Could the Audi RS3 Be Shown at the Los Angeles Auto Show?

The organizers of the Los Angeles Auto Show have officially announced that 3 brand new Audis will make world, not local, debuts at their venue come this November. The problem is there really aren’t that many Audis that are supposed to come out this year. One of them could be the A9 preview concept we keep hearing about, but what are the other two?
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Right now, Audi engineers are feverishly testing out the new RS3, a hot hatch that knows no equal. The video below shows the hyper-A3 undergoing Nurburgring testing in preparation for what we believe is a spring 2015 market launch. The 2.5-liter 5-cylinder turbo engine is still being used, as you can hear for yourselves, but it’s been bumped up to 367 PS and offers the latest fuel-saving technologies.

More crucially perhaps, Audi has found ways to make its FWD-based cars more fun. Sure, there’s still going to be some understeer, but the latest Haldex couplings can send up to 100% of the torque to the back wheels. Even the S3 is more engaging than the old RS3 now.

An RS3 in Los Angeles is kind of like a shot in the dark on our behalf. Audi has never sold this car in America. In fact, up until a few years ago, the US wasn’t too kin on hatchbacks in general. But just like VW gave in to public demand and launched the Golf R in 2012, so too should the four-ring brand sooner or later. And when it decided quattro hatchbacks are the way to go, the announcement needs to be made at a major motor show, like Los Angeles.

Of course, there are a few other possibilities. There’s the new R8, which we think isn’t ready yet (hasn’t undergone cold weather testing) and the second generation Q7. And let’s not forget the RS6 Plus, which was a hot topic when we discovered it being described on a UK dealer’s website.

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About the author: Mihnea Radu
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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