Audi has first spotted the upcoming Audi RS 3 and RS3 Sportback models based on the fourth generation Audi A3. The pictures appeared in the story about the electrification of the Er-esok. It started with a moderate 48-volt system on models with a biturbo-eight 4.0 (RS 6 Avant, RS 7 Sportback, RS Q8), and in the future, the Audi Sport division promises customers full-fledged hybrids with charging from the mains, and of course electric cars. (A start has already been made.)
Sebastian Grams, the new managing director of Audi Sport, poses next to the upcoming novelties. Other ward models are in the background.
Last year, Audi Sport sold over 29,300 vehicles, a record for the Charged Models division (up 16% from 2019). “Erok” and “er-esok”, taking into account different bodies, now more than one and a half dozen. And in February 2021, the department unveiled its first electric car, the Audi e-tron GT (bottom left).
Audi Sport Director of Sales and Marketing Rolf Michl said that by 2024 more than 50% of the division’s models will be partially or fully electrified, and by 2026 – 80%. All electrification options are meant, from mild hybrids to pure electric cars. Siblings RS 3, whose premiere we expect this year, will certainly become moderate hybrids. For the time being it is only known for certain that under the hood they still have a turbo five 2.5.
The five-cylinder engine is clearly indicated by the order of operation of the cylinders, printed on the sides of the sedan and hatch. Despite the colorful stickers, the look of the new “er-esok” is already clear.
In the basic version of the RS 3, according to unofficial data, the output of 420 hp is expected. and 500 Nm (in the last generation it was 400 forces and 480 Nm). In the more expensive versions of the RS3 Performance, all 450 hp can already be gained, probably using a number of technical refinements such as water injection into the intake manifold. As for the plug-in hybrid, this will be the next-generation Audi RS 4, which the firm hinted at in 2019.