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Audi RS3 test mule spy photos at Nurburgring

 Audi RS3 test mule spy photos at Nurburgring
Audi RS3 prototype mule spy photo, Nurburg, Germany 28.04.2010 / Copyright: SB-Medien

RS3 may come with the same 340 PS (250 kW) 2.5 liter, turbocharged 5-cylinder engine as in the Audi TT RS

Here are some more spy pics from VW Group testing over at the Nurburgring circuit, this time of a chassis test mule for an Audi RS3 dressed in an attention-grabbing orange.

Differentiating this model from the current Audi A3 range are the larger air intakes on the modified front bumper, notes our spy photographer. The rest of it looks like an S3 Sportback body.

What lies beneath that bonnet, though, is the real question. We've previously reported on the statement by an Audi dealer in Cape Town, South Africa who claimed that the Ingolstadt-based automaker will be fitting the RS3 with the same 2.5 liter, 5-cylinder turbocharged engine as in the TT RS model. That engine produces 340 PS (250 kW) and 450 Nm of torque.

With competitors such as the Golf R (270 PS, 199 kW), Ford Focus RS (305 PS, 224 kW) and, of course, the BMW 135i that packs 306 PS (225 kW) into the compact 1-Series, Audi may just want to completely outdo the competition by offering an RS3 with more power and an all-wheel drive system - its storied Quattro technology.

The Audi RS3 was no-show in Frankfurt after various reports.  Hopefully, it will make its debut at the Paris motor show in September.

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Comments (32)

 Johnanator Johnanator
damn... I hope they do a 3 door... the five door looks like shit IMO... I think they need to make a new gen of A3s though.... wasn't it 2003 when they brought out the 'new' A3... 'cause the design just looks quite boring now...
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December 16, 2010 7:29 pm
 fusion01 fusion01
ironic it's a cape town dealer as I reckon South Africa will not see this car. We're most likely not getting the GTI-R as it's too niche and small a market and with the present financial crunch. If the case, I'd have thought the RS3 an even more hard-sell.
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April 30, 2010 4:27 pm
 lazyJones lazyJones
golf r is audi's s3 rival, rs3 sounds nice for me, 4,6s to 100kmph! bmw is one step behind audi.
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April 29, 2010 7:52 pm
 HEMI426 HEMI426
I'm not so sure if this car has a 2.5L. At least the exhaust are still like those of a 1.8 or 2.0 model.
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April 29, 2010 1:48 pm
 cush_ cush_
Audi's counter to the 1 series M version. I'll take the 1, thanks.
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April 29, 2010 7:04 am
 sub39h sub39h
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April 29, 2010 5:59 am
 nederinaa nederinaa
Oh let me guess.. a Volkswagen Golf R with an Audi badge.
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April 29, 2010 5:16 am
 MTC MTC
They will sell this for a year or so and then kill the A3 off
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April 29, 2010 2:13 am
 DearS DearS
At least price is competitively. About S33k would be in Mustang, Evo, STi and 1-series land.
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April 28, 2010 11:51 pm
 Shumy Shumy
I am afraid of seeing the price of this car... I think S3 was sufficient.
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April 28, 2010 7:40 pm
 2010S5 2010S5
Scrap this outdated junk. What the hell is wrong with Audi.
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April 28, 2010 7:29 pm
 kimbo kimbo
how long are they going to produce this thing? I'm so tired.
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April 28, 2010 7:25 pm
 devperson devperson
meh
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April 28, 2010 7:13 pm
 PawL PawL
i am getting tired of this A3 generation...bring the new generation first! and then bring the RS3
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April 28, 2010 7:08 pm
 Garais87 Garais87
love Audi.
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April 28, 2010 7:03 pm
 6spdaudi 6spdaudi
I am afraid this could degrade the RS brand but hopefully they get it right.
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April 28, 2010 6:43 pm
 N20_Purge N20_Purge
I really hope it does have the 5 cylinder engine from the TTRS. Volvo (also in the Ford Focus ST/RS) and Audi are pretty much the only car companies which have sweet sounding i5 engines today. There need to make the most of them!
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April 28, 2010 6:42 pm
 devperson devperson
I really like Audis, but can't help feeling that they are constantly trailing about a year or 2 behind BMW. By the time they catch up, BMW has a replacement in the wings.
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April 28, 2010 6:36 pm