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    Thread: Driven: 2011 Audi RS 3 Sportback

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      01-17-2011 07:00 PM #1


      Like most markets, Audi Canada operates its own driving experience and, not surprisingly, the Canuck take includes lots of snow and ice. That it’s focus is Audi’s prowess on the slipper stuff is to be expected though when we were offered the chance to drive the company’s all-new Euro-only RS 3 Sportback we found its temporary presence in Canada quite unexpected. Eh?

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    3. 01-17-2011 07:53 PM #3
      Thank You Sir for the story!!!

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      01-17-2011 09:37 PM #5
      First of all, it's not fair that we don't get anything remotely this cool in the US. The fact that this car is in its last year makes it even more insane.

      Secondly, I find it interesting that this car has the Sport Seats...no Recaro action? I think maybe only the two doors have Recaros for some reason?

      Thirdly, who is going to make some of these parts available. I want:
      1) Rear Spoiler
      2) Leather covered Interior center console buttresses (unless they're more expensive than the Osir carbon ones)
      3) Complete body shell, drive-train and chassis.

      Lastly, this car epitomizes why I love Germans and the cars they build. The only cars that come close in their pure insanity are:
      GT-R (let's face it, this car can't be profitable)
      CTS-V Coupe and the SRT-8 Cherokee (insane)
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      01-17-2011 09:38 PM #6
      Since it does no have XWD's locking diff, does it at least incorporate the electronic torque vectoring XDS that VW uses in their Mk VI cars?

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      Could probably go VR6T with Osir front fenders and older S3 front bumper for about the same $ as trading the A3. Hmmmm.
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      01-17-2011 10:34 PM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by TroySico View Post
      First of all, it's not fair that we don't get anything remotely this cool in the US. The fact that this car is in its last year makes it even more insane.

      Secondly, I find it interesting that this car has the Sport Seats...no Recaro action? I think maybe only the two doors have Recaros for some reason?

      Thirdly, who is going to make some of these parts available. I want:
      1) Rear Spoiler
      2) Leather covered Interior center console buttresses (unless they're more expensive than the Osir carbon ones)
      3) Complete body shell, drive-train and chassis.

      Lastly, this car epitomizes why I love Germans and the cars they build. The only cars that come close in their pure insanity are:
      GT-R (let's face it, this car can't be profitable)
      CTS-V Coupe and the SRT-8 Cherokee (insane)
      Various hi-spec V8 powered Aussie Holdens and Fords (mad)

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      Read the piece. It is being considered for USA. That doesn't mean it's been confirmed but the fact that it's being considered is welcome news to me.

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      01-17-2011 11:06 PM #9
      Quote Originally Posted by George@Fourtitude View Post
      Read the piece. It is being considered for USA. That doesn't mean it's been confirmed but the fact that it's being considered is welcome news to me.
      also the car does come with rs3 recaro seats with red stiching

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      Quote Originally Posted by greyjetta View Post
      also the car does come with rs3 recaro seats with red stiching
      I just got the new issue of Top Gear magazine and the press car has the Recaros... It's freaking perfect! I'd pony up $50k. The motor reminds me of my 2006 Volvo V70R but in a car that's 400lbs lighter and with a superior tranny. I loved the Volvo's snarl...


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    12. 01-18-2011 01:06 AM #12
      Thanks George. Must have been nice to get in the rs3 and ttrs back to back.

      I'm suspect that we will see this car since we'd also likely get the s3 at that point as well. Maybe I am just a bit jaded. But I'd love to see it come here and i think at those performance specs you might find a few buyers. I'd have to give it a hard look for sure. The facelift a3 is doing really well here in the ba area. They are everywhere so i wouldn't be surprised to see them milking the 8p a little longer but I didn't think they would keep 2 runs in production at the same time.

      In any event, thanks again. Should have liberated her to the USA,

    13. 01-18-2011 01:18 AM #13
      HOT DAMN!!! I want this car. At first I was pretty stoked on the TTRS, but needs will be eventually changing so a five door would be optimal. Plus it's 5 cyl with decent mileage, DSG, high fun factor! I want this car. I hope audi brings it over!!! 7 Speed DSG please. Makes sense since the TTRS will be the manual choice.

      I also would take a manual, but it wouldn't be as perfect for awful traffic. I can't wait to see an announcement on this ride. The sooner the better! George you're a lucky dude.

    14. 01-18-2011 10:57 AM #14
      Thanks for the write up. I'd buy this car in a heart beat if they brought it to NA. Was there any talk of price point ?

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      01-18-2011 11:12 AM #15
      From the article:

      And while kit is nice and all, the real story here is aboot the engine.
      -You can tell that it was in Canada, eh?

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      01-18-2011 11:58 AM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by TroySico View Post
      First of all, it's not fair that we don't get anything remotely this cool in the US.
      Quote Originally Posted by George@Fourtitude View Post
      Read the piece. It is being considered for USA. That doesn't mean it's been confirmed but the fact that it's being considered is welcome news to me.
      Plus, we are getting the TT-RS, so it's not like we're totally left out in the cold. Personally, I'd love to see this car here (as it would be a lot easier to sell my wife on something like this than a TT when we have a little guy in a car seat to deal with), but we'll have to just wait and see!

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      01-18-2011 12:17 PM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by drew138 View Post
      Thanks George. Must have been nice to get in the rs3 and ttrs back to back.

      I'm suspect that we will see this car since we'd also likely get the s3 at that point as well.
      I doubt the S3 will happen. If RS 3 does happen it'll be a parting shot. Plus, S3 would be effectively the same drivetrain as Golf R and I'm not sure that'd be a smart move.

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      01-18-2011 12:18 PM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by fjork_duf View Post
      HOT DAMN!!! I want this car. At first I was pretty stoked on the TTRS, but needs will be eventually changing so a five door would be optimal. Plus it's 5 cyl with decent mileage, DSG, high fun factor! I want this car. I hope audi brings it over!!! 7 Speed DSG please. Makes sense since the TTRS will be the manual choice.
      This is a question of economies of scale. TT RS with MT6 is already federalized. I5 wiht 7-speed DSG is not. If it comes it will likely be MT6.

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      01-18-2011 12:19 PM #19
      Quote Originally Posted by A3Scott View Post
      Thanks for the write up. I'd buy this car in a heart beat if they brought it to NA. Was there any talk of price point ?
      No talk of price yet... at least in front of me.

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      me likey!!!

      i doubt the wife would let me buy one but i would love to get behind the wheel.

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      Bring it to the US with proper 3-pedal tranny and I'll be one of the first in line, but I have no interest in it if it's only got two pedals.

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    22. 01-18-2011 06:42 PM #22
      Quote Originally Posted by Uwe View Post
      Bring it to the US with proper 3-pedal tranny and I'll be one of the first in line, but I have no interest in it if it's only got two pedals.

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    23. 01-18-2011 06:49 PM #23
      Quote Originally Posted by George@Fourtitude View Post
      This is a question of economies of scale. TT RS with MT6 is already federalized. I5 wiht 7-speed DSG is not. If it comes it will likely be MT6.
      Well I would take it with a manual which I prefer, but for traffic it would suck. This car is awesome. I hope it comes to the USA <50k

      Disclaimer: I know nothing about the certification process but...

      If they certify the DSG + 5 cylinder and the MT6 + the 5 cylinder they could offer both choices in the TTRS and the RS3 correct?

      Also won't audi use this drivetrain in the future? (quattro production version etc) so if they spend the money now is it really wasted investment?

    24. 01-18-2011 06:59 PM #24
      Oh boy:


    25. 01-18-2011 07:12 PM #25
      Oh, that video is awesome. Bring It.

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    29. 01-18-2011 10:45 PM #29
      Interesting. Audi's official Twitter just put up a post asking if we want the RS3 coming to the USA. This is a VERY carefully curated Twitter account and it is unlikely they would stoke that fire unless there were VERY real prospects of this happening. Just like the TTRS campaign ran by Audi. That thing was coming all along.

      Here is the Tweet:

      http://twitter.com/#!/Audi/status/27478443155263488

      Anyone on here with a Twitter account should re-tweet it just for good measure.

    30. 01-18-2011 11:12 PM #30
      Quote Originally Posted by drew138 View Post
      Interesting. Audi's official Twitter just put up a post asking if we want the RS3 coming to the USA. This is a VERY carefully curated Twitter account and it is unlikely they would stoke that fire unless there were VERY real prospects of this happening. Just like the TTRS campaign ran by Audi. That thing was coming all along.

      Here is the Tweet:

      http://twitter.com/#!/Audi/status/27478443155263488

      Anyone on here with a Twitter account should re-tweet it just for good measure.

      X2 it looks like it might actually be coming

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    32. 01-19-2011 12:46 AM #32
      Damn, just ordered a 135i as I was fed up with Audi and the lack of S3/RS3 to the USA. If they brought it to the US, how long till we see? If the TTS is 50K+ so will the RS3? I don't think they would be teasing on twitter if they were not serious about importing. If only the S4 avant was being imported... Audi would have an order now.

      Nice to see things may be changing in a good way for USA market.

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      01-19-2011 12:59 AM #33
      awesome video. wonder how they get the tail to just start sliding out with Haldex. Powering the tail out? Haldex wouldn't be doing that in a straightaway. Pulling of the handbrakes? Don't see any rear wheel locking. Flicking of the steering wheel in the opposite direction before turning in? Don't see much evidence of that. It almost look like the tail comes out from hitting the brakes on ice. It then floats into position with almost no countersteer.

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      Quote Originally Posted by ArcticA3 View Post
      Damn, just ordered a 135i as I was fed up with Audi and the lack of S3/RS3 to the USA. If they brought it to the US, how long till we see? If the TTS is 50K+ so will the RS3? I don't think they would be teasing on twitter if they were not serious about importing. If only the S4 avant was being imported... Audi would have an order now.

      Nice to see things may be changing in a good way for USA market.
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    35. 01-19-2011 01:14 AM #35
      Quote Originally Posted by Bezor View Post
      Stick with the BMW and you'll be able to sleep at night.
      Yeah cuz the RS3 gets the ladies, the ones that don't like to sleep at night.

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