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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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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...
Dec 16, 2010 7:29 pm
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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.
Apr 30, 2010 4:27 pm
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lazyJones
golf r is audi's s3 rival, rs3 sounds nice for me, 4,6s to 100kmph! bmw is one step behind audi.
Apr 29, 2010 7:52 pm
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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.
Apr 29, 2010 1:48 pm
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cush_
Audi's counter to the 1 series M version. I'll take the 1, thanks.
Apr 29, 2010 7:04 am
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sub39h
...
Apr 29, 2010 5:59 am
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nederinaa
Oh let me guess.. a Volkswagen Golf R with an Audi badge.
Apr 29, 2010 5:16 am
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Uptohere
And if it whips the competition? What does it say for bmw?
Apr 29, 2010 4:50 pm
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fusion01
hardly. completely different engine specs
Apr 30, 2010 4:28 pm
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MTC
They will sell this for a year or so and then kill the A3 off
Apr 29, 2010 2:13 am
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DearS
At least price is competitively. About S33k would be in Mustang, Evo, STi and 1-series land.
Apr 28, 2010 11:51 pm
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Shumy
I am afraid of seeing the price of this car... I think S3 was sufficient.
Apr 28, 2010 7:40 pm
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2010S5
Scrap this outdated junk. What the hell is wrong with Audi.
Apr 28, 2010 7:29 pm
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loki
you'll never see an RS model based on a just-released car. it takes some time to develop such a vehicle. I agree that the A3 is really at the end of it's life, but on the other hand I think it'll help the price of it all. this being said, I really miss the RS4 and I don't really think that the RS5 can replace it successfully. BMW have understood this and this is why they have the M3 4-door and coupé.
Apr 29, 2010 3:54 am
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kimbo
how long are they going to produce this thing? I'm so tired.
Apr 28, 2010 7:25 pm
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devperson
meh
Apr 28, 2010 7:13 pm
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PawL
i am getting tired of this A3 generation...bring the new generation first! and then bring the RS3
Apr 28, 2010 7:08 pm
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sub39h
it'll probably be a runout model, with a proper model with the same engine following in the new generation. as an A3 owner i agree it's beginning to outlive it's usefulness. i'm looking for a new car and the Golf VI is definitely nicer inside, if not to drive.
Apr 28, 2010 7:26 pm
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Garais87
love Audi.
Apr 28, 2010 7:03 pm
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6spdaudi
I am afraid this could degrade the RS brand but hopefully they get it right.
Apr 28, 2010 6:43 pm
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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!
Apr 28, 2010 6:42 pm
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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.
Apr 28, 2010 6:36 pm
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sub39h
yeah, because Audi didn't pioneer 4WD road cars, double clutch gaerbox technology, turbodiesel injection, turbocharging small petrol engines, high revving V8 technology for their D segment supersaloon RS4, the proper premium C segment car and hot hatch counterpart (A3/S3) etc etc etc
Apr 28, 2010 7:25 pm
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kimbo
so sub39h you really ate that marketing crap that Audi served you? first road 4wd were made by Jensen, quite a few years earlier than a quattro cars. It's only the number of cars produced, that makes you think Audi did it for the first time. DSG gearbox? Are you kidding? It was designed and made by Porsche for racing cars during 70s. What's more, DSG gearbox in Audi Sport Quattro S1 was made by Porsche for Audi. Audi first in turbodiesel injection? Another kind of joke? First car with Turbodiesel was a Fiat Croma in 1986 as I recall and it was few years earlier than any Audi with TDI engine. Get your facts straight before you post.
Apr 29, 2010 5:46 am
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sub39h
i'm aware that Porsche designed the first dual clutch gearbox in the 80s, and that Audi wasn't the first to do 4WD road cars or TDI. but: 1. who made those technologies famous and mainstream? 2. which one of those technologies did BMW use before Audi? if you're gonna participate in an argument, then look at the facts presented in context. if you can't do that then don't get involved :)
Apr 29, 2010 6:01 am
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kimbo
1. So what? True innovation is to be first, not to copy others technology and put it in your product which already sells in big numbers. Copying someones invention and making it in huge numbers doesn't sound very innovative, does it? 2. I don't care about BMW. I don't even care about Audi or Merc. I'm not a fan of any car manufacturer out there. I believe that any car maker can make great and sh1tty car, we have a lot examples of that. What I like in cars is particular models and particular technology that some manufacturers created. That's why I always hate some fanboys, who believe that one brand is better than another, who believe that Audi is better than the rest, cause they created: this, this and this etc. (which is not necessarily true)
Apr 29, 2010 6:45 am
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benzomatic
2 sub: If u ask me to name a true 4wd car company i say subaru, not audi. BMW never went mainstream with awd coz it is their philosophy tu use rwd, but they had xDrive ever since i can remember. I see more and more people buying 4wd models now, because they have been brainwashed into thinking that it is much safer that way. Sorry but i dont buy that. If you drive normaly you wont even know the difference and if you wanna go crazy rwd is definately more fun. The only exception is a rally car which has a hardcore 4wd system, but dont for a second think that a modern quattro has anything to do with that. The only think audi has pioneered with this is that people buy an option which costs a few thousand extra, ads weight and increases consumption, and you wont even know you have it. As for diesel injection: every diesel needs injection. If you are talking about modern high pressure direct injection, i dont see where audi made such big advancemets in that. If I were an Audi fan i would rather not mention the word diesel when talking about bmw, because bmw diesels are consistently beating audi diesels in any car test. Mentioningf the rs4 engine? sorry but that has got to be the most boring sports v8 i have ever seen. And it sounds like v6 with a sore neck. Go try an AMG and you will see what a weak effort that audi engine is. A3: A decent car and surely a great business idea which bmw copied with the 1er, but the 1er is unique with the rwd, whereas you can easily just buy an well speced golf instead of an a3. Yes VAG did make the dsg mainstream but let me tell you the first one was crap. And the one bmw offers now is much better.
Apr 29, 2010 6:47 am
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Uptohere
I think you're looking at it backwards. Seems that bmw is trying to catch up.
Apr 29, 2010 4:48 pm
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sub39h
@benzomatic Top Gear thinks the 3.0TDI engine is one of the best in the world, and better than BMW's offerings. even Porsche uses it, and as far as seals of approval go that's a pretty big one. want me to keep going? Audi has successfully used diesel in motorsport, with only Peugeot beating them at their own game recently. i have tremendous respect for Subaru, but i would arguably say that Audi's quattro is better known and more popular and whether you like it or not BMW has had to make 4WD cars to match their Audi counterparts. they're not competing with Subaru and that wasn't part of the original argument. and to say you won't know you have it? try driving a RWD BMW in the snow, and then come back to me. still have trouble agreeing? a lot of commentators prefer the S4 to the 335i. ask Car and Driver for starters. RWD always more fun? case in point: R8 vs. Carrera 2. i mean personally i'd buy the Carrera 2, buuuut to say it's not a phenomenal machine would be churlish. AMG vs. RS quattro is a matter of opinion. i'll grant you that it sounds better, but apart from that there's not much in it. i've driven a M3 with DCT, and an A5 with DSG. i disagree with you. i drove a diesel A3 with the original DSG, and it was just as good then as it is now. and in regards to Golf over A3, when i bought mine it was a no-brainer: A3 every time. however as i've stated further down the page, at the moment it's a lot less clear cut and i'd probably opt for the Golf 6. in either event it's a better car than the 130i i test drove, and considering it's RWD it didn't handle better than the S3 that i drove back to back with it when i was trying to pick a replacement. @kimbo i wouldn't call myself a fanboy, tho i would say i do prefer VAG products to others. there's nothing at all wrong with that. they do a lot of things that i want from a car very well, and BMW don't. for example: interiors. well, to say that BMW don't do good interiors is silly, but they're not to my taste and not as well put together. the point is that a BMW fanboy has decided to make an inappropriate comment and i'm trying to correct him. instead of jumping down my throat you could try jumping down his. he said Audi are playing catch up, and i've shown key areas where this isn't the case. your counter argument is filled with semantics rather than actual points.
Apr 29, 2010 7:49 pm
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benzomatic
2 sub: I can also come up with a milion car mags that say the opposite, but the bottom line is I really dont even give a sh!t what top gear says. It's the absolute tabloid of car journalism. And yes porsche uses that engine coz they are related to vw, so its obvious they woudnt not use an engine from the competition. I wouldnt mention racing here, that engine has nothing to do with serial production at all and it was mainly a marketing move to promote their diesels. And i especialy wouldnt mention being beaten by peugeot. The reason i mentioned subaru was because you claimed something in the sense that audi 4wd mainstream, which is true, but so did subaru and before audi on top of that. I dont think you can really say that bmw x drive is made as a counterpart to quattro. For bmw, xdrive is more of a rare option for people who live in places with extreme winter and so on but any real bmw is still rear wd and they swear by this and thats what they compete with against quattro.If you look at how the 2 systems are set up and made, you will see they have completely different use in mind. Yes i did drive a bmw on snow and many other rear wheel drive cars with no troubles. Even in the montains it was alwasy fine as the car was loaded with ski equpment and luggage. So yes, i still have trouble agreeing. I dont really see s4 vs 335i populrity by car and driver has to do with this argument. If they like s4 good for them. Now comparing r8 to a 911 is not a good example coz they are completely different in the engine layout, but if you take 2 normal saloons then the difference will be way more noticable. Ok now.....the rs engines are sooooooooooo dull compared to amg. If you drive them you will know this.I think this should be anonunced as an official fact in encyclopedias . RS engines have enuf power but they absolutely lack any character. If you are honestly trying to tell me tha the dsg in a normal a5 is better than the m3 box, you must be suffering from obssesive compulsive audi fanboy syndrome. The dgs software is absolute shit dude. The previoosu was even worse and you had to change the oil every 30 thosuand km which is ridiculous. Audi A3= snob golf all the way. Scirocco and corrado 4 life. Didnt drive a the s3 nor the 130i. The scirocco r20 is the one id go for.
May 1, 2010 9:50 pm
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sub39h
i see this is going to continue. fair enough. i'll take your last point first as i take exception to the fact that you call the A3 a snob Golf. my car is an early model mk2 A3. i've had it for a while now. compare it's build quality with a mk 5 Golf. the A3 is a better built car. it's also better looking, and more refined. it's sound system is better. it's seating is more comfortable. it's instruments are clearer, nicer to look at etc. i reiterate that if you compare it to the mk 6 then the Golf wins. but against the mk 5 with which it should be benchmarked you're paying for (and getting) a better quality product. there's nothing "snob" about it. ok next we'll talk about the M3 vs. the A5. comparing the whole car side by side is silly because ofc the M3 is a better machine than a run-of-the-mill A5. i adore the M3, and whilst it's a little too high strung for me i envy their drivers every time i see one go by. however when you talk about the gearboxes there's nothing in it as far as i'm concerned. we're going to have to agree to disagree on the DSG box. and changing the oil every 30,000km is what you should be doing on any auto gearbox anyway so that's not really a valid argument as far as i'm concerned. if you're telling me that anyone with any sense would buy a BMW in places of extreme winter, 4WD or otherwise, i'd have to tell you that they're mad
May 3, 2010 7:16 pm
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