The current generation Audi RS3 is one of the best performance cars in the brand’s lineup. While cars like the Audi R8 and Audi RS7 get all the attention, the RS3 is quietly one of the best four-ringed car to drive. And the fact that it’s Audi’s cheapest RS model helps quite a bit as well. But, unfortunately, North American Audi enthusiasts haven’t had a chance to drive the current-gen RS3, as it hasn’t been sold here and we weren’t quite certain if Audi would ever bring it to our shores. However, it’s now possibly confirmed that we will be getting the RS3 in America.
According to some folks who attended the Audi Summit, for many employees of Audi North America to attend, have claimed that Audi executives have confirmed the RS3 for the US market. We’ve heard rumors about whether or not the RS3 would make it here, but nothing concrete. However, this news does justify one of the rumors, that we would only be getting the sedan variant of the car, not the Sportback. While this will disappoint many Audi enthusiasts who pined for the hatchback RS3, it’s better to get the sedan than nothing at all.
Although, aside from this rumored confirmation, we have no further details regarding this RS3. What we do know is that it will continue to use the 2.5 liter turbocharged I5 engine, developing close to 400 hp, it will only be available with the seven-speed S-Tronic gearbox and it will not be coming in hatchback form. A picture (above) has been floating around the internet, supposedly of the RS3 sedan, and it shows a much updated front end than on the current S3. We cannot confirm whether this picture is legitimate, but it’s possible someone snapped it with their phone at the aforementioned Audi Summit.
North American enthusiasts can probably expect to see the Audi RS3 reach shores sometime in 2017, probably later on in the year, as 2018 models. No word on pricing, but expect it to be over $50,000 to start, as the standard S3 gets up there with options. If these rumors are true, the Audi RS3 will be one of the best small performance cars on the market and will likely compete with the likes of the BMW M2 and Mercedes-AMG CLA45.