Sketches Preview Next-Generation Audi A3, R8 GT Spyder

#Audi, #A3

Like many automakers, Audi is keen to preview forthcoming product by means of artistic sketches. Days after it hinted at the new Q3 crossover with a rendering, sketches showcasing two cars -- the next-gen A3 and an R8 GT Spyder -- popped up early this morning.

Although we've already seen what the new A3 sedan will look like, the new sketches give some indication of what the hatchback model -- which isn't likely to make its way stateside -- will look like. When compared to the current three-door A3, the sketch depicts a lower roofline, sharper body lines, and a much more steeply-raked windshield. As is the case with the sedan, wheels appear to migrate closer to the corners, which should help improve handling. Unfortunately, the sketch also shows the hatchback wearing a set of massive multi-spoke wheels and cross-drilled rotors -- we doubt either will appear on the production car A3, but they could be part of a future S3 or RS3 model.

Radical that may be, but the interior -- previewed with another sketch -- suggests the A3's cabin may be somewhat conservative. Reminiscent of Audi's higher-class offerings, the drawing features the automaker's Multimedia Interface (MMI) controller, along with a sporty flat-bottom steering wheel.

Speaking of sporty, Audi also previewed yet another variant of its R8 supercar. A new R8 GT Spyder will closely mimic the R8 GT coupe launched earlier this year, but use a folding cloth top in lieu of a fixed roof. Power will still come from a 5.2-liter V-10 that's capable of delivering 552 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque. Autocar suggests production will be capped at 333 units, and make its first public debut at the 24 Hours of Le Mans race in June.

New Car Research

our instagram

get Automobile Magazine

Subscribe to the magazine and save up to 84% off the newsstand price

subscribe

new cars

Read Related Articles

TO TOP