AUDI RS

Audi Rs 3 Saloon

The Audi S3 saloon mixes blistering pace and superb quality with understated looksThe Audi S3 has been the high-performance flagship of the A3 range since its launch in 1999, but this is the first time it’s been made available as a saloon.

Based on the standard A3 Saloon and boasting the same 296bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged engine and electronically controlled four-wheel-drive system as the S3 hatchbach, Sportback and Convertible models.

The Audi S3 saloon aims to mix grown-up appeal, decent economy levels, (it achieves 26.2mpg) and compact executive class with blistering performance and agile handling. It achieves this and in doing so, it's one of the finest cars in the Audi range.

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Audi Rs 3 Sportback

Audi's S models have always offered discreet performance, and the Audi S3 is a perfect demonstration of the breed. While it packs a turbocharged punch and has tremendous quattro 4WD grip, its understated looks and grown-up driving manners mean it flies under the radar when compared to some wild looking rivals.

The restrained looks are matched by a rather restrained driving experience. Keen drivers may be disappointed by the slightly clinical way the Audi S3 delivers its performance, but as rapid and refined transport the S3 takes some beating.

It’s a potent, high-quality alternative to the many other hot hatches on the market. And although it’s not quite on a par with the best-handling cars available, it's still pretty fun, with styling that’s not exciting enough for some tastes, the S3 is still a force to be reckoned with.

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Audi Rs 4 Avant

The fourth generation RS 4 replaces V8 with turbocharged V6, but its all-weather pace and ability are better than ever

While the Audi RS 5 isn't the most exciting sporting coupe around, the estate-only Audi RS 4 Avant makes a much better case for itself. It manages to combine serious straight-line performance with unrivalled all-weather, cross-country ability, thanks to its quattro 4WD system. It handles better than the previous RS 4, too, although it lacks the fun factor of its main rival, the Mercedes-AMG C 63 Estate.

The RS 4 Avant makes up for this slight lack of sparkle by being easier to live with than almost any rival, with impressive refinement and a ride that’s barely any less comfortable than the standard A4 Avant. Combine that with one of the best interiors in the business, a usefully large boot and even decent fuel economy, considering the performance on offer, and you’ve got a car with a real Jekyll and Hyde personality.

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Audi Rs 4 Avant Special Edition

While the Audi RS 5 isn't the most exciting sporting coupe around, the estate-only Audi RS 4 Avant makes a much better case for itself. It manages to combine serious straight-line performance with unrivalled all-weather, cross-country ability, thanks to its quattro 4WD system. It handles better than the previous RS 4, too, although it lacks the fun factor of its main rival, the Mercedes-AMG C 63 Estate.

The RS 4 Avant makes up for this slight lack of sparkle by being easier to live with than almost any rival, with impressive refinement and a ride that’s barely any less comfortable than the standard A4 Avant. Combine that with one of the best interiors in the business, a usefully large boot and even decent fuel economy, considering the performance on offer, and you’ve got a car with a real Jekyll and Hyde personality.

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Audi Rs 5 Coupe Special Edition

The Audi RS5 is an incredibly fast and comfortable coupe, but it’s not as fun as some rivals

The Audi RS5 is incredibly fast in a straight line, sticks like little else in the corners and yet it’s a refined, comfortable and easy car to live with at the same time. However, buyers can get 90 per cent of that feeling from a slightly less powerful car in the A5 range, such as the S5 or one of the big V6 diesels.

This top-end model just isn’t as sharp as high-performance rivals from BMW or Mercedes, either. It’s also missing a crucial ingredient that made previous models fun - a great engine. The new model’s V6 certainly packs a punch, but it's just too ordinary in its power delivery to make an impact.

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Audi Rs 5 Sportback

Audi has established the RS badge as the name of its performance models, and the RS 5 is a mainstay of the range. RS cars benefit from input from Audi Sport, the company's motorsport division, and the RS badge carries as much weight with performance car fans as the M badge from BMW and Mercedes' AMG brand.

The RS 5 is the fastest version of the A5 on sale, and it comes in two-door Coupe and five-door Sportback body styles. It slots in above the S5 models, and features the same running gear as the high-performance RS 4 Avant estate. That means it gets a 2.9 TFSI 450PS twin-turbo V6 under the bonnet, quattro four-wheel drive and an eight-speed Tiptronic automatic gearbox as standard.

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Audi Rs 5 Sportback Special Edition

The main rivals for the RS 5 are the BMW M3/M4 and the Mercedes-AMG C 63. Like the RS 5 and RS 4 Avant, the M3 and M4 share the same running gear, so you have the choice of four-door saloon or two-door coupe or convertible body styles. And with the C 63, there's saloon, coupe, estate and convertible body styles, as well as the option to upgrade to the more powerful C 63S version.

Another model that's in a similar vein to the Audi RS 5 is the Lexus RC F, while the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is a four-door saloon that offers performance in the same ballpark. What all these cars have in common, and marks them out from the RS 5, is that they are all rear-wheel drive. Unfortunately for the Audi, that means most of them are more engaging to drive, although the RS 5 does make up for this with fantastic all-weather driving ability.

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Audi Tt Rs Coupe TT RS TFSI Quattro 2dr S Tronic

For fast Audi fans, things don’t get much better than the awesomely potent 395bhp TT RS
The flagship Audi TT has a tough battle against rivals such as the BMW M2 and Porsche 718 Cayman, but it puts up a jolly good fight. With mighty performance from its 2.5-litre five-cylinder engine, and the all-weather reassurance of quattro four-wheel drive, it’s the sort of car that anyone can drive fast and feel like a hero. You’ll look like one too, as the TT RS super stylish, while the interior design, quality and ambience has the measure of more exotic machines costing twice the price. It may not be quite as fun as a Porsche or BMW at speed, but it could easily be faster point-to-point.

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Audi Tt Roadster Special Editions

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