Leaked Audi RS3 Sedan Video Reveals the Rear Design, 400 HP Max Output

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This leaked Audi video reminds me of the Warcraft movie teaser they showed behind closed doors and didn't want anybody to see after. Blizzard Entertainment hired lots of people to hunt down every copy on the Internet, and now Audi seems to be doing the same. Of course, the RS3 sedan is not as important as the movie, but it's the first creature of its kind and spearheads the new RS market offensive.
Does the picture taken by the monkey belong to the animal or the human who's camera he took? We don't know, but Audi is protecting the shape of its sports sedan. Last week, a couple of snapshots from this video were released. But now we have motion footage that also reveals the back end of the car. The low-resolution footage makes us feel as though we're back in 2005, but at least we have new details to show you.

Specifically, it's clear that the RS3 sedan is influenced by the Audi Prologue coupe concept. Inside the front lower air intakes are smaller intakes with blades painted in red. The grille is also inspired by the prologue, and from some angles, it makes the car look squashed and wide.

Around the back, the trunk features a discreet black or carbon fiber spoiler that won't scare the Subaru STI away. The diffuser is painted the same shade of silver as the front splitter, and the trademark dual oval exhaust tips come out a little more than they do on the RS3 hatchback.

As for the fender flares, they are there, but we totally understand why Audi fans say they let the car down. Compared to the BMW M2, this sedan looks too Jetta-like. Perhaps knowing the RS3 would be at a disadvantage, the Audi of America official said on stage that the 2.5-liter TFSI would have up to 400 horsepower. That suggests there will be two models, one with 360 and another one with a better tune.

Spearheaded by the all-new 2017 R8, Audi will launch an entire line of performance cars under the RS badge. These will include replacements for the RS5 and TT RS, new body styles and even an SUV. Figuring out which seven RS models will be introduced is tricky unless we include the RS6/7 Performance. With money tight, Audi could be forced to scale back its performance lineup, but for now, their conviction is contagious.

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