And what about the wheels? Sure, they're the familiar 5-Arm-Rotor design, but look closely and you'll notice a matte black finish has been paired up with neon yellow for the outer edge. That's never been seen on any Audi before and should help the new RS3 set itself apart from the old one.
According to our sources, a new 2.5-liter TFSI turbo will be used in the 8V RS3, producing 367 PS (270 kW), which is 7 more than the A45 and crucially 27 PS more than the old RS3. With launch control, this 5-door family compact will be able to go 0 to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds, ridiculously fast when you consider a Porsche 911 Carrera 4S with a manual boasts the same time.
Sales of the new RS3 are scheduled to start in April 2015, with deliveries in Germany happening in June. That gives Audi plenty of time to fine-tune the car for track use and get rid of the understeer, maybe even prove Haldex-style quattro can let the tail slide out on ice if they so choose.