Given Volkswagen Auto Group’s diesel crisis you could forgive them for not sending performance Audis Stateside. However in a bit of good news Audi has announced that the 2018 RS3 sedan will be coming to America. Even better news it will be getting an all new 2.5 liter 5 cylinder complete with a turbo to get power close to 400 horsepower. That’s 400 horsepower in something that is basically a fancy awd Jetta. It comes as no surprise that the 2018 RS3 will get to 60 in 4 seconds. At that size with that power and performance, I’ll take mine in black please.
Not so fast. The 2018 may be pretty awesome sounding, but it has one glaring issue that I’m not certain I can get over. There is no third pedal meaning no manual option. The only option is a 7 speed dual clutch transmission. This makes absolutely no sense. I mean zero sense. It’s one thing to remove a manual option in a pure bred sports/super car like the R8. It’s another thing entirely to remove the option from an enthusiasts car. Make no mistake, the RS3 is and always will be an enthusiasts car. The person who buys one wants an RS, but maybe can’t afford the RS5. Or, they’re willing to sacrifice some practicality and space to get a car that is small, sharp, and nimble in the corners. You know who isn’t buying an RS3, a stuffy suit of a human who wants to one up his pals. This individual needs a dual clutch transmission, because he is about posing and such. The RS3 won’t win any boardroom “measuring” contests, so why not give the enthusiast what he/she wants? I’m sure the dual clutch box will be great but not at least offering a manual is a gaping oversight. On that note cancel my order, I’ll just go get an M2.