2025 Audi S3 Sportback spy footage

Audi is developing an updated version of its S3 Sportback Hot Hatch that will be sold outside the US, as evidenced by a prototype spotted in the wild.

The prototype sighting comes just days after a prototype for the updated S3 sedan was spotted.

The cars are expected to be unveiled late this year or early next year alongside an updated version of the regular A3. We should see them arrive in the US as 2025 models. An updated version of the performance flagship RS 3 is also to come.

The prototype reveals new designs for the interior of the lights at both ends, plus a new grille and new front and rear fascias. We know this prototype is for the S3 because of the improved brake package. There are also four rear exhaust tips, which is the traditional design for Audi’s S cars.

2025 Audi S3 Sportback facelift spy footage - Copyright: Baldauf

2025 Audi S3 Sportback facelift spy footage – Copyright: Baldauf

Expect minor upgrades in the cabin too, including possibly a larger screen for the infotainment system. The current screen has a size of 12.3 inches.

It’s unclear if any changes are planned in the powertrain department. The S3 is currently offered with a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4 with 306 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. The engine is paired to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and helps the S3 sprint from standstill to 60mph in 4.5 seconds.

Buyers looking for more power can opt for the RS 3, which offers a 2.5-liter turbocharged 5 with 401 hp and 369 lb-ft on tap. Both the S3 and the RS 3 come standard with all-wheel drive.

The latest A3 range, which represents the fourth generation of the nameplate, is based on an updated version of the Volkswagen Group’s front-wheel drive modular MQB platform. It’s basically an under-the-skin twin with the latest Volkswagen Golf, which is due to be updated around the same time as the Audi. We also have spy footage of the updated Golf.