We’re hearing some interesting rumors emanating from the Audi of America all employee meeting being held today in Maryland. Chief among them is word that an RS 3 sedan will come to America!
Up until now, the RS 3 has been a European only affair. It was sold as a 5-door Sportback as the only body style the first time around and the latest version shown most recently in Geneva has followed that lead. That said, the Sportback remains a niche model not even on sale yet in America in the latest MQB-based form of the A3 line.
The A3/S3 sedan though… that was designed with America in mind. While serious European car nerds who view cars like the Lancia Delta Integrale as the stuff of legends are drawn to super hot turbocharged hatchbacks like the RS 3 Sportback, the mainstream American market is not. Sedans simply sell better, and an RS 3 sedan harkens to the B5 S4 era, something a bit closer to Audi DNA than a Lancia Delta Integrale. Fair enough, super nerds may grouse, but an RS 3 for America is very much a good thing and it was most recently envisioned by X-tomi Design using cues from the RS 3 Sportback.
So what do we know about the RS 3 sedan? You can bet it will feature the same drivetrain as the Sportback. That means 2.5 TFSI at 362 bhp or a federalized U.S. equivalent, S tronic DSG that will make it brutally fast or 6-speed manual transmission that will make purists happy. It’ll also get a much more aggressive rear torque bias thanks to more aggressive programming of its Haldex-based quattro all-wheel drive system.
Other than that, we don’t know much. A contact who was at the presentation could only confirm that it is a sedan. Also, they specifically said that a manual transmission offering was yet to be determined. We’re keeping fingers crossed on that one.
Will the RS 3 sedan look like the X-tomi render above? We’re guessing no. The A3/S3 sedan don’t share much with the Sportback models and as such the fascia will have to be redesigned. Also, confirmation now means the car likely won’t arrive before the A3 family’s mid-lifecycle product improvement (a.k.a. facelift), so we’re guessing Audi of America will choose to wait until post facelift to make the car appear, much like Audi AG did with the RS 4 Avant and RS 5 Cabriolet, and Audi of America also did with the RS 5 coupé.
That’s all we have for now, but we’ll keep you updated as we learn more. For more information on the current RS 3 Sportback as well as other sedan rumors, check out our related links over on the right side of this story. Also, see more renders of an RS 3 sedan in our photo gallery archive linked in the usual places to the right and also below this story.