MTM distributor Horchaus has announced they have failed to secure the required clearances to import Audi RS models into North America.
According to Horchaus, "We did not manage to work our way through the regulatory commissions to ensure that the cars indeed meet all North American regulations." While that's a little vague, the company added they "could not finalize the legalization of these vehicles here without the appropriate collaborators." The latter statement is a tad interesting because Horchaus had reportedly inked a deal with Audi to modify cars to become street legal in the United States and Canada.
As we have previously reported, Horchaus had planned to import models like the RS6, RS6 Avant, and B7 RS4 Avant. Unfortunately, that won't be happening.
On the bright side, Audi recently confirmed the RS5 will be offered in the U.S. in 2012.