Thursday August 11th, 2011 17:50 The new breed of Audi RS models

Audi TT RS

Audi have a long, deep seeded, background in rally, ever since the inception of the award winning Quattro. This four wheel drive system brought the brand a lot of credit and respect from motorists and industry peers. The newest range of Audi RS models embodies power and refinement above any rivals in their class. Here is a rundown of the current RS offering from the German manufacturer.

RS 3 – Powerful, yet compact
The RS 3 is the newest model to join the power family and has a big reputation to live up to. It’s up against the BMW 1M, which sports a similar amount of power from its twin turbo 3.0L six cylinder engine. Like the BMW, the RS 3 is thoroughly German from its classy and understated appearance, to the outstanding build quality and interior comfort. The RS3 is powered by a 2.5L 5 cylinder engine that has been both supercharged and turbocharged to produce over 340BHP. The interior is classy and chic, comforting you in realms of smooth black leather, matte aluminium trim and Audi detailing. The 3 spoke flat-bottomed steering wheel is Lamborghini inspired, and the dials give the driver a modern and interesting sight. The new RS 3 certainly lives up to its rally sport heritage.

TT RS – Sleek design and sporting perfection
The TT RS is also fairly new to the range, and blends power with the already loved TT coupe. The TT RS is available in either a 2 door coupe or a cabriolet for those looking for roof-down thrills. The TT RS has a similar engine to that of the RS 3 but has been tweaked meaning it sprints to 62MPH in only 4.6 seconds. This is borderline supercar territory, so other German competitors such as the Mercedes SL and Porsche 911 should be worried as the TT RS comes in with a solid cash saving. The TT has always been an attractive car to look at and this RS model is the icing on the proverbial cake, as it accentuates all the curves and bulges in all the right places. Highly desirable and a great drive, the TT RS will go down as one of the great powerful coupes.

RS 5 – The all-out power house
The Audi A5 only joined us a few years ago but has established itself among rivals from Mercedes, BMW and Jaguar. The RS 5 model blends the executive luxury of the A5 with a 4.2L V8 engine churning out an astonishing 450BHP. This is enough power to take the coupe to 62MPH in under 5 seconds and to a top speed limited to 155MPH. As you would expect from the current flagship model, there is no compromise with quality of the ride and interior cabin. It’s a really pleasant place to be and the exterior styling is subtle yet menacing. The RS 5 has a lot to live up to after the raving success of the old RS 4. This car though truly shows what Audi are capable of when putting together such a powerful coupe.

The RS models all come in with hefty price tags, but they do come up second hand with great savings on the list price. Check out Autoweb for a complete list of Audi and used car stock.

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