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    Thread: Intel Report: New S3 and RS 3 + Potential for America... Worthy Successor to B5?

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    1. Administrator George@Fourtitude's Avatar
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      03-30-2012 10:15 AM #1


      Yesterday our first Intel Report on the A3 touched on Audi of America's current thinking in regards to the A3 Sportback and the proposed scenario by Audi's American management that the Sportback come over as an alternative fuel only drivetrain. Efficiency is important to Audi and this scenario would help use a different body style to help make more of a point. Fortunately for driving enthusiasts, performance is also important to Audi and today's report focuses more on the company's vaunted S and RS models.

      During our conversation in Geneva, Audi of America boss Johan de Nysschen wouldn't outright confirm the S3 and RS 3 for America, but he did reveal that he and his product management team are in favor of both models and actively working on both projects. And though he didn't say it outright, the focus here is the sedan.

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    2. 03-30-2012 10:32 AM #2
      good god yes!

    3. 03-30-2012 01:23 PM #3
      Oh man. This is pure awesome. I just bought a TT RS to get my hands on the sexy 2.5 5-Cyl turbo, but in my heart I really wanted the RS3 hatch in the USA.

      This sedan is SUPER hot, but I would much rather have a hatch or the sportback from yesterday's report (if I can't get a hatch).

      Now I just have to figure out how in the heck I'll convince my wife that we need another car in a few years. It's not going to be easy... The TTRS was definitely tough.

      Honestly this is a great car. Hopefully it comes in around the 49k mark offering something WAY better than a subaru or a mitsubishi around that price point. Honestly the hot AWD car segment is underserved in my opinion.

      But if I had to guess at prices:
      A3 Sedan: ~35k
      S3: ~49k
      RS3: ~55k

      Ideally the prices would be
      S3: 45k (Steal subaru/mitsu sales)
      RS3: 49k

      Also in case Mr. de Nysschen is reading, I'll gladly take one. #WantAnRS3

      EDIT: ALSO PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE offer DSG and 6-speed manual for S3/RS3
      Last edited by fjork_duf; 03-30-2012 at 01:28 PM.

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      03-30-2012 05:24 PM #4
      This concept is sexy as hell. Nice work Fourtitude. How epic would a small wagon RS3 be though with this look. omg...

      Very nice though, I would make an exception for a sedan IF this was it...
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      03-30-2012 05:27 PM #5
      Here, let me help...hopefully this is ok to post. Just need to have some photoshop the front clip with the new one from the RS4 and I think it would be something close.

      VWoA/AoA: Hatch (Golf R) or Sportback (S3) or Avant (B9 S4)

    6. 04-04-2012 05:47 PM #6
      I'd put a deposit on it right now if Audi would confirm this car!

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      03-31-2012 08:58 PM #7
      oh god yes please
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      04-01-2012 02:31 AM #8
      Love the RS3 models, see them quite a bit running around town here in Stuttgart. I can't wait to order either A/S/RS3 model when I move back to the U.S. in about 2 more years
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    9. 04-02-2012 04:03 PM #9
      I think the RS3 could very much be my next car of choice! Love the work done on the sedan. That would be my choice in a manual transmission.

    10. 04-02-2012 09:07 PM #10
      Bring it ! We need to get a petition going to bring the RS3 jsut like the guys did to get the TTRS here!

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      04-06-2012 11:41 AM #11
      At this point I'm just hoping that we get a drivetrain combination that includes a 6-speed manual and quattro - and a release date sooner than two years from now. ;-)

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      06-23-2012 02:46 AM #12
      I dont think Audi will ever be able to build a worthy Successor to the B5. The B5 chassis is still the best "modern" chassis Audi has ever built. It was a mix of old school german (1996 A4's used Audi B3 door handles) and new technology in the form of much beefier suspension.

      If the S3 does come with a 2.5 TFSI I will probably be in line for one (regardless of price) but I really want them to put this motor into something longitudinal.

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      06-24-2012 08:20 AM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by Issam Abed View Post
      I dont think Audi will ever be able to build a worthy Successor to the B5. The B5 chassis is still the best "modern" chassis Audi has ever built. It was a mix of old school german (1996 A4's used Audi B3 door handles) and new technology in the form of much beefier suspension.

      If the S3 does come with a 2.5 TFSI I will probably be in line for one (regardless of price) but I really want them to put this motor into something longitudinal.
      The engine placement in the MQB suggest better balance but I'd still feel better if I knew they'd planned a sport diff too. That made a HUGE difference in handling for the B-chassis.

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      06-24-2012 12:54 PM #14
      Quote Originally Posted by George@Fourtitude View Post
      The engine placement in the MQB suggest better balance but I'd still feel better if I knew they'd planned a sport diff too. That made a HUGE difference in handling for the B-chassis.
      What I think would have been amazing from what we know about B chassis modifying (specifically B5) would be the 0B4 Gearbox (B8 S4) in the B5 A4/S4...moves everything back around 100mm which is perfect for an extra cylinder.

      n.b. off topic I know

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      06-25-2012 05:50 AM #15
      Someone with a spare 2.5 TFSI engine needs to do that.

    16. 07-26-2012 04:17 AM #16
      http://youtu.be/8h_IcLn4JSg

      5:45

      Safe to say we are getting it? Certainly hope so.

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