Audi's Five-Cylinder Engine Is Too Dirty For Canada

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The TT RS and RS3 have been canceled.

The Audi RS3 and Audi TT RS are two spectacular machines with one thing in common: a five-cylinder turbocharged engine that sounds and performs like nothing else out there. Unfortunately, we recently got the news that the latter will be dead in America after the 2022 model year. A special send-off is making the most of the limited time that we have left with the crazy coupe. As for the former model, it's business as usual, and Audi will be looking to market the car's outstanding Nurburgring record to North American buyers in 2022. Unfortunately, those buyers will no longer include Canadians. Why? The engine is too dirty, which means that the TT RS is also dead to our northern neighbors.

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An internal dealer memo (see below) announces the sad news, quoting changes to the law for the registration of new vehicles in the Canadian market making it "no longer possible for Audi Canada to offer the 5-cylinder engine." The note goes on to say that "Audi Canada and its dealer network can no longer market and sell the RS3 and TT RS in the Canadian market due to the inability to satisfy certain technical requirements."

This means that those who have already ordered a five-cylinder TT or A3 won't have their cars built. As for the technical requirements that couldn't be met, there's no official word but one theory is that Canada's stringent noise pollution limits are to blame.

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To try make up for this, Audi Canada is reportedly in the process of creating a customer care package that it will provide details on in the new year, but we highly doubt that any of the people who wanted to buy these cars will be placated by this. For those who ordered the track-only Audi RS 3 LMS, vehicles will still be built, but for everyday enthusiasts, the glorious sound of that five-pot will now be a distant memory unless they opt to buy a used example. It's a sad sign of the times we live in, but those who are willing to embrace the future have plenty of other exciting offers to look forward to.

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