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Audi has no plans to bring 400-horsepower RS Q3 to the U.S.
The spunky 400-horsepower Audi RS Q3 is not coming to the U.S. according to a report by CarBuzz. Mark Dahncke, Director, Communications, Audi of America, confirmed the news to the outlet.
The move isn't unprecedented. Though growing in popularity stateside, the automaker doesn't bring all of its sportiest variants to the U.S. market. Audi has only recently began opening the floodgates with the announcement that the U.S. will get the RS Q8, SQ7, and SQ8.
The car can pack a punch, but isn't slated to be sold in the U.S.Photo courtesy of Audi AG
Unlike in Europe, there are none true sport versos of subcompact SUVs sold in the U.S. Dahncke pointed to a lack of demand for that style vehicle when talking with CarBuzz.
A big part of that argument is cost. Bringing a RS Q3 to the U.S. could make its MSRP around $55,000. That price tag is generally reserved for much larger SUVs in the land of the free whose residents are known for preferring larger vehicles than Europeans.
Here's what Americans are missing out on.
The RS Q3 has an inline 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine user the hood that powers its subcompact body. At its peak it reaches 354 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and comes standard with all-wheel-drive. The SUV can get to 62 mph from a standstill in 4.5 seconds with a top speed of 155 mph.
Audi has equipped the model with McPherson struts up front, a four-link rear suspension, and a dual-circuit brake system.
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