Next-generation Audi RS3 Sportback will stick to the 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 15, 2014

Although we expected a 2.0-liter TFSI for the next-generation Audi RS3 Sportback, it appears that the German company decided to keep the 2.5-liter five-cylinder powerplant used by the current engine. Based on the MQB platform, the new RS3 Sportback will be 55 kg lighter and will use reengineered springs and dampers.

Moreover, the new sports car will be 25 mm closer to the ground when compared with the S3 and will arrive with a wider track and optional wider front tires. According to Quattro boss Stephan Reil, the 2.5-liter engine will deliver around 360 hp and power will be delivered through a permanent all-wheel drive system through the standard seven-speed S tronic transmission.

As a result, the new RS3 will be capable to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in around 4.0 seconds. For those who don’t know, the current Audi RS3 Sportback uses the 2.5-liter TFSI four-cylinder engine that generates 340 hp (250 kW) and 450 Nm (332 lb-ft) of torque.

Using a permanent Quattro all-wheel drive system and an seven-speed S tronic transmission, the RS3 Sportback sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.6 seconds, while top speed is 250 km/h or 155 mph.

The vehicle has a total weight of 1,575 kg (3,472 pounds) and returns a fuel economy of 9.1 l/100 km or 25.85 US mpg, while CO2 emissions are 212 g/km. The next-generation RS3 Sportback will be faster, more powerful but also more fuel-efficient than the previous model.

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