Fans of Audi’s most affordable high-performance models will need to wait a little longer before the RS3 sedan and hatch return to Australian showrooms.
Audi stopped production of the Audi RS3 twins in late 2018 while the company had to redo the certification process to meet Europe’s real-world fuel economy tests known as WLTP (worldwide harmonised light vehicle test).
Both Audi RS3 models were supposed to be back in Australian showrooms by the end of 2019, after local stock sold out at the start of this year.
However, the restart of Audi RS3 production has been pushed back until November or December which means the cars won’t arrive until late January or early February.
Audi says there are no technical changes planned for the vehicle. The power output from the turbocharged 2.5-litre five-cylinder engine (294kW/480Nm), the seven-speed twin-clutch auto, and all-wheel-drive system remain unchanged.
The suspension package also has not been touched during its 12 months off the market.
This generation Audi RS3 went on sale in 2013 so a new model is due in about two to three years, meaning the RS3 likely won’t be back in showrooms for long.
While the RS3 sedan or hatch are not currently listed on the Audi Australia website, company spokesman Shaun Cleary said: “Our production has been confirmed for later in the year, so at this stage we hope to see the RS3 return in early 2020. We’ve certainly had interest and demand and enquiry about the vehicle over the past 12 months so we’re very much looking forward to its return.”
Audi says demand for the RS3 in Australia is evenly split between the sedan and hatch, both of which can do the 0 to 100kmh dash in about 4 seconds neat.
It is unclear if prices will rise but when it was last on sale in Australia the RS3 cost from $80,240 plus on-road costs for the hatch and $84,240 plus on-road costs for the sedan.