Snapped undergoing testing on the Nürburgring, this RS3 mule doesn’t look too out of the ordinary at first glance. However, a closer inspection reveals the car has been equipped with extended fender flares which suggest the model has a wider track than its predecessor. Additional changes are limited, but that’s to be expected as the mule is wearing a current RS3 body.
While there isn’t much to see, the 2021 RS3 should follow in the steps of the redesigned A3 and S3. As a result, we can expect an evolutionary design with a wider Singleframe grille and a more prominent shoulder line. The hot hatch should also have a sportier greenhouse, new lighting units and a slightly longer wheelbase.
The cabin should echo the standard model and this means drivers can expect a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a roughly 10.1-inch infotainment system. There should also be an angular dashboard with protruding air vents.
Little is known about the RS3 at this point, but the current model has a turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine that produces 395 hp (294 kW / 400 PS) and 354 lb-ft (480 Nm) of torque. It is connected to a seven-speed S tronic transmission and a standard quattro all-wheel drive system. This enables the hatchback to rocket from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 4.1 seconds before hitting a limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h).
Speculation suggests the engine carryover with minor modifications to improve performance and lower emissions. There’s no word on how much power it will produce, but it wouldn’t be surprising if Audi wants to beat the upcoming Mercedes-AMG A45 which is slated to have around 414 hp (308 kW / 420 PS).