Report: Next-Gen S3, RS3 Will Hit US Showrooms with More Power

The next S3 and RS3 will get a power bump when they arrive on US shores. According to Car and Driver, the hot compacts are confirmed for the US.

The S3 will go from 288 hp to more than 300, while the RS3 will crest 400 hp, up from 394. Both will retain their engines, a 2.0-liter turbo and a 2.5-liter 5-cylinder, respectively.

Unfortunately, this all being a few years out, details are still slim on the two performance models. But we can remain happy in the knowledge that the little M2 fighter will be coming back.

Meanwhile, what won’t be coming to America is the A3 Sportback e-tron. The plug-in hybrid version of the A3 won’t be joining the lineup—a strategy Audi shares in common with VW, opting for full-electric models instead of hybrid ones.

The A3 Cabriolet, meanwhile, is completely dead, so we won’t get that one either, nor will we be getting any TDIs for obvious reasons.

On the A3, the seven-speed S tonic transmission will be the only option. That means, predictably, that the manual will not be coming to America, despite the fact that the base manual exists in Europe. A front-wheel-drive option will be available, though, reports C&D.

Unfortunately, you still have about a year to wait before you can get behind the wheel of an A3. The car will be arriving on our shores in late 2021 as a 2022 model.