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Audi's newest RS trio makes landfall


Having launched the S5 Coupe back in March and the Cabriolet four months later, Audi South Africa has turned up the heat by unveiling the new RS5, in addition to the equally scorching TT RS and RS3 Sportback.


Said to have been inspired by the 90 quattro GTO that dominated the US IMSA championship in 1989, the latest RS5 comes in at 74 mm longer than its predecessor (4 723 mm vs. 4 649 mm) and six millimetres lower, while also tipping the scales at 60 kg lighter thanks to extensive use of aluminium and carbon fibre.

Aesthetically, the RS5 builds on the styling traits of the S5, but features a all black honeycomb grille with a lower contrasting blade, wide air intakes, blistered flared wheel arches, a RS-specific rear diffuser and bootlid spoiler, aluminium look mirrors and a choice of seven new colours, including the unique Sonoma Green Metallic. Audi's now trademark Matrix LED headlights and a exposed carbon fibre roof can both be had as optional extras.

As with the S5, the RS5 has been fettled underneath the skin with a revised suspension, a RS Electronic Stabilisation Control system with three modes (Normal, Sport and Off), black RS badged six-piston brake calipers, 19-inch alloy wheels and from the options list, RS Dynamic Ride Control, ceramic brakes, Dynamic Steering, a sports rear differential and lightweight 20-inch wheels.

Inside, the now obligatory 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit Display comes fitted as standard, with other fitments consisting of illuminated door sills, a choice of 30 ambient colours, RS sport seats trimmed in Nappa leather with a honeycomb design pattern, flat-bottom multi-function RS sport steering wheel, Alcantara finished gear lever and the 8.3-inch MMI Plus navigation system.

The biggest change however is up front where the 4.2-litre FSI V8 makes way for a 2.9-litre twin-turbocharged V6 that produces 331 kW and 600 Nm.

Replacing the V8's seven-speed S tronic gearbox, the forced-induced RS5 employs a sports optimised eight-speed Tiptronic 'box with paddle shifters, which Audi claims allows for a limited top speed of 250 km/h and 0-100 km/h in 3.9 seconds. The optional RS Driver's Package though ups the limiter to 280 km/h.

A five year / 100 000 km Audi Freeway Plan is included in the RS5's R1 285 000 asking price.


First shown at the Beijing Auto Show last year, the TT RS features a more aggressive take on Audi's Singleframe grille with a new grille, flared door sills, a fixed or retractable rear spoiler, Matrix OLED 3D headlights, dual exhausts with oval outlets and dynamic rear indicators.

Riding on standard 19-inch alloy wheels or optional 20-inches, the TT RS comes equipped with a RS-specific steering setup as standard, but can be specified with ceramic brakes, sport suspension incorporating magnetic ride as well as adaptive dampers.

Like the RS3, motivation from the 2.5-litre turbocharged five-cylinder engine stands at 294 kW and 480 Nm, which Audi claims allows the TT RS to dispatch the 0-100 km/h mark in 3.7 seconds and top out at 250 km/h, or 280 km/h with the RS Driver's Package fitted. A seven-speed S tronic gearbox is entrusted with sending the amount of twist to all four wheels.

As with the RS5, a five year / 100 000 km Audi Freeway Plan is part of the Coupe's R963 000 sticker price.

RS3 Sportback

Following on from the Sedan launched back in August this year, the RS3 Sportback, aside from the obvious hatchback design, also gets the Ingolstadt automaker's new Singleframe grille design finished in matt aluminium, combined with LED or optional Matrix LED headlights, RS roof spoiler and 19-inch Audi Sport alloy wheels.

With the interior mirroring that of the Sedan, the 2.5-litre turbocharged five-pot, which undercuts the old mill by 25 kg, punches out the same 294 kW and 480 Nm of torque as the TT RS, meaning a limited 250 km/h or 280 km/h top speed and a 0-100 km/h time of 4.1 seconds. Once again, a seven-speed S tronic gearbox and quattro all-wheel drive are standard.

Priced at R895 500, the RS3 Sportback is priced exactly R30 000 less than the Sedan, and comes with a a five year / 100 000 km Audi Freeway Plan as standard.

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