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Audi adds to its RS line-up.

Byline: MIKE TORPEY newsdesk@walesonline.co.uk

AUDI is ramping up its RS performance range with the arrival of a new RS Q3 compact crossover and RS 7 Sportback executive model.

It means that from early next year the German manufacturer's RS lineup will comprise eight models in six body styles.

The new RS Q3 - the first Audi sports utility vehicle to wear the RS badge - will cost PS43,000 while the RS 7 Sportback is priced at PS83,495.

The former is powered by a 2.5-litre TFSI petrol engine linked exclusively to a seven-speed S tronic twinclutch transmission.

Producing 310PS , it gives a distinctive five-cylinder rasp in powering the crossover from 0-62mph in 5.5 seconds and on to a top speed electronically limited to 155mph.

A Start-Stop-System and a regulated oil pump that only supplies lubricant when needed contribute to fuel economy that sets a new precedent for an RS model - up to 32.1mpg.

Audi drive select system, which offers auto, comfort and dynamic modes, is standard along with quattro permanent all-wheel drive and there are 20-inch alloy wheels.

RS-specific body details include a high-gloss black honeycomb front grille and RS bumpers, a special front treatment including a quattro emblem in the air intake and a rear diffuser insert flanked by elliptical tailpipes. A roof spoiler, roof rails in matt aluminium and special door sill plates are also included.

In the case of the RS 7 Sportback, pictured right, Audi is using the 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 from the fiery RS 6 Avant to give the newcomer a 0-62mph acceleration potential of 3.9 seconds and a governed top speed of 155mph.

Thanks partly to an engine startstop system and thermal management technology, but primarily to the new engine's cylinder on demand set-up, it can manage a combined 28.8mpg.

The powerplant is paired with an eight-speed tiptronic transmission offering Sport and Manual modes in addition to the standard Drive setting and includes paddles on the steering wheel for manual shifts or the RSspecific selector lever.

Inside, RS logos appear in the dials with their white faces and red needles, on the flat-bottomed threespoke multifunction steering wheel and are punched into the front RS sports seats with honeycomb-quilted leather upholstery.

The RS 7 also features standard kit like adaptive cruise control, night vision, a Bang & Olufsen advanced 15-speaker sound system with 1,200 watts of power and mobile phone preparation bringing web-based services to the car.
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Sep 13, 2013
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