Audi RS3 Spied Preparing for Debut

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Audi is readying the next hot hatch to join the German automaker’s lineup.

The Audi RS3 was spotted testing by AutoGuide‘s spy photographers in anticipation to a possible debut at this year’s Paris Motor Show. Compared to earlier mules that Audi has been testing, this appears to be a heavily camouflaged production version sporting an aggressive front bumper, large oval exhaust tips and slightly wider fenders.

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The RS3 that was spied testing sounds like it is powered by a four-cylinder engine, which would match the latest rumors that suggest Audi is using the Volkswagen Group’s 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Most recently, Volkswagen debuted the hot Golf R 400 sporting 395 hp under the hood and it could be the same powerplant being used in the upcoming RS3.

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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