Five-cylinder turbo puts the push into Audi’s new hot one
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.
GROUND HUGGER: The RS3 has a lowered chassis.