• Aug 10th 2010 at 9:28AM
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In reaction to news that Audi put up an online petition to bring the TT RS to the U.S., a number of commenters opined that they'd rather have the S3. Well, you're no closer to getting it, but you can see its even hotter brother, the RS3, in spy shots taken in Austria.
Almost all of the work seems to have taken place up front, where the hottest Audi hatch gets new headlights and gaping intakes. Even though there's an S3 badge on the front and standard exhaust outlets in back (not the oval units reserved for Audi's RS models), this isn't your standard S model. The shooter claims the redline on the mule is 6,500 rpm, where as the normal S3's redline is 6,000 rpm. And we'd be remiss not to mention these earlier spy shots of an Audi RS3 testing at the 'Ring, wearing the same S3 badges as well.

Not that it matters – we won't get either of them, although a hotted up A3 sedan could come someday. But that doesn't mean you can't start your own online petition to convince Audi otherwise. Get to work...

[Source: Autoliefhebber (translated)]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I'd much rather see the A3's prettier cousin, the Scirocco, brought to the States.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I hear ya man, but they could easily mix it up with the next A3 since they haven't shown any camo'd prototypes of the next A3 body style. No one knows what the new one will look like and judging from all the new models coming from Audi, I expect the new A3 to be wider and slightly longer than the previous models. Since most speculate that it'll still share the Golf platform, I suggested awhile back that they simply take the Scirocco, add 2 doors, audi grill/headlamp/tail assembly, drop in the TT-S/TT-RS engines and you have a new A3. They wouldn't even have to go through all the design and R&D costs to perform a little surgery on a new model. This also adds the premium into the vehicle to make up for importing the car stateside.
      • 5 Years Ago
      wow... when is comes to design.. Audi is LAZY.
        • 5 Years Ago

        If Audi really wanted to be lazy they could simply tweak the 2005 Mitsubishi Sportback design for the new A3. It's essentially about the same size and can easily be modified to fit into the Audi lineup. It would also differentiate it from the Golf with it's rounder rear and semi detached spoiler. Since there actually hasn't been a actually final design specified maybe we'll see something a little different this time around.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm not so sure that this model won't come to the US. After all, Ford is bringing the Focus RS over here and the next BMW 1-Series and AMG B-Class mean there is going to be significant competition in this segment - likely enough to cause Audi to bring it over here.

      I've got hope, but i'm definitely not going to hold my breath just in case...
      • 5 Years Ago
      All these "no-for-US" models are nice, but it is getting annoying to be able to only look.

      That's why I stopped going to strip clubs.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's hard to relate to comments like these, do most of you never read international car magazines or watch topgear because having a healthy automotive worldview endangers a myopic us market only understanding? Or, better yet, are you really pining to spend 50k on an Audi hatch? Or Just ignorant to the golf r cycle? This will be in the us market as a VW in four years for 30% less.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I watch and read all kinds of foreign-born media. Nothing myopic about it. The fact that the US market (now) seems to be the red-headed stepchild of automakers selling their wares IN the US is the irritating part. When desirable cars (Focus 2-dr RS, performance wagons/hatches, etc.) are left off the US market, and all we get is mainly 4-dr sedans (or some watered-down 5-dr hatches), that is rather disheartening. That the UK market always seems to have some performance models at every model point indicates that the US market is not as good. And pointing to VW, they skipped offering the Scirocco in the US for sales fears, yet offer several models in the UK that would/should have the same issue (yet apparently do not).

        I know that they are a different market mindset there mainly due to typical American buying habits of 'make it a big thing so I feel safe', but for those not of that mindset our current offerings are mostly bland and appliance-like.

        And paying $50k for a performance luxury 'hatch' would not be unpalatable. That price would be if it were only for some wheezmobile with some nice interior bits.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's called the Großglockner.
      • 5 Years Ago
      can't we import some of these cars to NA
        • 5 Years Ago
        Should be a little screamer, but now I hear they sell the S3 in Mexico, maybe it is time for a vacation.
        • 5 Years Ago
        They sell the S3 here in Mexico. It shouldn't be that hard.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wouldn't be so sure about the so called "not-for-US" models anymore, Audi is becoming more savvy in their approach to the RS models. Since they have already approve the RS5 for the US and are taking a supposed "petition" for the TT-RS, I wouldn't be surprised if this actually pops up as a 2012 model in the flesh or in the A3 brochures. If BMW can sell every M model and MB every AMG version of their cars, why can't Audi do the same? People shopping in the luxury segment tend to spend a bit more for the next model up if their is enough in the package to persuade them--340hp, hatchback that can haul the groceries, kids, and give any EVO X or Subie WRX a run for their money--count me in!!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        I am not so optimistic. Let's see what we (Americans) are NOT getting from Audi right now:

        A3 three door
        S4 Avant
        Last RS4 Avant
        A5/S5 Sportback
        S6 Avant
        RS6 Sedan/Avant

        And the next A3 is going to be a sedan int the US. I think the message is loud and clear: there is no market for sporty hatchback/wagons in America. It's not really Audi's fault. Why will you go through the costly certification if you are not going to sell that many units.

        I drive an A3 3.2 now, and I would love nothing more than an RS3 (with three pedals, plz). But if I were a betting man...


        • 5 Years Ago
        I don't think we get the A7 either.
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