A fresh report out of Germany suggests the new Audi RS3 Sportback could employ the trick all-wheel-drive system from the Volkswagen Golf 8 R.

According to AutoBild, the new RS3 – which will again be offered in sedan form, too – is scheduled to be revealed towards the end of the third quarter of 2021.

The German publication claims the Ingolstadt-based firm’s upcoming hot hatch looks set to employ a version of the VW Group’s latest AWD system, as debuted in the Golf 8 R and the Tiguan R. Quattro with a drift mode, anyone?

In the Golf 8 R, VW calls this all-paw arrangement “4Motion with R-Performance Torque Vectoring”. As VW points out in its press material, the system’s new rear final drive distributes power “not just between the front and rear axles, but also variably between the two rear wheels”.

Describing it as a “world first”, VW says the all-wheel-drive system is “also networked via a vehicle dynamics manager with other running gear systems such the electronic differential locks and adaptive chassis control”.

AutoBild also echoes an earlier report claiming the next-gen RS3’s turbocharged 2,5-litre, five-cylinder petrol engine will have its peak outputs increased from the outgoing model’s 294 kW and 480 N.m to some 309 kW and 500 N.m.

In March 2020, a report out of Australia suggested the Ingolstadt-based firm was furthermore developing an “extreme” version of the RS3 Sportback, with the flagship variant boasting a peak power output as lofty as 331 kW.