The super saloon and the seething crossover. Audi‘s latest RS-badged performance models have arrived in South Africa. More exciting news if you’re a fast wagon fan: Audi explained that it would be considering the RS6 Avant for the local market. In the meantime, let’s take a look at this monstrous duo.
The RS7 packs a twin-turbocharged V8 punch with 412kW and 700Nm of torque. Its claimed 0-100km/h sprint time is 3.9 seconds and with the Dynamic Package Plus, top speed is pegged at 305km/h. In standard guise top speed is limited to 250km/h. An optional sports exhaust system is on offer. In a bid to cut consumption, the RS7 boasts cylinder shut-off technology.
In typical fast Audi fashion, power is sent to all four wheels, with a 60/40 split. There’s air suspension too. Aluminium hasn’t been spared. Inside it’s business as usual, with a flat-bottomed steering wheel, premium leather and RS badges everywhere. For the privilege of ownership, you’ll pay R1 450 500 and that includes a five-year/100 000-kilometre maintenance plan.
The RS Q3 is tasked with being the first of its kind in Audi’s successful “Q” Series. Here you get a 2.5-litre, five-cylinder mill a la TT-RS. It produces 228kW and 420Nm of torque. Audi says you’ll be able to go from standstill to 100km/h in 5.2 seconds. Power is shifted through a seven-speed S-tronic transmission and of course, it’s sent to all four wheels. It’s lower than a standard Q3, by 25mm and longer by 25mm too.
It’ll set you back R695 500, also inclusive of that five-year/100 000-kilometre maintenance plan. For the price you also get the Multi-Media Interface with navigation, a Bose audio system, xenon lights and all the styling kit you see on the model in the picture.