Five-cylin­der turbo puts the push into Audi’s new hot one

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Audi RS3 with S-tronic twin clutch au­to­matic trans­mis­sion and quat­tro all-wheel drive sys­tem. APRIL is the de­liv­ery date for Audi’s lat­est ul­tra fast model, the RS3. It is the first time the Golf-sized hatch­back has had the RS treat­ment, sort of a GTI with knobs on.

It is based on the five-door Sport­back. The clout comes from the 335bhp five cylin­der 2-litre turbo al­ready used by the TT RS.

The trans­mis­sion is S-tronic twin clutch au­to­matic and the renowned quat­tro all-wheeldrive sys­tem, now in its 30th year.

Of in­ter­est to the clien­tele of the Camshaft Arms: the 0-62mph time is 4.6 sec­onds, the max is gov­erned to 155mph and of­fi­cially it av­er­ages 31mpg and 212g/km of CO2.

De­tails for the denizens of the Small­bore Bar in­clude the pre­dictable low­ered chas­sis, al­loy 19s, larger brakes, plus weight sav­ing from graphite in the en­gine block and car­bon- fi­bre rich plas­tic front wings. Price: £39,900.

This year could have been a record for Audi in the UK. The Ger­man maker ex­pects to end the year with sales of more than 100,000, close to the record of 100,845 in 2008. It makes the UK Audi’s largest ex­port mar­ket, a few thou­sand sales ahead of the US.

“I’m dis­ap­pointed that we have had sup­ply short­ages this year, but that will ease in 2011,” said Audi UK di­rec­tor Jeremy Hicks, speak­ing at the launch of the new A7 Sport­back.

Audi will be able to build more cars in China which will free up pro­duc­tion in Europe to meet de­mand, in­clud­ing the UK where the com­pany has an or­der bank of more than 25,000 ve­hi­cles at any one time.

With the A1 su­per­hatch adding a pre­dicted 18,000 sales next year as well as the all-new A6 and A7 Sport­back, 2011 could be a record sales year for the com­pany.

The all-new A6 is un­veiled at the Detroit mo­tor show in early Jan­uary and due here soon af­ter­wards. The A7 bridges the gap be­tween A6 and A8.

De­liv­er­ies are sched­uled to start from Jan­uary 8 with onthe-road prices rang­ing from £45,220 for the 2.8FSI in SE trim to £49,790 for the 3.0TDI S line.

Audi sees the A7’s main com­peti­tors as the BMW 5 Se­ries GT and MercedesBenz CLS and claims that its new­comer out­per­forms both those in all key ar­eas in­clud­ing econ­omy and emis­sions.

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GROUND HUG­GER: The RS3 has a low­ered chas­sis.

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