When the Audi RS3 Sportback eventually does arrive, this is probably what it will look like.
At this year's Paris Motor Show, Audi let loose its raucous new 400-horsepower (294-kilowatt) RS3 sedan — 'sedan' being the key word there. The new four-door looks good, sounds good, and should be quite a riot when it goes on sale. But will we see a Sportback variant?
If it were up to rending artist Theophilus Chin, a five-door variant of the hot new RS3 would come sooner than later. Giving us his vision of a hotted-up hatchback version of the new RS3, Chin took the aggressive and handsome cues from the sedan, and tacked them onto a five-door platform.
On the front, the aggressive fascia remains. The new vents and “Quattro” badging assure no one mistakes it for something less potent. The angular headlights and sloped hood give it that ultra aggressive feel.
On the rear, the design is much more subtle… but not any less aggressive. The sculpted taillights form seamlessly into the hatchback design, while a more aggressive diffuser houses dual exhaust tips. The final product looking ready for production.
Like the sedan, the hatchback would use the same 2.5-liter turbocharged unit producing the aforementioned 400 horsepower (294 kilowatts) and 354 pound-feet (480 newton-meters) of torque. With the sedan capable of hitting 60 mph in just 4.1 seconds and a top speed of 174 mph (280 kmh), we can only assume the Sportback variant won’t be too far behind.
Though Audi hasn’t given official word as to the arrival of a five-door variant of the RS3, history suggests we’ll see one soon after the launch of the sedan. At least, we hope.
Source: Theophilus Chin
Photos: Theophilus Chin