These latest shots taken in Germany by our spy photographers show Audi is cooking up a hardcore RS3 Sportback.

These latest shots taken in Germany by our spy photographers show Audi is cooking up a hardcore RS3 Sportback.

The camouflage on this prototype hides a sportier front bumper incorporating larger air intakes while behind the massive alloys are considerably bigger brakes. It also seems to feature a lower and stiffer suspension and wider front & rear tracks, while at the back there’s a resculpted bumper together with big dual oval exhaust pipes.

From what we know so far, the RS3 will be available exclusively as a five-door Sportback and will be powered by a 5-cylinder, 2.5-liter turbocharged engine delivering 367 PS (270 kW). Output will be sent to the quattro all-wheel drive system through an S tronic gearbox. It is believed the RS3 will also receive an optional dynamic package but details aren’t available at this point.

Order books are expected to open in April 2015 so a public reveal should occur a month earlier at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. Reports suggest deliveries will start in July.

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2015 Audi RS3 Sportback spied testing in Germany