• Sep 25, 2010
Audi's lineup is expanding so quickly you'd think its cars were spawning new models by mitosis. In a few days at the Paris Motor Show we'll be seeing the newest hot addition to the A1 range: the 185-horsepower 1.4 TSFI with thrust provided by a twin-charged four cylinder. That's not the S1, it just has the S-Line package thrown on for racy looks. Next year, the S1 itself will step forward, with the Golf GTI's turbocharged 220-hp engine sitting up front. It is a sure bet to shave serious time off the TSFI's 6.9-second run from zero to 62 miles per hour.

After that comes the Audi RS3, using the same 340-hp, five-cylinder turbo from the TT RS. Sub five-second runs to 62 mph are in the offing, and its 250 kph (155 mph) top speed can be raised to 280 kph (174 mph) for a nominal fee. Then, at the Frankfurt Auto Show in the fall, the RS7 Sportback takes a bow. Powering the four-door fastback will be the 4.0-liter, 550-hp twin-turbo V8 that'll be shared with the 2011 Bentley Continental GT. That would put it about 100 horses clear of the rumored output in the S7 we should see next week in Paris, and the V8 is said to be 20 percent more fuel efficient than the 5.0-liter V10 in the RS6.


[Source: Auto Bild via German Car Blog]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I'll sign up for an RS3 - as long as using the "RS" designator doesn't move the price into the 40s!
      • 4 Years Ago
      It WOULD be exciting news IF we in the US were actually GETTING the A1 S-Line or the A1 at all.
      • 4 Years Ago
      and none of them are coming to the US
      • 4 Years Ago
      My bad :( Another try:
      RS6 now has V10 5.0, not 5.2 !!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        oops read your comment wrong
        the c6 rs6 has a 5.0 v10 tt and the s6 has a 5.2 n/a v10 (both based of the v10 in the gallardo)
        the c5 rs6 and s6 had a 4.2l v8 in both, twin turbo'd in the rs6
        • 4 Years Ago
        you are correct, the rs6 has the 5.0TT where as the s6 has the 5.2. they must have got the displacements confused.


        i think they changed the article to say 5.0 in the rs6
      • 4 Years Ago
      RS3 would be awesome here in the States. I'd replace my R32 in a heartbeat for that magical 5-cylinder. A practical Hatchback with 350PS, I am ready to sign.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What in the current Audi lineup has the power and performance of the 11' Mustang GT for the US?
        • 4 Years Ago
        what audi customer cares? yeah, pure paper numbers, totally what sells BMWs, Audis, and Mercedes models
        • 4 Years Ago
        mustang is gross who cares
        • 4 Years Ago
        I like the Audi line up, the BMW line up and the Mustang? I loved modding and fixing up my 335i, my Mustang for track use and I would love to own a Audi someday that has sme power. I came very close to getting the RS4 when I bought my BMW. There are many who cross shop brands...
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Audi R8 V10.

        Hey, you said power and performance, not price, presence, and practicality. :-)

      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow! I'll take one of each!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Especially the RS7. Can't wait to see an camparo between that and an eventual BMW Grand Coupe "M". Exciting times for sport luxury sedans!
      • 4 Years Ago
      that's really cool, but where is our RS4???
      • 4 Years Ago
      Audi needs to take that RS3 to WRC....
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'd buy one, long as its not too overpriced
      • 4 Years Ago
      the Golf GTI has a twin turbo????
        • 4 Years Ago
        Chip, exhaust (cat back) + air intake should be good for way more! Those 2.0 T's and before that the 1.8 T's respond super well. Revo and APR (among others) have some good kit.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It doesnt. shocking mistake from an Auto journo. It also doesnt have 220HP (it's 197-200HP).

        Wonder how much the RS3 will cost, looks delicious but I guess it's going to be in the stratospheric price range (45+K) where there will be better performance options.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Every option on my A3 put the sticker at $35k so $45k sounds right for the RS3 version.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ IowaSuby:

        Don't forget, there's an S3 to slot in between there as well. I don't think you'll see the RS3 priced anywhere close to $45k unfortunately. That would be a fair price, but look at the S4 and RS4 as comparison.

        Looking at the previous-gen A4(since there is no RS4 for the B8 yet), the A4 can run up over $40k pretty easily with enough options. The S4 started at about $48k and then the RS4 started at about $65k.

        Sad to say, but the RS3 is probably going to be over $50k when it gets here. Especially since it will be a limited edition run.




        • 4 Years Ago
        the 2010 GTI has 210hp
        so 220 shouldn't be that much harder to increase with an exhaust or something.
      • 4 Years Ago
      From that angle the Audi looks like an oversized Fiat 500.
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