The latest Audi RS3 Sportback and Sedan are on the horizon and an image has leaked online showcasing the intriguing LED headlight signature of the performance car.
This image looks to have been snapped during an internal presentation about the Audi range and the advanced Matrix LED technologies that the company is using. In the bottom right corner of the photo is the headlight of the Audi RS3 and clearly visible is a chequered flag pattern.
The photo first published by Periodis Del Motor confirms that in the lower corner of the RS3’s headlights will be a 3×5 array of small LEDs. Also visible in the photo are other Audi A3 variants, each with their own unique LED signature. While it is likely just software that’s behind the different designs, it seems as though each pattern will be fixed to a particular model. If that is the case then it is fitting that the RS3, the sportiest model in the A3 family, has the chequered flag motif.
Beyond its cool headlights, we know the 2021 Audi RS3 will be powered by a 2.5-liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine paired to a dual-clutch transmission and a Quattro all-wheel drive system. It is unclear just how much power this engine will deliver but we know it is rated at 395 hp and 354 lb-ft (480 Nm) in the RS Q3. It is certainly possible those same figures will carry through to the RS3 but it is also possible Audi could lift grunt to between 420 hp and 450 hp to usurp the various Mercedes-AMG A45 models.
We should see the 2021 Audi RS3 before the end of the year or in early 2021 at the latest.
Note: Regular Audi A3 pictured at the top of the article.