Talk of an extra-hot RS3 sedan stretches back to at least the 2011 unveiling of the Audi A3 sedan concept - and while Audi had steered clear of confirming the small RS3 sedan for production, the 2014 debut of the A3 Clubsport Quattro ensured that the idea remained front and centre for Audi RS fans.
Now, according to enthusiast website QuattroWorld, “several sources” present at the recent Audi Summit event in the US confirmed plans for a new flagship performer in the A3 sedan range.
Above: the S3 sedan
For now, the most powerful offering in the sedan range is the S3, powered by a 206kW (221kW in Europe) and 380Nm turbo four, while the RS3 Sportback is driven by a significantly more potent 2.5-litre turbo five-cylinder engine with 270kW and 465Nm on tap.
Such an offering in the A3 sedan range would undoubtedly go a long way with fans of the shape - while giving Audi a clear rival to the Mercedes-AMG CLA 45.
As for its styling, we can likely expect the RS3 sedan to draw close to its hatch sibling - although recent spy photos suggest we could soon see the A3 range updated with a grille similar to that worn by the Clubsport Quattro concept (along with more recent models like the new TT range).
Above: RS3 Sportback vs Mercedes-AMG A45. Review here.
If an RS3 sedan is on the way, expect it to appear no sooner than 2017.