• Apr 30, 2010
The Audi RS-fest continues with the RS3, spied on its way to the 'Ring for the obligatory entrance exam to become any kind of sports car. The news on the street is that the RS3 will get a reworked version of the five-cylinder lump from the TT RS with output claimed to be "over 330 bhp." It won't though, get the TT RS's six-speed manual, going for an S-tronic instead. We could see it at the Paris Motor Show, but we won't see it here in the States. With Audi's continued refusal to even bring over the S3, the chances of an RS3 making it to the U.S. are limited... at best.
[Source: Autoexpress]





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      • 4 Years Ago
      Sounds like a little monster that could go against the EVO's and STI's.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Please please bring this over!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm getting really, really tired of seeing cool, desirable cars that won't be brought over here.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sign me up.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well, at least one German company knows what it's good at.
        • 4 Years Ago
        How in hell is an RS3 "toyota-style blandification"?? I dont see toyota making rivals for the RS cars.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, but if they won't ship them across the Atlantic, why bother?

        Either way, it's Toyota-style blandification of what were once awesome German brands.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Orange you glad the new Audi RS3 has been spotted?" Mmmm, that was a bit of a stretch... and honestly, not really. Seeing how this will have no effect in my little world (i.e. The US) I'm good.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'd love to see an RS3 brought to the US but I still find it funny listening to people b*tch and moan about not getting these kinds of little cars when (1) most of the complainers couldn't afford them in the first place, and (2) most of the people who can afford them if they were brought over to this side of the pond would buy a different car anyway!

      An A3 typically sells for around $30-35K. If there was an S3 here, it would sell for a good $5-6 more, at least...that's the low $40K range. What would an RS3 go for if a TT RS is estimated to sell for about $75K? Somewhere around $48-50K? C'mon...how many US customers are there really...especially when you can start geting into an S4 or an S5 for around $50K?
      • 4 Years Ago
      nice,but it will cost an arm and one kidney more than its competition,considering the fact than an standard A3 will cost you at least $31000.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "With Audi's continued refusal to even bring over the S3, the chances of an RS3 making it to the U.S. are limited... at best."

      err. no. It's coming, it'll have a vw badge, cost 20k less and be available as an MkVII, just as has been the case with the last three generations of Golf R products. Which is awesome, I'm very much looking forward to adding a 350ish hp 2.5T hatch to the wookie family
        • 4 Years Ago
        Wrong.

        Neither R32 had the same engine as the S3 and the new Golf R won't have much in common with the RS3
        • 4 Years Ago
        If I recall correctly, the last Golfs R were the V6, 250HP on the last one. Didn't have a turbo. There is rumor of a Golf 20R coming to US, engine would be closer to the S3.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The R32, both Mk4 and Mk5 varieties utilized essentially the drivetrain from the TT V6. Same awd, same 250hp VR6. To my knowledge, the S3's have never used a V6.

        The original S3 utilized the 1.8T from the TT(it varied in output from 210hp early on to the full 225hp later). The current S3 uses a 265hp version of the 2.0T which the Mk6 Golf R will use as well.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The R variants use whatever engine is in he top spec TT at the time of development. Thus the Golf R And TT-S have the same engine... thus the Golf R MkVII and the TT-RS will have the same engine, also the same engine as the RS3. All one in the same. So yes, the MkVII Golf R will have the 2.5T.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks to be great..wish it would come to the U.S. though. Also a manual would of been nice..im not a fan of dsg, dual clutch, sporttronic, s-tronic whatever ha.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Boy, this A3 is sure getting long in the tooth.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "With Audi's continued refusal to even bring over the S3, the chances of an RS3 making it to the U.S. are limited... at best."

      Unfortunately, it's more like 0% chance here.
        • 4 Years Ago
        No, sadly, it's more like half.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Nah, I'd say it is at least twice that.
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