Budget-minded enthusiasts like hatchbacks, mostly because they only get one car and they have to make it count. The Audi A3 Concept challenges this preference by dropping all that's lovable about the RS3 hatch into a sleek sedan.

I'm an ass man. I like a big, glassy round hatch that can swallow all of my equipment. I therefore love the Audi RS3 Sportback. But this sedan, I hate to admit, is svelte and appealing in a different sort of way.

And to make things more difficult for me the ridiculous 408-hp 2.5-liter turbo inline-five ends up under its hood, letting it fire off a 0-62 mph time of just 4.1 seconds. There's also the RS3's McPherson strut front/four-link rear suspension and Quattro system. A 1M Coupe fighter? Definitely. An S4 killer? That, too.


It's a conundrum. It's the choice between Allison Brie and Scarlett Johansson. A choice we're not going to be lucky enough to make until Audi agrees to put it into production. Or if, like Charlie Sheen, you have the tiger blood of a winner. Duh.