Audi unveiled the first RS3 Sportback back in November 2010 but we can’t say that the vehicle was a bestseller. That’s why Audi will follow a new strategy and according to Audi of America president Scott Keogh, the next-generation RS3 will arrive as a sedan. Of course, this is not quite a secret as earlier this year the German manufacturer unveiled at the 2014 Worthersee the A3 Clubsport Quattro Concept.
Based on the S3 Sedan, the concept car was powered by a 2.5-liter TFSI petrole engine that delivered 525 hp (386 kW) and a maximum torque of 600 Nm (442 lb-ft) of torque available between 2,300 and 6,000 rpm.
Besides the powerful, the concept car came with an impressive design consisting of a new front bumper with large air intakes, a rear bumper with a stylish air diffuser, oval tailpipes and 21-inch alloy wheels.
Behind the front wheels there are 370 mm brake discs. If you don’t remember, the RS3 Sportback used the same 2.5-liter TFSI engine that produced 340 hp (250 kW) and 450 Nm (331 lb-ft) of torque.
The engine pushed the vehicle from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.6 seconds, while top speed was limited at 250 km/h or 155 mph.
Since the new Audi A3 clubsport quattro concept is underpinned by the modular transverse matrix (MQB) platform, it features a low center of gravity as well as a well-balanced distribution of loads between axles. Likewise, a strong structure is formed by the hot-shaped steel components on the floor of the concept’s passenger compartment. Since steel is strong enough to create thin walls, they contribute to the lightweight nature of the body.
With this lightweight body, the Audi A3 clubsport quattro concept boasts of a low curb weight of just 1,527 kilograms (3,366.5 lbs), paving the way for a power-to-weight ratio at par with a race car – at 2.9 kg. (6.4 lbs.) per hp. In terms of dimensions, the new concept measures 4,490 mm (14.7 ft.) in length, 1,856 mm (6.1 ft) in width and 1,382 mm (4.5 ft) in height, as well as 2,631 mm (8.6 ft) in wheelbase.
The splendid dynamics of the Audi A3 clubsport quattro concept is conveyed suitably through its exterior looks, with a body wrapped in Magnetic Blue finish and a Singleframe front grille framed in matt aluminum. Sporting a quattro badge, the grille features a high-gloss black honeycomb insert that has been optimized for high flow. The grille and LED headlights meet with the front edges of the bonnet donning the four rings.
Audi provided the front end of the A3 clubsport quattro concept with a continuous blade of exposed CFRP just below the Singleframe grille. The end sections of this blade bent upward to structure the massive air inlet, just like the winglets on a model airplane. The concept features a splitter below the front skirt – just like on a race car – generates downforce on the front axle.
Sharp accents sport the sides of the Audi A3 clubsport quattro concept, just like the two straight edges -- above the wheels ending on the doors – provide contour on the fender and the rear sidewall.
The concept also features "blisters" that lend it with broad shoulders while evoking the current RS 4 Avant as well as Audi’s classic quattro models. Just like Audi sports car, the concept comes with round fuel cover in the C-pillars and reduced side mirrors. The concept also features side sill trims made from carbon fiber reinforced polymer or CFRP.