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Video: 2015 Audi RS 3 spotted, screaming 5-cylinder engine?

Audi has been spotted test driving a prototype version of the new RS 3 high-performance hatch at the Nurburgring in Germany. And boy does it sound and look quick.

2015 Audi RS 3 prototype

There has been a bit of uncertainty surrounding what engine Audi will use for the new model. Many believe it will come with a further tweaked version of the 2.0-litre ‘EA888’ turbo four-cylinder from the S3.

Meanwhile, some say it will use Audi’s famous howling 2.5-litre turbo five-cylinder. If you watch the video below, provided by TouriClips YouTube channel, we’re sure you’ll agree it sounds like a distinct five.

In other Audi models the TFSI engine produces as much as 265kW – in the case of the TT RS plus. In the RS 3, that figure is tipped to hit around 280kW, which should make it even quicker.

Despite the S3-like body on this prototype, surefire signs that we’re dealing with an RS 3 include the big kick-arse brakes, trademark silver side mirrors, and large alloy wheels.

A full debut is expected to take place later this year. Click play below for a preview.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.