Prototypes of the 2025 facelifted Audi RS3 scorching hatch have wandered in entrance of our spy picture groups’ lenses a few instances over the previous few months, however its sedan brother has been conserving a decidedly low profile. The final time we spied an RS3 sedan on take a look at was manner again in October 2022. However with the launch of each fashions in all probability just a few months away, the four-door variant has been placing in some highway miles to ensure it’s prepared.
The RS3 hatch, which isn’t offered within the U.S., and the sedan, which is obtainable in most markets, are just about equivalent bar their completely different trunk preparations. So the identical visible upgrades we’ve already spied on the 2025 hatch are additionally current on this sedan prototype noticed in Germany. It’s solely a facelift and never a wholly new automotive, that means the adjustments over the present 2024 mannequin quantity to new lights and a revised grille.
The obvious will likely be these new lights, which get Audi’s new fashion of DRLs comprised of a number of LED blocks that allow them to point out completely different patterns. We’ve already been formally launched to them on the Q6 e-tron. However the grille change can also be simple to identify, the present automotive’s outsized chain-link-style grille mesh giving option to a brand new double diamond sample. We will additionally count on the mannequin to be outfitted with the new four-ring brand that debuted on the Q8 e-tron.
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Naturally, there are adjustments to the tail lamps, too, and we severely hope Audi ditches the cheap-looking faux vents within the rear bumper like Honda did when it launched the newest Civic Sort R. It’s arduous to inform if the faux mesh has gone however we are able to see that the reflector within the bumper has moved from a horizontal to vertical place, and the lip spoiler on the trunk additionally seems a lot smaller, although it won’t be a closing manufacturing merchandise.
Audi will retain the RS3’s current 2.5-liter inline 5, although, little doubt it should liberate just a few extra horses to go along with the facelift. The present automotive is rated at 394 hp (294 kW / 400 PS) in Europe and as much as 401 hp (299 kW / 407 PS) within the U.S., however its AMG A45 S rival trumps each with a 415 hp (421 PS) output.