The RS models represent the high-performance automobiles of quattro GmbH. quattro all-wheel drive is also standard in these models. The lineup comprises the RS 3 Sportback, the RS Q3 and the RS 6 Avant and RS 7 Sportback models.
Audi RS 3 Sportback
A husky, throaty sound, exhilaratingly free-revving and brawny power – the five-cylinder engines from Audi are legendary. The engine of the new RS 3 Sportback is the multiple award-winning 2.5 TFSI that produces 270 kW (367 hp) and 465 Nm (343.0 lb-ft) of torque. The turbocharged engine accelerates the compact five-door from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 4.3 seconds, and its top speed can be boosted to 280 km/h (174.0 mph) as an option. Its NEDC fuel consumption is just 8.1 liters per 100 km (29.0 US mpg), with CO2 emissions of 189 grams per kilometer (304.2 g/mi). The 2.5-liter engine has been voted “International Engine of the Year” in its class for five consecutive years since 2010.
A seven-speed S tronic, which shifts even faster than in the previous model, transmits the power of the 2.5 TFSI to the quattro permanent all-wheel drive system. The quattro system features torque vectoring based on intelligent software, and it is systematically designed for maximum driving enjoyment. The new Audi RS 3 Sportback steers directly into curves; its power distribution can be varied from balanced/neutral to significantly rear biased, depending on the mode selected in the Audi drive select handling system.
Compared with the Audi A3 Sportback*, the body is 25 millimeters (1.0 in) lower. The pivot bearings of the front axle, progressive steering, RS-specific sport suspension and optional Audi magnetic ride adaptive damper control have been designed specifically for the RS.
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 8.3 – 8.1 (28.3 – 29.0 US mpg);
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 184 – 189 (296.1 – 304.2 g/mi)
(Figures vary depending on wheels/tires)
Audi RS Q3
The Audi RS Q3 is even more dynamic following its redesign at the end of 2014. Its turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine delivers 250 kW (340 hp) and 450 Nm (331.9 lb-ft) of torque. The top model in the series now accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 4.8 seconds on its way to an electronically governed top speed of 250 km/h (155.3 mph). Its combined fuel consumption is 8.4 liters per 100 km (28.0 US mpg) – for a CO2 equivalent of 198 grams per kilometer (318.7 g/mi). An RS exhaust system with a switchable flap adds even more volume to the unmistakable sound of the 2.5 TFSI, the unit which has been voted “Engine of the Year” in its class six consecutive times since 2010 by an international jury of journalists.
The seven-speed S tronic, which transfers torques to the quattro drivetrain via a hydraulic multi-plate clutch, has also been refined for even faster gear changes. The lower gears are closely spaced for sporty response while the seventh gear is long to save fuel. The Audi drive select dynamic handling system is standard. The RS Q3 runs on standard 19-inch wheels or optionally on 20-inch wheels. Audi can also equip the RS sport suspension with optional adaptive dampers.
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 8.6 – 8.4 (27.4 – 28.0 US mpg);
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 203 – 198 (326.7 – 318.7 g/mi)
(Figures vary depending on engine/transmission/wheels/tires)
Audi RS 6 Avant
The new Audi RS 6 Avant, which was redesigned at the end of 2014, is a high-performance sports car for everyday and recreational activities, and it stands for groundbreaking performance. Its 4.0 TFSI produces 412 kW (560 hp) and 700 Nm (516.3 lb-ft) of torque. It accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 3.9 seconds. On request the top speed can be extended up to 305 km/h (189.5 mph).
In the combined cycle, however, the V8 biturbo consumes just 9.6 liters of fuel per 100 km (24.5 US mpg), corresponding to 223 grams CO2 per kilometer (358.9 g/mi).
A key factor in this efficiency is the cylinder-on-demand (COD) system, which can temporarily shut down four cylinders during partial load operation. Active engine bearings compensate for vibrations occurring during these phases.
The power of the eight-cylinder engine is transferred via a sport-tuned, eight-speed tiptronic to the quattro permanent all-wheel drive system, which features a further developed center differential. Audi can also deliver an optional rear sport differential.
Standard equipment of the high-performance Avant, which rides on 20‑inch wheels, includes RS adaptive air suspension. The dynamically tuned air suspension with controlled damping lowers the body by 20 millimeters (0.8 in) and can be adjusted by the Audi drive select system. Audi offers the more tautly tuned RS sport suspension plus with Dynamic Ride Control (DRC) as an alternative. Other options include dynamic steering and carbon fiber-ceramic discs.
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 9.6 (24.5 US mpg);
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 223 (358.9 g/mi)
(Figures vary depending on engine/transmission/wheels/tires)
Audi RS 7 Sportback
The RS7 Sportback represents dynamism in its most powerful form – Audi’s large five-door coupe combines a great many impressive strengths, and it has been on the market in this redesigned version since autumn 2014. Its powerful 4.0 TFSI produced 412 kW (560 hp) and 700 Nm (516.3 lb-ft) of torque. The sprint from zero to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) takes 3.9 seconds. An option raises the electronically limited top speed to 305 km/h (189.5 mph). Despite this supreme level of performance, the Audi RS 7 Sportback has a combined fuel consumption of just 9.5 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (24.8 US mpg) and emits 221 g CO2 per km (355.7 g/mi) – due in part to the cylinder on demand (COD) system.
Power is transmitted via an eight-speed tiptronic and quattro permanent all-wheel drive, which can also be supplemented by a sport differential at the rear axle. The Audi drive select system, 20-inch wheels and RS adaptive air suspension are all standard equipment.
Optional 21-inch wheels, the RS sport suspension plus with Dynamic Ride Control (DRC) and carbon fiber-ceramic brakes are available as alternatives.
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 9.5 (24.8 US mpg);
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 221 (355.7 g/mi)
(Figures vary depending on engine/tran
The equipment, data and prices specified in this document refer to the model range offered in Germany. Subject to change without notice; errors and omissions excepted.