of each model of Audi, the version RS represents the ultimate expression of sportsmanship. The brand’s RS tradition began in 1994, with the market launch of the Audi RS 2 Avant. A model with which the brand with the four rings created a new segment, conceiving the first high-performance vehicle with five seats and a large boot capacity.
Since then, Audi’s sportiest models have benefited from the experience gained in competition, whether in the World Rally Championship, the DTM, Le Mans, the Formula E or the dakar rally, where Audi has participated for the first time this year with the innovative prototype RS Qe tron.
Currently, the RS family consists of 14 different bodies:
- Audi RS3 Sedan and Sportback
- Audi RS Q3 and RS Q3 Sportback
- Audi RS 4 Avant
- Audi RS 5 Coupe and RS 5 Sportback
- Audi RS 6 Avant
- Audi RS 7 Sportback
- Audi RS Q8
- Audi TT RS Coupe
- Audi R8 and R8 Spyder
- Audi RS e-tron GT
For 2024, more than half of the RS model range will feature total or partial electrification, with the aim of reaching the 80% in 2026. They are included from MHEV light hybridization up models 100% electric, going through the PHEV plug-in hybrids.
The RS Mechanics
The 2.5 TFSI engine mounts on the Audi RS Q3 and RS Q3 Sportback, as well as in the Audi TT RS Coupe. In the five-cylinder it develops a power of 400 hp and a maximum torque of 480 Nm, while in the Audi RS3 Sedan and RS3 Sportback the maximum torque increases to 500 Nm. Associated with a gearbox S-tronic dual clutch with 7 speeds.
The V6 2.9 TFSI twin-turbo engine, who use the Audi RS 4 Avant and the Audi RS5 Coupe Y RS 5 Sportback follows the philosophy of the 2.7-litre V6 of the first Audi RS4 Avant, presented in 1994. The power of this block of six cylinders in V amounts to 450 hp, with a maximum torque of 600 Nm.
On the other hand, the V8 4.0 TFSI biturbo engine installed under the hood of the Audi RS 6 Avant, RS 7 Sportback and RS Q8, with a power of 600 hp and a maximum torque of 800 Nm. It features micro-hybrid technology based on a 48-volt main electrical system, which helps reduce fuel consumption by up to 0.8 l/100 km. It is attached to a box tiptronic eight-speed, with optimized shift times and function launch control.
The V10 FSI naturally aspirated engine first appeared in the Audi r8 in early 2019, with a displacement of 5.2 liters, direct injection and a maximum power of 525 hp. After the last update made in 2018, in the current Audi R8 and R8 Spyder reaches a maximum power of 570 hp and 550 Nm of torque on performance RWD versions, and 620 hp in the performance quattro.
It is therefore the most powerful combustion engine in a production model of the brand with the four rings. In the superior version, the specific power reaches 119.1 hp per liter cylinder capacity In both engine variants of the R8, the power is transmitted through a gearbox S-tronic 7 speed.
The first electric Audi RS
The first model of the RS family with 100% electric propulsion, the Audi RS e-tron GT, offers a total power of 440 kW (598 hp), with a maximum torque of 830 Nm. In Boost mode, the combined power of its two motors increases momentarily to 475 kW (646 hp).
The electric motors are powered by a lithium ion battery. 85 kWh of net capacity (93 kWh of gross capacity). And the high-voltage system with 800 volts allows you charge 80% in just 22 minutesas well as having a autonomy of between 451 and 472 kilometers.
Audi has presented its RS range at the Navarre Circuit. Of the four models driven (RS 7 Sportback, RS Q3 Sportback, RS 4 Avant and TT RS), the best impression is made by the 4 Avant, for its overall balance and the TT for its maximum dynamism.
The weight of the RS 7 and the SUV body of the Q3 are not very suitable for a twisty Circuit, but they demonstrated some of their virtues. In the case of the RS 7, the incredible strength of its thrust. And the Q3 made it clear that an SUV can be as dynamic or more than a good sports tourer.