IT SEEMS that every manufacturer now has a performance wing that produces the cars we aspire to own. One of the most famous motorsport ranges is Audi’s RS line of performance vehicles, which goes all the way back to 1994 with the first RS 2 models making their appearance. We had to wait until the B7 RS4 in 2005 for our next taste of the RS magic and then again in 2011 when we saw 150 RS3s reach local shores.
The German brand has announced the arrival of two new models that takes the RS tally to six models. The latest additions include the RS 7 Sportback and the RS Q3. More good news is that, due to popular demand, the RS 6 Avant is being considered for local introduction in 2015. The same Quattro GmbH factory in Neckarsulm that produces the R8 will be responsible for producing these two new models.
The RS7 Sportback is powered by a 4.0-litre TFSI that produces 412 kW and 700 Nm of torque and is mated with an eight-speed Tiptronic gearbox. The engine itself features two twin-scroll turbochargers that boost it up to 1.2 bar. The figures translate in to a 0-100km/h time of 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 305km/h with the Dynamic Package Plus.
Fuel consumption is a claimed 9.8litres/100km thanks to features such as start/stop and cylinder-on-demand technology, which allows the car to use fourcylinders under mild acceleration. There is adaptive damping that adjusts the suspension’s response to the condition of the road, the driver’s style and the mode selected in the Audi Drive Select System.
The RS Q3 is the first SUV to receive the RS treatment. It inherits the award-winning high-performance 2.5-litre TFSI motor from the TT RS and RS 3 that produces 228kW and 420Nm. There is the slick seven-speed S tronic double-clutch gearbox as standard along with steering-mounted paddles.
Performance stats are impressive for a small SUV, with the 0-100km/h sprint coming taking just 5.2 seconds onto a top speed of 250km/h. Fuel consumption is a claimed 8.8 litres/100km and CO2 emissions are set at 206g/km.
The suspension has been lowered by some 25mm versus the standard Q3 models to improve handling.It is also 25mm longer than the Q3 and weighs in at 1730 kg. There are also cross-drilled, ventilated brakes with 365mm discs and eight-piston callipers.
The Audi RS 7 Sportback is priced at R1 450500 and the RS Q3 at R696 500, including the standard 5-year/100 000km Audi Freeway Plan.