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.