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  • 2021 Audi A3 Sportback spy shots - Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

    A redesigned Audi A3 based on an updated MQB platform is just around the corner.

  • 2019 Audi A3 Cabriolet
    Audi A3 gains Final Edition trim for 2020, loses Cabriolet body style

    The current generation of the A3 is on its way out, and the Sportback and Cabriolet body styles are already gone.

  • 2021 Audi S3 Sportback spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2021 Audi S3 Sportback spy shots

    Audi is working on a new generation of the A3, the nameplate's fourth, and included in the range once again will be a sporty S3. Our latest spy shots show a prototype for the new S3 in Sportback guise. While we won't likely see the S3's hatchback body style in the United States, many of the details...

  • Electric Audi RS 3 hits 130 mph in reverse for a new world record
    1,200-hp electric Audi RS 3 hits 130 mph in reverse for new world record

    An all-electric Audi RS 3 has set a new world record, though unofficially. Driven by Daniel Abt, the modified sedan hit 130 mph...in reverse. Abt posted video of the attempt to YouTube on Tuesday. Daniel Abt is part of the Audi Sport Abt Formula E team. The car was an Audi RS 4 modified by the...

  • Schaeffler 4ePerformance concept
    Electric Audi RS 3 boasts 4 electric motors, 1,180 horsepower

    The Audi RS 3 is no slouch of a sport sedan, but Schaeffler Group has given the car an electrified shot in the arm. The firm yanked out the original 2.5-liter turbocharged 5-cylinder engine and fitted four Formula E-sourced electric motors. The end result? 1,180 horsepower. Schaeffler Group created...

  • 2018 Audi RS 3
    2018 Audi RS 3 first drive review: Less money, but no less fun

    Audi’s turbocharged 5-cylinder cars have a short but distinguished history. The Audi Quattro burst onto the scene in the early 1980s and won multiple driver's and manufacturer's titles in rally racing. In 1987, an Audi 5-cylinder was the first car to run up Pike’s Peak in less than 11...

  • 2018 Audi RS 3

    Audi Sport will lob its new RS 3 sport sedan onto the market this summer, with a starting price of $55,875, which includes a $975 destination charge. Rivals like Mercedes-AMG’s CLA45 and BMW’s M2 (coupe body style only) are less expensive at $50,425 and $52,695, though the RS 3 is the most powerful thanks to its 400 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque. That output comes from a turbocharged 2.5-liter inline-5 that lends the car a unique sound. The 1-2-4-5-3 ignition sequence produces a special rhythm and a distinct engine note that can be intensified by opening the flaps of the...

  • 2018 Audi RS 3 Sportback, 2017 Geneva auto show
    2018 Audi RS 3 Sportback debuts at 2017 Geneva auto show

    Audi’s RS 3 Sportback has finally received the upgraded powertrain of the all-new RS 3 sedan that debuted last fall at the 2016 Paris auto show. It means the handsome hatch is now extracting 400 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque from its turbocharged 2.5-liter inline-5, all of which is...

  • 2017 Audi A3
    2017 Audi A3 FWD models get more power, 7-speed dual-clutch

    Audi has more announcements concerning its updated A3, which arrives in the fall as a 2017 model. A3s with front-wheel drive ditch the 2016 model’s turbocharged 1.8-liter inline-4 in favor of a more powerful turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4. The new engine sees output rise to 186 horsepower...

  • 2017 Audi RS 3 LMS race car
    2017 Audi RS 3 LMS ready to race

    Hot on the heels of Thursday’s debut of the RS 3 sport sedan at the 2016 Paris auto show, Audi has unveiled a new racing version of the car. The new race car is called the RS 3 LMS and will be ready for delivery to customer teams in time for the 2017 motorsport season. It was developed by the...

  • 2018 Audi RS 3, 2016 Paris auto show
    2018 Audi RS 3 debuts with 400 horsepower

    Audi’s new RS 3 has finally landed. The car is a compact sport sedan with essentially the same mechanical package as the TT RS—and it’s coming to the United States. Audi pulled the covers off on Thursday at the 2016 Paris auto show, and in the process likely unsettled the folks...

  • 2017 Audi A3 e-tron Sportback
    2017 Audi A3 e-tron Sportback remains sole A3 with hatch body

    Audi’s A3 range receives some updates for the 2017 model year including revised styling and new technology in the cabin. The last of the updated A3 models to be announced is the A3 e-tron Sportback. The car is the only model in the A3 range offered with a hatchback body and parking one on...

  • 2017 Audi S3 (European spec)

    Audi has just updated its A3 range of compact sedans, hatchbacks and convertibles. The updates, which are being introduced for the 2017 model year, affect the sporty S3 models as well. They include styling tweaks, a digital instrument cluster, updated menus for the infotainment system, and new electronic driving aids. The 2017 S3, which in the United States is offered exclusively as a sedan, sticks with the current model's turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 delivering 292 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. The engine is mated to a 6-speed dual-clutch transmission and powers all four...

  • 2017 Audi A3 (European spec)
    2017 Audi A3 preview

    Audi’s entry-level model in the United States, the A3, receives some significant updates for the 2017 model year. The current-generation A3 still seems like it only arrived yesterday, but the car actually made its debut overseas in 2012 and is now at the midway point in its life...

  • 2018 Audi RS 3 spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2018 Audi RS 3 spy video

    Audi’s RS 3 has been off limits for the United States for a long time, but that’s set to change with the arrival of a new sedan variant on these shores in approximately one year’s time. Audi has already shown the car to its dealers, and as of this week the German automaker has...

  • 2018 Audi RS 3 spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2018 Audi RS 3 spy shots

    Audi has just updated its A3 range but noticeably missing is the updated version of the RS 3 Sportback. That’s because Audi is holding off on its updated RS 3 Sportback until development of a new RS 3 sedan is complete. The new sports sedan is currently testing at the Nürburgring, as...

  • 2017 Audi TT RS spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    Audi TT RS to debut this month, RS 3 coming next year--report

    Audi is planning a significant expansion of its RS performance range in coming years. Some of the new models in the works include the first ever RS 3 sedan, new generations of the RS 4 Avant and TT RS, and possibly even an RS Q5. According to Car and Driver, the product onslaught will commence as...

  • 2018 Audi RS 3 leaked - Image via World Car Fans
    U.S.-bound Audi RS 3 sedan shown during dealer presentation

    The United States may have missed out on previous generations of the RS 3 but that won’t be the case with the latest model. Audi’s local chief Scott Keogh confirmed the arrival of the RS 3 on these shores one year ago. Part of the reason we never saw the RS 3 is because it has always...

  • 2017 Audi A3 Hatchback facelift spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

    Audi’s A3 compact range is about to undergo a mid-cycle update and today we have spy shots of the updated version of the three-door A3 Hatchback. While this particular bodystyle isn’t offered in the United States, the changes appearing on the car should be virtually identical to what we'll see on the updated five-door A3 Sportback. We’ve already spied the updated A3 sedan. Those updates include tweaked designs for the lights at both ends of the car, as well as new bumpers and a new, more pronounced grille. Likewise, the cabin design should also be revised, perhaps with some...

  • 2018 Audi A3 facelift spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2018 Audi A3 Spy Shots

    It seems like only yesterday that the Audi A3 sedan went on sale but already we have spy shots of a prototype for a facelifted model. That’s because the latest generation of the A3 actually made its debut back in 2012, so the car will soon be due for its mid-cycle update. Being a mid-cycle...

  • 2016 Audi A3
    Audi Marks End Of Year With Special Edition Models

    As we approach the end of the calendar year, Audi is offering some sweeteners to help move metal. The automaker is hosting what it calls the Season of Audi Sales Event and there are offers to be had on 2016 A3, A4, A6 and Q5 models. For the A3 and A4 in particular there are special edition versions...

  • 2016 Audi A3 e-tron Sportback
    2016 Audi A3 e-tron Sportback Priced From $38,825

    More than two years on from its reveal at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, Audi’s A3 e-tron Sportback is ready for its market debut here in the United States. The plug-in hybrid hatch goes on sale in October and has been priced from $38,825, which includes the automaker’s standard $925...

  • Audi virtual cockpit (reconfigurable display)  -  2016 Audi TT
    Updated A3 Expected To Receive Audi Virtual Cockpit

    A number of the latest Audi models starting with the 2016 TT are fitted with an almost fully digital interface that the German automaker calls the Virtual Cockpit. The main instrument cluster has been replaced with a single, customizable screen, while at the same time lesser-used functions are...

  • 2015 Audi RS 3 Sportback
    Audi RS 3 Confirmed For U.S.

    It’s long been thought that Audi’s latest RS 3 would be coming to the U.S., and now the automaker’s local chief, Scott Keogh, has confirmed it. However, the U.S. is unlikely to get the RS 3 Sportback that goes on sale in Europe this summer; rather, we’ll get an RS 3 sedan...

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