondering where the 309kW (414-horsepower), four-cylinder unit from Audi’s TT quattro sport concept , shown earlier in 2014, fits into the equation.

Dale also told the Australian auto news site not to expect the output numbers of the clubsport quattro concept to carry over to the RS3. The concept produced 525 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque, and those numbers would be quite a stretch for the production RS3. At best, the RS3 Sedan could produce around 400 horsepower and 343 pound-feet of torque. Even with those reduced numbers, the RS3 Sedan has the potential to be far more powerful than we thought it would be.

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If this is true, it should make the RS3 an even more ideal competitor to the Mercedes CLA45 AMG and upcoming BMW M2 than the S3 is, and the S3 is already very good on its own.

The 2016 Audi RS3 Sedan is expected to be revealed in the end of 2014 and officially launched in 2015, offered as 2016 model. A five-door hatchback style will be very likely while the sedan model has lesser chance, but we still hope that the sedan model going for production too. It will be the first time of RS3 lineup to have a sedan model, pretty exciting for us.

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