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Recently, Audi AG announced the addition of a new paint shop as part of its Ingolstadt production facility. To help herald the arrival of this new arrival, workers built this special RS 3 Sportback that was photographed at the Audi Forum Ingolstadt.
Quite obviously, the base car is built in captivating Nardo Grey paintwork. However, unlike most production cars, the paintwork didn’t end at the coat of spray on the panels. In fact, the most obvious sign that there’s something different about this RS 3 is the airbrushed 2.5 TFSI engine that makes the car’s hood appear as if one can see through it.
Trick finishes continue elsewhere on the car. White painted brake calipers tip off that there’s more at work underneath, and even mention the new paint facility by name in script just in case there were any questions as to why the car exists in the first place.
Carbon fiber is another theme on the car. Elements like mirror caps, chin spoiler blade and shell sport seatbacks are all made in carbon fiber. Even the wheels and center caps appear to be in carbon fiber, though the wheel design being the same as the TTS suggests this might be a finish or laminate in carbon and possibly not structural carbon. That much remains unclear.
One other cool detail you won’t notice in these photos is the backlit LED quattro script emblem. Like many current RS cars, this RS 3 features a quattro emblem in the lower singleframe grille. However, when the lights go down, this quattro lights up for added flare.
As mentioned, this RS 3 was built to help herald the opening of the new Lacquererei Decklack N50 facility in Ingolstadt. Photos of the car were taken when the car was displayed at the Audi Forum Ingolstadt and posted to Facebook by Audi Deutschland.
Check out more photos of this car in our photo gallery archive linked below and also to the right of this story.