Despite previous rumors, it sounds like the a range-topping Audi RS3 will be on hold longer than originally expected.
Late next year Audi will launch its S3 sedan to the U.S. market powered by a 2.0-liter TFSI four cylinder with 296 hp. Just like its less-expensive A3 sibling, the car will only be offered to Stateside buyers sedan form with the hatchback model getting the axe. Previous reports suggested that Stephan Reil, the boss of Audi’s Quattro division, had said a hotter RS3 would be on tap about a year after the S3, but the latest news suggests otherwise.
Now, AutoCar is reporting that sources at Audi say the car is an exciting possibility, but that it won’t be coming any time soon. It won’t be a big surprise if that turns out to be true considering Audi’s RS cars are typically released near the end and not the beginning of a product cycle.
Regardless, when the S3 launches it will have stiff competition from the slightly larger Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG, which also uses a 2.0-liter four, albeit with almost 30 hp more. Then again, some might prefer the Audi for its less imposing style as a daily driver.