Unfortunately for our Canadian friends and colleagues, all five-cylinder Audis are going to be pulled from the Canadian market, come 2022. That means the Audi RS3 and TT RS are done for in Canada, which is sure to upset tons of Canadian enthusiasts. As per usual, emissions regulations are what’s going to kill the RS3 and TT RS, as the turbocharged five-cylinder engine will no longer meet Canada’s 2022 emissions regs.
Audi has been famous for building kick-ass five-cylinder engines since the original Ur Quattro, back in the ’80s. While the current 2.5 liter turbo-five shares nothing in common with that original engine, save for its cylinder count, it’s every bit as loved as the original, among enthusiasts. And for good reason; it makes great power, an incredible noise, and puts smiles on drivers’ faces. It’s one of the best small displacement engines on the market and one of the most beloved.
Any Canadian customers that already ordered an Audi RS3 or TT RS will have their orders cancelled, unfortunately. However, Audi Canada will also be offering a “customer care package” for those very customers, to help ease the sting of losing their order. Audi Canada didn’t specify what that package might be but it better be a discount on a different Audi model or customers are going to be pretty mad.
Thankfully, the new five-cylinder engine is still welcome in the US market. For now, at least. So we should still be able to buy the all-new Audi RS3 Sedan, when it finally makes its way to our shores. In its current iteration, the 2.5 liter turbocharged inline-five makes 401 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque, making it the most powerful five-cylinder Audi has ever put in a production car. It’s also the fastest RS3 of them all, hitting 60 mph in under four-seconds.
We’re sad for our Canadian friends who will lose out on the chance to get what is likely the best RS3 of all. Though, it’s sort of a sign of the times, as many internal combustion engine vehicles are getting axed, to make way for more efficient hybrid and electrified models.