New Audi RS3 gets all-wheel drive from VW Golf R Mk 8January 13, 2021
It is reported that the updated version of the high-performance Audi RS3 will receive some components and assemblies from the German VW hatchback for the Golf 8 R and in particular the five-cylinder engine and all-wheel drive system.
We’ve been following the prototypes of the new Audi RS3 for over a year, with the first test cars spotted back at the end of October 2019. It’s now January 2021 and the hot hatch / sedan duo has yet to be officially shown. Thanks to new information from the foreign edition of Auto Bild, we have interesting details about the technical characteristics of the car.
Audi Sport is allegedly working on an inline-five-cylinder 2.5-liter turbo engine to boost the power of the new RS3.
We have heard that the final figure will be increased to 420 hp. and 500 Nm. If these numbers are to be believed, the new RS3 Sportback / Sedan will have an additional 20 hp. and 20 Nm compared to current versions of the compact model.
Auto Bild has heard that engineers are looking to give the new RS3 the same newly developed all-wheel drive that was introduced last year at Volkswagen for the Golf R 8 and the Tiguan R crossover. The highlight of the AWD system is the ability to distribute torque not only between the front and rear axles, but also and between the two rear wheels.
VW calls this 4Motion system with R-Performance Torque Vectoring, but it goes without saying that Audi will rename it Quattro for its RS3 models. When the Golf R was introduced, VW boasted that the intelligent AWD system was designed to work harmoniously “with other chassis systems such as electronic differential lock (XDS) and DCC Adaptive Chassis Control”, calling it “the world’s first “.
The new Audi RS3 will be unveiled this fall and is due to reach European dealers by the end of 2021. At home in Germany it is expected to cost just under 60,000 euros.
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