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Audi RS3 Is The VW Golf GTi Killer The US Needs

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The Audi RS3 is the new reason for not getting its younger brethren, the S3, walloped by the higher-performing Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG. And it just might be the car to outshine Volkswagen’s Golf GTi if the former does fare well in the auto industry.

We’re going to be expecting the Audi RS3 to transition from its Euro-market Sportback body style to a more conventional four-door, and that is already a beaut if you stare at the image above several times. There’s also a 400-plus horsepower it’s going to provide, and a 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbo which is stored under the hood. That’s enough to kill both the Merc and the VW while they’re at it.

And if you’re wondering about the price tag it’s going to be offered, the RS3 Sedan would be arriving on US shores in 2017 as a 2018 model, with prices ranging between $55,000 and $60,000. That’s when you should probably get your pay checks ready. Do you think that’s enough to get VW nervous and at the edge of their seats?

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5 Comments

  1. Bryon

    February 18, 2016 at 8:58 am

    Not really because it is a markup of 30k over the base GTI. Even a base R with DCC can be had for almost 20k less. The market to compete with a GTI is far and few in between. The ones that should be able to compete either lack design queues or lack specs. Find a sub 30k car with the same performance as a GTI with the same fuel economy and then write an article about that. Journalists are like weather forecasters now, all guess work with no accountability. Let me peer into my crystal ball and think about a what if car that might come to the states and not compete because it costs 30k more. Haha.

  2. Eric M

    February 18, 2016 at 9:30 am

    If you were going to compare a Golf variant with the RS3 it would be better matched against the R, not the GTI. EVO did a direct comparison between the two and had better times on the track with Golf R. You can find their video with a quick search. This is one reason I have personally opted for the R myself over the RS3.

  3. E Hunt

    February 18, 2016 at 9:40 am

    An Audi with a $55,000 price tag isn’t going to dent VW GTI sales. I doubt it’ll even dent Golf R sales. If Audi got serious and offered the A3 hatch in QUATTRO, panoramic roof and an upscale interior for $35k, then GTI owners would take notice.

  4. JoMammy

    February 18, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    “Do you think that’s enough to get VW nervous and at the edge of their seats?”

    Get real. Audi and VW are the same entity.

  5. Jon

    February 18, 2016 at 8:37 pm

    Not much of a GTI killer since it costs twice as much as a GTI. Even a Golf-R is 20K less that the RS3. So it’s pretty clear this isn’t a car we need in the USA.