Should Audi Rethink How They Position Their RS Models and Follow the Porsche Philosophy?

RS modelsPorsche and Audi offer RS models. Both companies are under the Volkswagen umbrella. They both have a long and distinguished motorsports history. But the top-shelf RS models from each brand take drastically different approaches. The Audi RS models are extremely quick and powerful. They are wonderful cars that many people aspire to own. We love them here at Audi World. But RS means racing sport. RACING. Look at the Porsche RS models. The GT4 RS and the 911 GT3 RS. These are essentially race cars. The 911 GT3 RS has a drag reduction system borrowed from F1 for Pete’s sake. These cars are raw and wonderful and probably a bit too extreme to work as daily drivers.

The Audi RS models are different. First of all, there are a lot of them. RS 3, RS 5, RS 6, RS 7, RS e-tron GT, and RS Q8. They are powerful and quick, but none of these can be considered hardcore track weapons. Audi is not Porsche. They have different missions, and price points. But they do have a lot in common. And should Audi borrow the Porsche philosophy when it comes to producing RS models? Perhaps. You can’t argue with the market. Look at the prices of any Porsche RS in history. They are depreciation proof. And in fact, are typically worth well more years later than when they were new. The Audi RS models are desirable but don’t have that kind of market. I was offered an allocation on a new 911 GT3 RS, for $200,000 OVER sticker. No Audi commands that.

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Insane RS 7, Audi TT Turns 25, RS 3 vs Huracan STO & More! | AudiWorld Driven

Audi TTAudiWorld Driven series. Once again, we rounded up the hottest Audi news, reviews, videos, and AudiWorld forum discussions from the past week just for you. This week incudes a look back at the game changing Audi TT that turns 25-years old this year. Speaking of milestones, how about a 1973 Audi 100 that has been with the same owner since new? It is up for sale right now. The folks over a Consumer Reports do not think too highly of the Audi Q5. And Audi may have just revealed what EV charging will be like in the future. There is a lot to cover this week so let’s jump in with all four wheels.

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Must Watch Video: Custom Audi RS 7 is a Matte Black Masterpiece

The Audi RS 7 is a great looking car. And this is the best-looking RS 7 you will ever see. And with the Akrapovic exhaust, it is the best-sounding as well. We know your time is precious and in the digital world of today there are a million things competing for your attention. But trust us, set aside eight minutes and thirty-nine seconds, and watch this video.

Forum Thread of the Week: Consumer Reports Ranks Q5 Nearly Dead Last

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Must Watch Video: Lamborghini Supercar Struggles to Stay Ahead of RS 3

The Audi RS 3 is a terrific machine. And this video is just the latest proof. This time the mighty RS 3 is up against a fire breathing Lamborghini Huracan STO. The Lambo is not just a little bit more expensive than the Audi. It is not double the price. It is not triple the price. That Huracan STO is more than five times more expensive than the RS 3. It is a two-seat full bore supercar. Against a tiny Audi performance sedan? Well, look away Lambo fans. Yes, at the end of the day the expensive Italian put down a quicker lap time. But it was less than 1 second faster than the Audi. And you can complain about different tires and drivers and other factors making a difference. But the RS 3 hung right in there, and it punches far above its weight class.

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Audi RS 6 Avant and RS7 get performance Trim for 2024

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The new performance versions of Audi’s RS 6 Avant and RS 7 follow a familiar formula — more power, less weight.

Few folks are going to accuse Audi’s RS 6 Avant and RS 7 of being underpowered. But as the old saying goes, there’s no kill like overkill. So for the 2024 model year, Ingolstadt is sharpening up its lovely longroof and sexy Sportback with new performance versions. First, there’s more power on tap. In each model, the twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 has been stoked to 621 horsepower and 627 lb-ft of twist, which is up 30 ponies over the standard models. Audi says the additional poke shaves 2/10ths off the zero-to-62 sprint.

An eight-speed gearbox is still on the menu, but it’s been tweaked for faster shifting, and it now pumps power to a new self-locking center differential. In standard conditions, the mechanical diff has a slight rear bias, with 60 percent of power going to the back tires and 40 percent to the front. If the system detects slippage, however, it can flip the script, and send 70 percent to the front, and 85 percent to the back. To improve steering feel, the new unit is both lighter and smaller than the standard model’s.

Plus, the new performance versions also come with Audi’s RS Dynamic Package as standard. That means four-wheel steering and a quattro sport differential are included, and the top speed has been raised to 180 mph. Drivers looking for even more top end can opt for the RS Dynamics Package plus, which bumps max velocity to 190 mph. This upgrade also adds ceramic brakes to the mix, and along with fade-free stopping power, they’re a whopping 75 pounds lighter than their steel counterparts. For visual pop, the calipers can be finished in gray, red, or blue.

Of course, there have been some visual tweaks too. In comparison to standard models, the mirrors, front spoiler, front side flaps, side sill inserts, roof rails, window trim, and rear diffuser are finished in matte gray. An available optics package swaps the matte gray roof rails and window trim for black versions, and Audi’s famous Four Rings logo can be rendered in either chrome or black. Metallic and matte Ascari Blue and matte Dew Silver are new additions to the exterior finish options, which makes for a total of 16 choices.

Additionally, the cabins of the RS 6 Avant and RS 7 performance models get some unique options. Along with the standard RS red and gray, buyers can also opt for Mercato blue accents on the floor mats, center console, and gear selector. This option also comes with blue seat belts and like the gray and red packages, the color will also be used behind the perforation on the seats, to give the interior a cohesive feel. Look for the performance trims to arrive in American Audi showrooms sometime next year.

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