By Mike Torpey on 2016-09-29 - Driving Force news editor and responsible for organising our daily output. He was staff motoring editor of the Liverpool Echo for 20 years.
Audi ramps up RS
AUDI has revealed its first ‘three-box' RS model in six years at the 2016 Paris Motor Show.
The all-new RS 3 Saloon received its world premiere - sharing the stage with another show-stopper, the TT RS.
Now booted, and even better suited to covering ground with pace and agility, the new RS 3 boasts the most powerful five-cylinder engine ever to power a series production Audi.
The 400PS, 174mph flyer also makes history as the first saloon in the brand's history to use a transversely mounted configuration for the powerplant, a seven-times winner of an ‘International Engine of the Year' category award.
The new 2.5 TFSI unit delivers a whopping 400PS and 480Nm of pulling power, available at engine speeds between 1,700 and 5,850 revs per minute.
Upshot is the ability to scorch from 0-62 in 4.1 seconds and potential for a top speed of 155mph. Need even more and, on request, Audi will increase the electronically governed limit to 174mph.
With its light-alloy crankcase, the five-cylinder engine is actually 26kg lighter than before and its soundtrack from can be modified via Audi drive select.
Not surprisingly, gear-shifting is lightning-fast shifting, the S tronic seven-speed dual clutch transmission transmitting power to quattro permanent all-wheel drive.
Quattro management is integrated as a standard feature in the Audi drive select dynamic handling set-up, as are the steering, S tronic, engine management and the adjustable exhaust flaps.
And the driver can individually vary the operation of the components between the three modes of comfort, auto and dynamic.
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