I think it’s an oversight either way
Whether it’s a 2k option or 4k option isn’t really critical to me so much as the general package that we’re likely getting and it’s price point. Compared to the “performance” luxury competitors in the 40k range it’s the only one without it.
All the German cars won’t come as well equipped from a tech perspective at their entry prices but, on paper, all will have a better drivetrain offering consisting of awd and (probably) more power. If the Acura type S is 42900 and 285hp and the S3 is 45,900 with AWD and 306hp - i don’t believe the els audio and 3k are enough to compel these particular buyers. I’d guess they’re competing w/ themselves at that point more than stealing share from competitors. They will sell to folks who can’t get the CTR or don’t want the boy racer wing.
That said, if they came out and said ~45k for the type S and it was 285hp, ctr 6speed, sh-awd (plus some bigger brakes and the little performance things that complete the package) I’d put a deposit down today and start conserving miles on my ‘23 to maximize trade value lol - I wouldn’t really need anything else (rear ac vent, cooled front seats, wider fenders, etc)