Audi Model Range, Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) 2013
Audi RS models
With their powerful engines, the RS models are the dynamic spearhead in the Audi model range. Presented by AUDI AG subsidiary quattro GmbH, the high-performance vehicles are consistently sporty in character. quattro all-wheel drive is also standard here. The range comprises the RS 4 Avant, the RS 5 as Coupé and Cabriolet, the new RS 6 Avant, RS 7 Sportback and RS Q3 as well as the TT RS as Coupé and Roadster.
Audi RS 4 Avant
The Audi RS 4 Avant combines tremendous power with everyday practicality. Its high-revving, naturally aspirated V8 displaces 4,163 cc and produces 331 kW (450 hp) and 430 Nm (317.15 lb-ft) of torque. The 4.2 FSI accelerates the RS 4 Avant from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 4.7 seconds on its way to a governed top speed of 250 km/h (155.34 mph). This can be increased to 280 km/h (173.98 mph) upon request. Average fuel consumption is just 10.7 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (21.98 US mpg).
The quattro permanent all-wheel drive system uses the crown-gear center differential. Very compact and lightweight, it varies the distribution of power between the front and rear axles immediately, smoothly and over a wide range, with up to 70 percent flowing to the front or as much as 85 percent to the rear. The optional sport differential at the rear axle provides for even more better handling.
A taut RS setup lowers the body by 20 millimeters (0.79 in) compared with the Audi A4 Avant. Standard equipment includes 19-inch, forged aluminum wheels and the Audi drive select dynamics system.
High-end options available for the Audi RS 4 Avant include carbon fiber-ceramic brakes on the front axle and the RS sport suspension with the adaptive damping system Dynamic Ride Control (DRC). This is a purely mechanical system without any lag, whose damping can be switched between three characteristics.
Audi RS 5 Coupé and Audi RS 5 Cabriolet
The 4.2 FSI, a high-revving, naturally aspirated V8, produces 331 kW (450 hp) and 430 Nm (317.15 lb-ft) of torque in the Audi RS 5 Coupé and the Audi RS 5 Cabriolet. The high-performance coupe accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 4.5 seconds. Audi will increase the electronically governed top speed to 280 km/h (173.98 mph) upon request. The 4.2 FSI consumes on average 10.5 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (22.40 US mpg). The corresponding values for the RS 5 Cabriolet with its fully automatic cloth top are 4.9 seconds and 10.7 liters of fuel (21.98 US mpg).
With its high efficiency and tall seventh gear, the seven-speed S tronic also contributes to the fuel efficiency. The quattro permanent all-wheel drive system used here features the crown-gear center differential and torque vectoring. Audi also offers the sport differential for the rear axle upon request.
With both models, the body is 20 millimeters (0.79 in) lower than with the model on which it is based. The electromechanical power steering operates with great efficiency. The design of the 19-inch, forged alloy wheels is specific to the RS models. Audi installs carbon fiber-ceramic brake discs up front upon request.
The Audi drive select dynamics system comes standard. The driver can use it to adjust such things as the optional RS sport suspension with Dynamic Ride Control (DRC).
Audi RS 6 Avant
The new Audi RS 6 Avant, the high-performance sports car for everyday and recreational activities, stands for groundbreaking performance. It is lighter and more efficient than the predecessor version and its performance has improved once more. The RS 6 Avant accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in just 3.9 seconds. If the customer wishes, its top speed can be 305 km/h (189.52 mph).
The 4.0 TFSI produces 412 kW (560 hp) and delivers a constant 700 Nm (516.29 lb-ft) of torque between 1,750 and 5,500 rpm. Yet the twin-turbo V8 consumes just 9.8 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (24.00 US mpg) in the combined cycle, 30 percent less than the previous model. The cylinder on demand (COD) system, which temporarily switches off four cylinders during part-load operation, is a deciding factor in this efficiency.
The power of the eight-cylinder engine is transferred to the quattro permanent all-wheel drive system featuring an advanced center differential via a sport-tuned, eight-speed tiptronic with a tall eighth gear. Torque vectoring, a software solution, complements the work of the quattro drivetrain. Audi also installs a sport differential at the rear axle upon request.
Standard equipment for this new high-performance Avant also includes RS adaptive air suspension. The dynamically tuned air suspension with controlled damping lowers the body by 20 millimeters (0.79 in) and can be adjusted using the Audi drive select system. Audi offers the tauter RS sport suspension plus with Dynamic Ride Control (DRC) as an alternative.
The body of the new Audi RS 6 Avant is made of high-tech steels in many areas and as much as 20 percent aluminum. Thanks to Audi’s lightweight excellence, this new top-of-the-line model weighs nearly 100 kilograms (220.46 lb) less than its predecessor.
Audi RS 7 Sportback
The Audi RS 7 Sportback is dynamics at their most beautiful. The large five-door coupe from Audi combines many strengths to produce a fascinating character. Its strong heart is the 4.0 TFSI, which takes Audi’s downsizing strategy to the high-end category.
The 3.9993-cc, twin-turbo V8 produces prodigious power. Its 412 kW (560 hp) of power is on tap between 5,700 and 6,600 rpm. A constant 750 Nm (553.17 lb-ft) of torque are available between 1,750 and 5,500 rpm. The sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) takes 3.9 seconds. The electronically limited top speed can be raised to 305 km/h (189.52 mph) upon request. Despite this superior performance, the Audi RS 7 Sportback consumes on average just 9.8 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (24.00 US mpg).
The most innovative efficiency technology in the Audi RS 7 Sportback is the cylinder on demand (COD) system. At low to medium loads and engine speeds, it deactivates cylinders 2, 3, 5 and 8 by closing their valves. The engine then runs as a four-cylinder engine until the driver accelerates more strongly again.
Audi RS Q3
The Audi RS Q3 is the first RS model in the successful Q family. It combines high everyday practicality with dynamic performance. The sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) takes just 5.2 seconds, and top speed is 250 km/h (155.34 mph).
This impressive performance comes courtesy of an award-winning, high-performance engine. Beginning in 2010, an international panel of automotive journalists has named the 2.5 TFSI “International Engine of the Year” in its class four years in a row. The turbocharged unit with direct injection delivers 228 kW (310 hp) from a displacement of 2,480 cc; its maximum torque is 420 Nm (309.78 lb-ft) between 1,500 and 5,200 rpm. Both figures are unmatched in the RS Q3's class. A seven-speed S tronic and quattro all-wheel drive, which uses an electronically controlled multi-plate clutch, transfers the power to the axles as needed.
The Audi RS Q3 offers impressively dynamic and stable handling. The RS sport suspension lowers the body of the compact, high-performance SUV by 25 milli-meters (0.98 in). The front brake discs feature a wave design, and 19-inch wheels are standard. Also standard is the Audi drive select dynamics system, which influences the valve control of the exhaust system as well as the characteristic of the accelerator and the electromechanical power steering.
Audi TT RS Coupé and Audi TT RS Roadster
A 2.5-liter, five-cylinder engine with turbocharging is also used in the Audi TT RS. It generates 250 kW (340 hp) and delivers 450 Nm (331.90 lb-ft) of torque to the crankshaft. There is a flap in the left exhaust tailpipe. When the driver pushes the Sport button, the sound-cylinder unit becomes even more intense and the engine’s responsiveness is boosted further.
With the S tronic, the TT RS Coupé accelerates from 0 to 100 km-h (62.14 mph) in 4.3 seconds (manual: 4.6 seconds); the Roadster in 4.4 seconds (manual: 4.7 seconds). quattro GmbH will raise the top speed to 280 km/h (173.98 mph) upon request. The TT RS Coupé with S tronic consumes just 8.5 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (27.67 US mpg); the Roadster uses 8.6 liters per 100 kilometers (27.35 US mpg).
The TT RS boasts top scores for power-to-weight ratio: 4.3 kilograms (9.48 lb) per hp for the Coupé and for the Roadster 4.4 kilograms (9.70 lb) per hp or 4.5 kilograms (9.92 lb) with S tronic. The major factor here are the very lightweight Audi Space Frame (ASF) bodies.
There is a choice of the tightly-spaced six-speed manual transmission and the seven-speed S tronic. The dual-clutch transmission is widely spaced, with its seventh gear designed as an overdrive. The S tronic includes launch control for lightning-fast starts. quattro permanent all-wheel drive is standard.
The Audi TT RS rolls on 18-inch wheels; four-piston calipers and perforated brake discs provide the stopping power up front. The RS sport suspension lowers the vehicle body by 10 millimeters (0.39 in) compared with the TT Coupé, and the Audi magnetic ride adaptive damping system is available as an option.
The Audi TT RS plus Coupé and Audi TT RS plus Roadster
In the plus version, the output of the 2.5 TFSI in the TT RS has been boosted to 265 kW (360 hp) and 465 Nm (342.97 lb-ft) of torque. The Coupé with S tronic accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 4.1 seconds (manual: 4.3 seconds); the Roadster completes the same exercise in 4.2 seconds (manual: 4.4 seconds). Top speed for all versions is restricted to 280 km/h (173.98 mph). The Coupé with S tronic consumes an average of 8.5 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (27.67 US mpg); the Roadster uses 8.6 liters per 100 kilometers (27.35 US mpg).
Besides the increased power mentioned above, the TT RS plus also includes a more generous list of standard equipment featuring particularly sporty items and a special badge with the plus logo on the gear knob.
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.