An Audi RS3 Saloon has been spotted testing at the Nürburgring, confirming that Audi will offer the RS3’s five-cylinder engine and running gear in a four-door body.
The spotted test car's exterior is nearly identical to that of the S3 Saloon, aside from RS3 bumpers, wider front wheel arches and a large-bore twin-pipe exhaust system.
The saloon will use the same turbocharged 2.5-litre five-cylinder engine of the Sportback, producing 362bhp and 343lb ft of torque. Due to the larger body shape’s extra 15kg in weight, the RS3 saloon's 0-62mph time should be about a tenth of a second slower than the RS3 Sportback’s time of 4.3sec.
The Sportback's dual-clutch seven-speed gearbox and four-wheel drive system will be carried over, meaning the handling and character of the saloon should be near identical to the Sportback.