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    2014 TT Gen 3 2.0 TFSI Special K #Audi-TT-K-Custom has created an alternative to the Gen 3 TTS, this ultra-low, 2.0 TFSI… Words Davy Lewis. Photography Jape Tiitinen. MK3 TT 2.0 TFSI with 330hp.

    When it comes to Gen 3 Audi TTs, it’s the S and RS models that tend to get the lion’s share of attention. Which is understandable. The S makes a very healthy 306bhp, and the recently launched RS is a 395bhp powerhouse. But it’s fair to say that these two cool coupes command a premium price, too. You’ll need over £30k to bag a used S and over £53k for a new RS – and that’s before you begin ticking those must-have optional extras. But there is another solution... the TFSI model.

    This lower-spec #Audi-TT-K-Custom-8S comes with a perky 2.0 turbo, which makes a useful 226bhp. In S-line trim, it looks the part, with subtle body additions, nice alloys and spec’d up interior including sports seats. Best of all, used TFSI TTs start from around, £22k, so they’re far more accessible than the S and RS versions. What’s more, you can take power up to around 330bhp (more than a stock TTS) with some relatively simple tuning work.

    For Nicolas Konhäuser, the 2.0 #TFSI TT made perfect sense. As a seasoned car builder and CEO of K-Custom Tuning in Germany, he wanted something that he could play around with to demonstrate the potential of these non-S/RS models.

    Upon taking delivery of the brand-spanking-new Audi, Nicolas got it straight into the workshop. The plan was to create the first ultra-low Gen 2 TT, but without using air-ride. Perhaps not the most practical thing to attempt, but then this was an exercise in extremes, to show how far things can be pushed, which would in turn get the car and K-Custom Tuning noticed. I’m not for one minute suggesting that lowering your Audi to this level is advisable (certainly not with the roads and speed humps in the UK), but you don’t have to go to this level. And this TT can be raised up in the workshop, when not in ultra-low show mode. For example, you could achieve a more performance oriented set up that still offers a good balance of looks and handling instead.

    For the exterior, Nicolas wanted something that would set this Gen 3 TT apart from the rest. As ever, this involves treading the fine line between something that complements Audi’s original design, and getting it very wrong with tasteless additions. For Nicolas, the lines of the TT looked perfect from the factory, so he has merely added some carbon fibre goodies.

    We’re not just talking splitter or door mirrors though (however the mirrors are carbon, of course). No, he’s fitted a full carbon front bumper and wings. These bespoke items really do the trick of making the TT stand out, and they also save a fair amount of weight, which is a bonus. The bumper has been wrapped, around the lower intakes, but left in bare carbon elsewhere, which links in neatly to the wings. The exterior is finished off with a green wrap and an ABT rear wing.

    Inside things are nicely equipped already. It was ordered with the fantastic Audi virtual cockpit and sports seats with diamond-stitched Alcantara centres. Nicolas has fitted a rear roll cage, which lends the cool coupe a certain motorsport air. And that’s it.

    Although this TT certainly stands out for its looks, it isn’t merely an exercise in style over substance. Under the bonnet, the 2.0 turbo lump has been fitted with an HG Motorsport downpipe, performance exhaust and a carbon fibre intake. With new software, it makes around 330bhp, which is more than a stock TTS. The next stage would be a hybrid turbo, which would see power jump to over 400bhp, and take performance into TT RS territory. But, for now, 330bhp is just fine.

    In line with the newly found grunt, Nicolas has wisely upgraded the brakes. The eight-pot calipers came off an R8 and grip 365mm discs, so they’re designed for stopping a heavier faster car. Should stand the TT on its nose, then.

    And that’s about it. A Gen 2 TT that has the looks and power to punch well above its weight.

    TECHNICAL DATA SPECIFICATION #Audi-TT-2.0TFSI / #2014 / #Audi-TT / #Audi / #Audi-TT-tuned / #Audi-TT /
    Audi / #Audi-TT-8S / #Audi-TT-HG-Motorsport-8S / #Audi-TT-HG-Motorsport / #H&R / #Audi-TT-2.0TFSI-8S / #MB-Design

    Engine 2.0 TFSI, #HG-Motorsport downpipe, performance exhaust system, carbon fibre air intake, re-map
    Power 330bhp
    Transmission 7-speed S-tronic
    Brakes Audi R8 8-pot calipers with 365mm discs up front, VW Passat R36 calipers with 360mm discs rear
    Suspension K-Custom #H&R-DEEP coilover suspension, 150mm with camber plates
    Wheels & Tyres 9x20in ET42 #MB-Design-LV2.3 deep concave 3-piece wheels, 225/30R20 Hankook S1 EVO tyres
    Interior #Heigo-Clubsport roll bar
    Exterior Carbon fibre front bumper, carbon fibre front wings, carbon #ABT rear spoiler
    Tuning contacts #How-Deep , #K-Custom , HG Motorsport

    Below: Hard to believe this isn’t on air-ride... Right: 2.0 TFSI now makes 330bhp. Left: Alcantara seats and half-cage. Below: Carbon fibre wings and bumper. Top: Rear end is seriously smooth....

    “The next stage will be a hybrid turbo...”
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    Phantom Menace RS7 QS Tuning’s 675hp monster. This all-black RS7 is packing MTM upgrades and a solid 675hp and 860Nm – we went for a blast around the Sussex countryside to find out more…

    I’ll let you into a little secret… I’m a sucker for black cars. Over the years I’ve had five of them and I’m pretty sure that my next Audi will also be of a dark hue. There’s something about black cars that just looks so right. They give off a faint whiff of menace, which is often amplified by Audi’s recent talent for designing aggressive looking front ends. But when it comes to all out evil looks, then I think I’ve found the perfect contender.

    QS Tuning’s RS7 #Sportback looks mean as hell. Finished in glorious Phantom black, it oozes street presence and latent aggression. But this is no factory special. Lots of small changes have been made to create this all-black monster – including, of course, some rather lively power gains.

    The car is #QST head honcho, Kim Collins’, current daily driver, and as such had to tick all the boxes. That meant be rapid and comfortable, but still capable of delivering excitement. Having sold his supercharged RS5 and a tuned RS3 8V, both of which delivered plenty of thrills, the RS7 had much to live up to.

    But let’s start with the looks first of all.

    The front of any RS7 is pretty angry looking – all wide vents and gaping RS grille with those lovely angular headlights. QS Tuning have taken this further by fitting black Audi rings and painting the grille surround in gloss black. The front number plate has been removed, too (if the local constabulary are reading, it fell off, and is in the boot).

    Continuing the black-on-black theme, the window surrounds have also been done in gloss, and the windows have been tinted. To the rear, the Audi badge has been removed, leaving only the RS logo. There’s a set of rather tasty looking carbon fibre mirror caps, too.

    The paintwork has been treated to a full Gtechniq ceramic paint treatment. The idea is that it provides a barrier between your paintwork and all of the nasties that are attracted to it – stuff that really harms it such as tar, road salt and brake dust. The initial deep-clean and then application process took QST’s Alex, four days in total, but it’s given the Phantom black RS7 a deep, glossy shine that really pings when sun catches it. Best of all, as long as the correct cleaning regime is followed (including using the recommended products), all it takes is a blast with the snow foam, followed by a power rinse to get rid of any dirt and grime that’s accumulated. Then it’s just a quick dry off with a quality microfiber cloth, and it’ll be good as new. You can even do the wheels too.
    And so to the wheels…

    As an official distributor for Vossen in the UK, QS Tuning had access to an enviable range of wheels. They plumped for the rather delicious, ten-spoke items, finished in gunmetal. The 9.5x21in alloys look like they were made to slot under the RS7’s muscular haunches. With the MTM #F-Cantronic lowering module fitted, the ride height is best described as bang on the money, with just a whisker twixt arch and tyre. However, there is no catching or rubbing to spoil the show.

    Inside it’s your typical RS7 cabin, decked out in honeycomb-stitched leather, carbon inlays and a tactile, flat-bottom wheel. The heated seats are especially welcome during the freezing cold photoshoot.

    So there we have it – some carefully chosen upgrades have transformed an already aggressive looking RS7 into an absolute beast of a car. But wait – what about the engine? I hear you cry. Good point, glad you reminded me – because this thing is bloody savage!

    With the MTM M-Cantronic system boosting power to 675hp and torque to 860Nm, this RS7 is rapid – and they’re not exactly slow from the factory. Squeeze the throttle – in any gear – and your greeted by instant power. A mere flick of your right ankle and before you know it you’re doing some pretty illegal speeds. With Dynamic Drive mode engaged, the RS7 hunkers down and sharpens its responses, like a leopard waiting to pounce. Once you unleash the full force of that 675hp, you need to be ready, because it puts on speed with rabid enthusiasm.

    As we make spirited progress along the Sussex countryside, the woofle of the V8 becomes a howl as the revs rise, accompanied by a crescendo of delicious pops and crackles from the exhaust. As you back off the throttle, the crackles really are grin inducing and sound even better when you pass by buildings. In a tunnel, I imagine you may well have an accident in your designer jeans.

    The exhaust is a Milltek cat back and it really does make the most of the 4.0 TFSI’s potential. Even though it’s only about two-degrees outside, we have the windows down and sunroof open to listen to that Milltek crackling away. But it’s never drony or intrusive – it merely wakes up when you want it to – perfect.

    I recently spent a week with an RS7 Performance and was deeply impressed with it. However, with the optional extras, that car cost a whopping £105,000. If you wanted something similar, for a lot less, you could pick up a used RS7 from around £50k, and with another £10k spent on upgrades, end up with something not only faster, but better looking, too. QS Tuning have done just that and in so doing created what is arguably one of the best daily drivers you can imagine. That and the fact it looks so damned cool, makes it my current favourite feature car.

    TECHNICAL DATA SPECIFICATION / RS7 675hp #QST / monster #Audi-RS7-Sportback / #Audi-RS7 / #Audi-A7 / #Audi / #Audi-RS7-Sportback-QST / #Audi-RS7-QST / #Audi-R7-Sportback-QST / #Audi-A7-Type-4G / #Audi-S7-Sportback / #Audi-RS7-Type-4G / #Audi-Type-4G / #Audi-RS7-Sportback-QST-Type-4G / #Vossen-VFS / #Vossen / #MTM / #QS-Tuning / #Audi-RS7-Sportback-QS-Tuning /

    Engine 4.0 #TFSI #V8 , #MTM-M-Cantronic module, #Milltek cat back exhaust system
    Power 675hp and 860Nm
    Transmission 7-speed tiptronic
    Brakes Stock RS7
    Suspension #F-Cantronic lowering module
    Wheels 9.5x21in #Vossen-VFS/1
    Interior Full RS honeycomb leather, carbon inlays
    Exterior Grille surround and window surrounds painted black, black front badge, rear badge removed, shortened rear number plate, front plat removed, carbon mirror caps, QST logos, full Gtechniq paint protection system
    Contacts QS-Tuning
    Left: 21in Vossens. Below: Nice cut down reg plate. Above: Paintwork prep took four days. Below: Carbon Mirrors.

    Above: Looks so mean without a plate. Below: Interior awash with leather and carbon. Top: QST’s Alex has his game face on...

    “In a tunnel, I imagine you may well have an accident in your designer jeans”
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    Five star. This ballistic B5 is packing 500bhp so has the go to back up all that show… Words Davy Lewis Photography AJ Walker. AUDI RS4 500hp B5.

    There’s something about an original that gets under your skin. The first version of something – whether it’s a trainer, a film or a car is somehow special. It’s odd when you think about it, as quite often, the first version of something isn’t quite right. It’s not until it’s refreshed and V2 is releases that everything comes together. This may be true of smart phones, TVs and other tech gadgets, but with cars? I’m not so sure.

    On the one hand, you can’t deny that each time Audi releases a new version of a well-loved model, it will be bristling with technology. It’ll be more powerful, more reliable and generally better all round. Yet many of us still hanker after the original. Nowhere is this more so than with the RS4.

    The original B5 was released in 2000 and immediately made a statement. Here was a 375bhp, four-wheel drive estate car that could outflank a Porsche. It boasted a Cosworth-tuned, twin-turbo V6, fantastic blistered wheel arches and a presence that oozed understated aggression – something #Audi does so well.

    But here’s the thing: the B5 RS4 is now 17 years old. Two further generation of RS4 have been released, with another, the B9, due to drop later this year. But, for many, the original B5 is still the one.

    Forget the fact that it’s been eclipsed dynamically by the newer models. Ignore the issues with reliability inherent in a highly-tuned-from-the-factory machine like this. Put to the back of your mind the horror stories you’ll hear from B5 fans who have almost bankrupted themselves attempting to keep their pride and joy on the road (times this by ten if you’ve tuned it) and focus on the good bits. Of which there are many. Which is why there’s such a healthy appetite for these things.

    So when serial Audi tuner, Julian Loose and our man, Adam Walker, spotted this in-your-face RS4 in Austria, I was keen to find out more.

    On the face it, this is ‘just’ another RS4 with a fancy wrap. It has a taste of the Jon Olsson about it– he of the extreme RS6 and R8 Gumball fame. However a bit more investigation revealed that this was a proper build, featuring a 500bhp engine, tuned chassis and more.

    Let’s kick off with that engine. The twin-turbo V6 needs no introduction. The 2.7-litre unit came with a factory fettled 375bhp and went very well indeed. But, as the years pass, this highly-tuned lump needs plenty of TLC to keep it running as it should. It’s a complete arse to work on and needs to be dropped for many, even routine jobs, which is why it can end up costing a small fortune in labour rates alone. Plus there are numerous documented issues that will occur at some stage from corroded pipework to blown turbos.

    So, it you’re really going to do it, you may as well get stuck in and go for more power right from the off – and make sure you uprate all the necessary parts in one hit. That way, you (hopefully) won’t be spending more time in the garage than on the road.

    The owner, Ilkka, has gone for a tried and tested setup of RS6 hybrid turbos to provide the boost. There are 630cc injectors and a TFSI coil conversion, plus Wagner intercoolers, a cold air intake and custom made exhaust with the cats removed – a sure fire recipe for big fun. With around 500bhp on tap performance is best described as brisk.

    The whooshing of those twin-turbos, combined with the snarl from that unrestricted exhaust means this thing emits the kind of V6 howl that makes you smile. It’s a special B5-ness that you simply can’t find anywhere else.

    The stock transmission copes admirably with the extra grunt and the tough sixspeed box takes it all in its stride. Again the manual gear lever is part of the reason so many people love these things.

    With significantly more power than when it left the factory and with the ravages of time, the chassis needed updating to cope. A full complement of poly bushes was fitted, to remove that saggy, vague feeling that occurs when stock bushes wear out.

    Again it’s a pain in the ass job to complete, but it makes a big difference, especially on older Audis. With less play in the suspension and steering components, the B5 feels tighter and more responsive. To allow the suspension to be finetuned, a set of KW Variant 3s were ordered.

    These multi-adjustable units allow full control over bump and rebound, to provide a sporty, yet forgiving feel. The geometry has been professionally setup to give this RS4 a more dialled feel, with far more adjustablity than the neutral, understeer focused stock set up.

    The final upgrade for the chassis is a set of brakes nicked off a Porsche. These meaty calipers were designed to stop a 170+mph sportscar, so do a fine job on the RS4 teamed up with ECS Tuning discs and Ferodo DS2500 pads.

    Styling wise Audi got it right first time and there’s no need to add bits, aside from the odd splitter or maybe vent if you’re into that sort of thing. So this B5 remains stock, aside from a wrap. Now, it’s not going to be to all tastes, but Ilkka wanted something to make the car stand out at events and the Jon Olsson-inspired camo wrap certainly ticks that box.

    One thing that had to be bang on the money was the wheels. The 3-piece, multispoke Rotiforms fill the wide arches very nicely – and at a girthy 10.5-inches, they should. Some work was required to get them to fit right, but they look great.

    Inside, the stock seats have been replaced with some of the best in the business, Recaro Pole Positions. These fixed back efforts not only look great but also save weight. The GT-inspired interior is completed with a suede steering wheel and gear knob.

    So there we have it – another wellfinished RS4 B5 that reminds us how much love there is for these things.

    TECHNICAL DATA SPECIFICATION #2000 / #Audi-RS4-B5 / #Audi-RS4 / #Audi-A4 / #Audi-A4-B5 / #Audi / #KW / #Rotiform

    Engine 2.7 twin-turbo V6, #RS6 hybrid turbos, #Wagner intercoolers, cold air intake, custom turbo back exhaust with cats removed, custom map, #Siemens-Deka 630cc injectors #TFSI coil conversion
    Power 500bhp
    Transmission 6-speed manual
    Brakes Porsche 911 calipers with #ECS discs and Ferodo DS2500 pads, braided lines
    Suspension #KW-Variant-3 coilovers, polybushed, full geometry set up
    Wheels 10.5x19in #Rotiform-INDT 3-piece wheels with 255/30 Michelin Pilot SuperSports
    Interior Recaro Pole Position seats, suede RS4 steering wheel and gearknob, PLX a/f ratio meter FIS control in the OEM screen to show boost, exhaust temp etc
    Exterior Full Avery charcoal matte metallic wrap

    “There’s still so much love for the B5”

    Above left Recaro Pole Positions.
    Above Alcantara-clad wheel.

    Above top: Porsche brakes sit behind 10.5x19in Rotiform INDs.
    Right: The 2.7 #V6 heart pumps out around 500bhp.
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    Prime cut S3 8P Show-stopper revealed. When Matt Vanstone isn’t preparing the Southwest’s finest fillet steaks, he’s working on his stunning S3…. Words Davy Lewis Photography AJ Walker.

    The second generation Audi S3 is a cracking little car. Launched in 2007, it packs a potent 2.0 TFSI engine, quattro drive and the kind of neatly understated looks that set it apart as a premium hatch back. Audi sold bucket loads of them and they’ve become one of the most frequently tuned of all the S models. So when Matt Vanstone was after a new car, he had his sights set on an S3. “I’d been into Fords before,” he explains, “but I wanted something I could modify in a Dub style.”

    After looking at a couple of cars, he found an immaculate S3 in Sprint blue, which he fell in love with. “It was only down the road from me and although it wasn’t as highly spec’d as the others I’d seen, I didn’t mind as I planned to upgrade it.”

    Having thrown £14k at the salesman, Matt proceeded to enjoy his new toy. “I’d spent all my cash, so it was standard for about a year,” he says. But the plan right from the off was to create something show worthy – just as soon as he’d saved up the money. Then disaster struck...
    “It was during the floods of 2014; I was driving home and hit standing water.” The S3 aquaplaned into a ditch and the damage was significant. “My heart sank, I thought it was a write-off – but I just got away with it,” recalls Matt.

    That said, there was a big bill for replacement parts, including a new front end, wings and other bits, which all told added up to about four-grand – which wiped out the tuning budget. However, there was some good news…

    “I came into a little bit of money and while the car was in the bodyshop I decided to do a few bits to it.” This included fitting the latest (at the time) Air Lift Performance kit, some Forge Motorsport goodies and new wheels. With the S3 making good progress, Matt went along to Ultimate Dubs, where he was blown away by the standard of some of the cars. “I met Jules Loose and he invited me to join Dubfiction, which is where I got a lot of help and inspiration for the car.”

    At this point, there weren’t any RS-style honeycomb grilles available off-the-shelf, but Matt had his heart set on one. So, he set about making his own. “I ordered a brand new RS6 grille from Audi and my mate cut out the honeycomb section and adapted it to fit the S3’s OEM grille. It involved a lot of work and expense, but looks fantastic, especially with the satin silver surround, which he’d seen on an RS4. Next came new wheels.

    “Jules offered me a set of RAD48s, but they weren’t quite “wow” enough for me, so I sent them off to be ceramic-polished. Sounds simple enough, until Matt explains this involved shipping them off to Belgium for the work to be carried out, at a cost of about £500. Now that’s commitment.

    With the exterior looking good, Matt turned his attention to the inside.

    “I knew I had to really go for it to make the car stand out at shows, so I bought a full S5 interior,” he says. Unfortunately, the seats were in bad shape, with dodgy electrics and bent sub frames. “They needed about £900 spending on them and I felt like giving up,” he admits. But it’s when you’re at your lowest point that your mates really help and Jules, plus girlfriend Terri told him to carry on – setting a deadline of the next Ultimate Dubs show to get the car ready. “That left us just three weeks,” laughs Matt.

    “I managed to get hold of some genuine Bentley leather for the seats – I hadn’t even seen the colour, apart from a picture,” he says. When he visited the trimmer to see the progress, there was another heart-in-mouth moment: “I didn’t like the colour,” laughs Matt. But girlfriend, Terri, said it would be okay and told him to let the trimmer get on with it. “She even bought me a flat-bottom steering wheel, which spurred me on.” The trimmer had some work to do though – the stitch pattern alone took over a week to complete. Finally, with the show just hours away, having pulled another allnighter, Matt and his crew made it to the show, even having to stop en route to pick up the parcel shelf.

    But you know what – it was all worth it. The S3 was very well received with plenty of nice comments about the interior. With a renewed enthusiasm for the 8P, Matt began planning his next show – Early Edition. Then, disaster struck for a second time: “An inlet cam snapped and I ended up having to get an engine rebuild.” This took another chunk out of the tuning budget, but as Matt says, ‘You can just give up, or accept that life gives you hurdles like this and get on with it.” Wise words indeed.

    The engine itself is now in rude health and although not currently running any performance software, the Cobra Sport exhaust has transformed the S3’s character. The 3in turbo-back system, with sports cat, is much freer flowing and delivers a nicely rorty sound, without any annoying drone. There’s also a Forge twintercooler and inlet, which means this S3 is ready to have its potential unleashed with a remap.

    At the time of writing, Matt is recovering after a flat-out Christmas rush preparing turkeys for his customers, but in between wielding his cleaver, he’s been planning his next upgrades. “I’m fitting some new wheels, plus some carbon bits and maybe big brakes for next season,” he says. “I also want to get the engine sorted, so I’ll be giving the guys at MRC Tuning a call at some point.” There’s lots more to come from this S3 – look out for it at this year’s shows.

    SPECIFICATION #2017-Audi-S3-8P / #Audi-S3-8P / #Audi-S3 / #Audi-A3-8P / #Audi-A3 / #Air-Lift / #RAD48-DR1 / #RAD48 / #Audi-8P / #Audi /

    Engine 2.0 #TFSI , #Forge twin take induction kit with carbon fibre air filter covers, Forge chrome recirulating value, #Forge-twintercooler , Forge blue silicone hose kit, Forge chrome charcoal canister cover, Forge chrome oil water and coolant caps, custom made engine cover using old air box and dipped in carbon fibre affect and colour coded pipe work in sprint blue, turbo back sport cat exhaust system by Cobra Sport all in 3in pipework

    Transmission 6-speed manual, Forge adjustable quick shifter

    Suspension Full #Air-Lift-Performance slam struts with 3/8 airlines and two #Vair comps and 4-gallon skinned tank with #V2-Auto #AutoPilot-V2 management

    Wheels #RAD48-DR1s 8.5x19in all round et45 fully ceramic polished by Felgenwerkes/puc polished in Nanking tyres NS2s 215/35x19

    Interior 2011 flat bottom steering wheel with carbon fibre air bag cover, Audi S5 front seats with custom diamond stitch in centres and retrimmed in Bentley nappa leather with a blue stitch, carbon fibre control panel and seat backs and grab handle, rear seats, arm rest, hand brake, gear gaiter, parcel shelf, glove box, under steering wheel and door card inserts all trimmed to match

    Exterior 2011 rear lights, custom made, front grille using RS6 and standard one moulded together to make one grille then painted gloss black centre and satin silver ends, carbon fibre b pillars, Forge chrome petrol cap

    Contacts and thanks Stefan May at Tiki Custom, Kris Butler at Forge Motorsport, Jules and Mario at RAD48 wheels, James batty at Autofinesse, Colin Haden at D Hayden Upholstery, Matt at System Clenz, Indy at Felgenwerkes/Stefan puc polished, Nick Cockman at Cobra Sport exhausts, the Mrs, Terri for putting up with my temper tantrums, the whole Dubfiction crew, Adam Ford for many late nights working on it before shows.

    “I knew I had to really go for it to make the car stand out...”

    Essentials: air and detailing kit.
    Bentley leather was used for the interior.
    Flat-bottom wheel with carbon centre.
    Nicely detailed bay, with big power to come.
    Cobra exhaust looks and sounds ace.

    Dubfiction 9 July 2017

    If you haven’t heard about Dubfiction, it’s a cracking show with a very welcoming attitude. Based in Derbyshire’s Peak District at one of the UK’s most picturesque locations, it offers plenty of space to park up, a show and shine, trade, music and camping. The new date for 2017 is 9 July, so make sure you get it in your diary and check out Dubfiction on Facebook. Dubfiction 2017 – 10am - 4pm, The Bull I’ th’ thorn Inn, Ashbourne Road, Hurdlow SK17 9QQ.
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    AUSSIE #Audi-S7 / COP CAR / #Audi-S7-CopCar / #Audi-A7 / #Audi-S7-Sportback / #Audi-S7-Type-4G / #Audi-Type-4G / #Audi /

    The Aussie cops have got their hand on another fast Audi pursuit vehicle – this time it’s an S7. With over 440bhp from its 4.0 #TFSI engine, it’s sure to keep up with your average Aussie fella hooning in his Holden. These guys love their #V8 s and this is one of the best around – wonder if they’ll get it remapped?
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    Early Adopter. The Gen 2 TT RS is fresh out of the factory, but German tuner, HG Motorsport, has already tweaked one of these fiery five-pots… The first tuned Gen 2.

    TT RS World's first tuned Gen 2

    There’s been a whole world of hype surrounding the new TT RS. Right from the off, Audi fans were hungry for info on the second generation car and speculation was rife. When it was finally unveiled, it was greeted with enthusiasm. Some may have baulked at the price once the options sheet had been subject to vigorous box ticking, but this is standard for an Audi. The Gen 2 TT came out very well in road tests, with even hackneyed motoring journos admitting it’s a good car. And they absolutely loved the engine. The only slight fly in the ointment (in the UK at least) is that this year’s allocation is limited to just 200 cars. Which is sure to make these things a rare sight on the roads (until next year).

    With 400hp (395bhp), 0-62mph achievable in an eye watering 3.7secs, and a top end of 173mph (when derestricted), the performance credentials are impeccable. However, the tuning and aftermarket industry has been champing at the bit to begin tweaking this rapid fivecylinder and this, my friends, is the first offering.

    Unveiled at the recent Essen Motorshow, it’s HG Motorsport’s take on the TT RS. It represents a package of bolt-on upgrades that are designed to enhance the TT RS’s already desirable character. It’s clear that the revised 2.5 #TFSI unit has big potential, so HGM began by removing some of the restrictions. Their demo car has been fitted with a bespoke sports exhaust featuring 89mm pipework and a more efficient air intake system.

    This should improve the flow of air and gasses, but also allow that sonorous 5-pot to really howl when provoked. A larger, more efficient intercooler joins the party and should help to reduce temps – something that will become essential when the next stage of tuning arrives. A larger diameter downpipe and lightweight carbon fibre intake system are being developed too, with the downpipe promising significant potential gains. No power figures are available for the initial hardware upgrades, but once it’s been fully mapped and tested, we’ll update you. One thing’s for sure – once large turbos and supporting upgrades are added, we’ll be seeing new TT RSs with upwards of 500bhp.

    Of course, being a show car at Essen, the exterior needed something to show it isn’t factory spec. HGM has achieved this with a set of beefy 9.5x20in threepiece alloys. The Schmidt FS-Lines have a real supercar style to them and look great with matt spokes and polished barrels. These high-end alloys sit very neatly within the TT RSs arches, thanks to the substantial drop on KW Variant 3 coilovers. The exterior of this black coupe is finished off with some HGM graphics. So there we have it – the world’s first tuned Gen 2 TT RS. It doesn’t have a huge amount of upgrades, but it makes a statement and I don’t think it’ll be long before we see plenty more…

    Above: Virtual cockpit. Below: The 5-cylinder powerhouse.

    TECHNICAL DATA SPECIFICATION #Audi-TT-RS / #Audi-TT / #Audi / #2017 / #Audi-TT-RS-8S / #Audi-TT-RS / #Audi-TT-8S /

    Engine 2.5 TFSI 5-cylinder, #HG-Motorsport performance exhaust system, uprated intake system
    Transmission S-tronic
    Suspension #KW-Variant-3 coilovers / #KW
    Wheels #Schmidt-FS-Line / #Schmidt 9.5x20 3-piece alloys with 245/30x20 Hankook Ventus S1 Evo tyres
    Contacts #Audi-TT-RS-HG-Motorsport
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    WRAPPER’S DELIGHT #Audi-S4-Tuned B8 daily driver / #Audi-S4-B8-Tuned /

    When you’re the boss of a wrapping company, your own car needs to be something a bit different, but this S4 also has the performance to go with the striking looks… Words & Photography Davy Lewis.

    When it comes to bang for your buck, it’s hard to beat a 3.0 TFSI. The supercharged V6 is one of the jewels in Audi’s engine line-up – an engine that is smooth, powerful and delivers a healthy 333bhp punch from the factory. Although available in a range of Audis, it’s the B8 S4 that has really made this engine famous, because with some relatively simple upgrades, you can transform your saloon or estate from a quick car, to a near 500bhp weapon.

    The beauty of an S4 is that it can be used as a daily driver with plenty of room for transporting kids, dogs – you name it. They’re docile and well mannered around town, but when you want it, they can deliver a hell of a punch. It’s this everyday performance that appealed to Andy Roose, Director of Autowrap Manchester. Working closely alongside Colin Jackson and the guys at Stadt Technik, Andy has had access to a range of quality upgrades to make the most of the S4’s latent potential.

    As a company demo car, it made perfect sense. Let’s start with the engine work. As Revo dealers, Stadt Technik took the car into their Manchester workshop and gave the S4 a full Stage 1+ makeover. This involved fitting the performance pulley kit, along with the induction setup and Stage 1+ software. There’s a Milltek exhaust system to free up the gas flow, and all told, the upgrades provide a healthy increase in both power and torque. The headline numbers are 448bhp and 450lb/ft. This sounds great on paper, but it’s even more impressive when you actually experience it.

    Going from a stock S4 into a Stage 1+ tuned car really is a game changer. Whereas previously a squeeze of the throttle resulted in some rapid acceleration, with the upgrade, the same pressure unleashes a wave of torque. There’s so much instantaneous grunt available that it’s hard to believe you’re in the same car. In first and second it’s savage – although this is a manual, so there’s no S-tronic launch control, it’s still impressive. In fact, part of the fun of a Stage 1+ S4 is watching passengers as you demonstrate a launch – a word of warning though: make sure they haven’t just eaten breakfast.

    It isn’t merely the low gear, off-the-line acceleration that’s impressive – press the throttle in any gear and you’ll be rewarded with instant, linear power. It’s almost as if there’s a larger engine up front – a very different sensation to a big-power turbo, for example. Part of the fun with an S4 is that it looks quite sedate and unthreatening. Other drivers don’t expect these cars to be so quick. That said, this one is a little more in your face than most.

    You see, as director of Autowrap Manchester, Andy has access to a myriad of vinyl designs. So, as a company demo car, the S4 needed something a little out of the ordinary to help it to stand out. The current wrap is actually a one-off sample, but Andy liked it so much he’s keeping it. There’s an oldschool 2000s flavour to this flip colour, which changes depending on where the light is. It will not be to everyone’s taste, but the beauty of a wrap like this is it can be easily changed. To further enhance the exterior, Andy has fitted an RS-style front grille, along with some black badges to give an altogether moodier look to the S4.

    A set of wheels, spacers and lowering springs is one of the easiest ways to transform the looks of a car. It’s something Stadt Technik always recommend, and, along with black optics, privacy glass and an RS-style front grille, is a guaranteed way to improve most non-RS Audis. This S4 benefits from all of the above, plus a set of 19in AC alloys finished in bronze. They sit perfectly within the arches and really suit the avant. And that’s about it. The interior is a stock mix of leather and Alcantara, which is a perfectly nice place to be. The exterior has even been finished off with a full ceramic coating to keep it looking tip-top throughout the winter. It really is the perfect daily driver.

    “Going from a stock S4 into a Stage 1+ car is a game changer”

    Below: Black details look very effective. Above: RS-style grille. Left: 3.0 TFSI has been fully Revo’d. Above: Privacy glass and black badges. Left: Carbon effect splitter is neat. Right: Alloys sit perfectly. Below: Milltek system. Above: The go-to guys for wraps in Manchester. Top: With getting on for 450bhp, this S4 is rapid.

    “An S4 B8 avant is one of the best daily drivers out there”

    TECHNICAL DATA SPECIFICATION #Audi-S4-Avant-B8 WIDE BODY / #Audi-S4-Avant / #Audi-S4-B8 / #Audi-A4-Avant-B8 / #Audi-A4-B8 / #Audi-A4 / #Audi-S4-Avant-Revo-B8 / #Audi-S4-Avant-Revo / #Audi-S4-Revo / #Revo-supercharger / #Revo / #Milltek / #Audi

    Engine 3.0 #TFSI #V6 , #Revo-supercharger-pulley-kit , #Revo-air-intake-kit , #Revo-Stage-1+ software, #Milltek-exhaust
    Transmission 6-speed manual
    Suspension #H&R springs
    Brakes S4 stock
    Wheels 19in #AC-alloys with Vredestein tyres
    Interior S4 leather and Alcantara
    Exterior Black badges, custom vinyl wrap by #Autowrap-Manchester , carbon front splitter, privacy glass, #RS-style front grille
    Contacts Autowrap Manchester, Stadt Technik
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    TUNED CAR TEST: Words Davy Lewis / Photography AJ Walker & Davy Lewis

    DRIVEN: REVO RS3 We test the 420bhp RS
    With 425hp, Revo’s RS3 promises strong performance – but does it deliver? We headed to an airfield to find out…
    DRIVEN: REVO RS3 We drive Revo’s demo car…

    There’s something about Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground that always gives me a little shiver of excitement. I’ve been coming here for over 16 years – testing everything from brakes and suspension, through to top speed runs – and it’s always good to be back. The Leicestershire airfield provides the opportunity to really push a car – to see what it can do, and find where its limits are. It’s for this reason that Revo has a base here.

    Revo’s Training and Development Centre gives them amble opportunity to test their latest upgrades – both software and hardware. From brutal launches to lay down 0-60mph times, to more ‘real world in-gear acceleration and a multitude of other tests to ensure that each new product comes to market fully developed and ready to improve the performance and drivability of the customer’s car. As part of their ongoing tuning program, Revo runs a fleet of development cars, many of which happen to be Audis. I’ve driven their S7, S3 saloon, S1 and SQ5, but the current car of the moment is a very smart, white RS3. This five-cylinder Sportback has been with them for around 12 months and features the latest performance upgrades available. The plan is to spend some time in the car to see how it compares to a stock RS3.

    Let’s kick off with the looks. The first items you’ll notice are the wheels – they’re a set of gloss black RV019 alloys. Revo launched their first wheel last year and it’s been well received – especially on MQBplatform cars. Teamed up with a set of Revo’s own performance springs, it lends the RS3 an altogether more purposeful look, with definite hints at motorsport. Wrapped in Dunlops, they reduce the unsprung rotational mass (which should translate to a keener handling feel) and offer prodigious grip (handy with 425hp on tap).

    Staying with the chassis, peeking out from behind the RV019s is a set of uprated discs. The RS3 calipers do an admirable job of stopping this feisty five-pot, but as many RS3 owners have discovered, the stock discs can capitulate under sustained hard use.

    This is due to the fact the cooling veins are not ‘sided’ so the air enters from the correct direction on one side to cool them, but on the other it does not, which can lead to premature wear – especially if used hard. Revo has developed ‘sided’ discs which offer maximum cooling potential for both sides. Developed in association with leading braking specialists, Alcon, it addresses an issue with stock RS3s.

    And so to the ‘go-fast’ bits… Much has been written about the RS3’s ability to punch above its weight. That characterful 2.5 TFSI engine is a powerful and sonorous unit, which delivers strong performance straight out of the box. However, should you wish to unlock even more potential, then Revo has developed Stage 1 software for the Audi. This car also features a freer flowing performance exhaust (which also happens to sound fantastic), and brand new prototype carbon fibre inlet system. All told it delivers 425hp and 428lb/ft – a pretty healthy increase over stock. Revo’s own testing has produced a strong set of performance figures too: 0-60mph in 3.55secs and 0-100mph in just 8.37secs. Numbers on paper are one thing, but as Revo themselves advocate, it’s the driving experience that really matters – how a car behaves on the road – it’s drivability and the way the power is delivered that matters.

    With the RS3 nicely warmed up, I take it for a slow sighting lap of the short course at Bruntingthorpe. There’s a selection of commercial vehicles all testing today, as well as the police practising their motorway stopping procedure. It actually feels a bit naughty to sit so close to a couple of traffic patrol cars, as I rev the RS3 before belting off the line like a scalded cat.

    Once launch control is engaged (select Dynamic and switch off the TC), it’s a simple case of left foot on the brake, dial in the revs, before coming off the brake and letting the car do its thing.

    As I sidestep the brake there’s an almighty howl from the five-cylinder lump as the revs hit 4,000rpm and there’s a violet shove as the quattro drive bites. There’s some wheel spin (it’s the middle of November and the concrete surface offers minimal grip), but the RS3’s electronics, aided by that extra slug of power and torque, courtesy of Revo, translates to epic forward thrust. It feels blisteringly quick (bear in mind I arrived in an RS7 Performance) and it doesn’t let up. As I hurtle past the bemused looking coppers, the RS3 feels relentless. The power just keeps on coming and we’re well into three figures, before I begin to ease off and apply the brakes for the right-hander approaching. As I switch from Sport to Drive (to reign in the shriek from that exhaust as we pass the noise testing microphone), I have time to gather my thoughts.

    The first thing to note is that this thing is bloody rapid off the line. I’ve experienced launch control on several stock RS3s and this is significantly quicker. Revo claim a 0-60mph time of 3.55secs and while we’re not about to match that on this cold morning, I don’t doubt it for a second. The second thing is just how well matched the extra power seems to the car. It all feels very OEM – linear, tractable and totally in harmony with the rest of the car. But it isn’t just the off the line heroics that impresses. The in-gear punch is ferocious – which is perfect for the kind of real world situations where you’d use it – overtaking for example.

    Prod the throttle in pretty much any gear and you’ll be treated to a wall of torque (in second and third it’s epic), but there’s plenty of punch in fifth and even sixth too. The seven-speed S-tronic box is very well matched to the RS3 and copes well with the rather immense strain placed on it by hard use. Backing off the throttle is rewarded with a crescendo of pops and crackles, which is one of the best noises ever.

    Today’s test is mainly to get a feel for how the car handles the extra power, particularly in the real world, ‘straightline squirt’ scenarios. That said, I’m still able to chuck it around a few turns, which illustrates the taught handling. There’s less roll and pitch than with a stock RS3 and the whole thing feels tighter and more focused.

    This really is the kind of fast Audi that you could live with every day. It’s got the best of both worlds: the refinement and class you’d expect from a premium model, but with the potential to induce a stupid grin when the roads open up, or you’re lucky enough to be on a track. It’s a real split personality: one minute a sensible (dare I say) grown up hot hatch, the next, a ferocious, raucous little monster that evokes memories of Group B rally cars.

    Once we’ve finished testing and have the shots in the bag, I give the RS7 Performance a couple of laps of the proving ground. Even though it’s packing the mighty 4.0 TFSI twin turbo with 597bhp, the RS3 is quicker off the line. The RS7 is a wonderful thing (I’d have one in a heartbeat), but with the options it’s a £100k+ car; it’s also rather large. At around half the price and with significantly less weight to lug around, the Revo-tuned RS3 would leave its hefty big brother behind on twisty UK roads. No doubt about it. I think that shows just how good this thing is – a resoundingly positive outcome for Revo’s RS3 package then. But there’s more to come. The team is working on their Stage 2 package, which will unleash yet more power – to be released next year. If this thing is anything to go by, it’s going to be rather exciting.

    SPECIFICATION #2017-Audi-RS3-8V / #Audi-RS3-8V / #Audi-RS3 / #Audi-A3-8V / #Audi-8V / #Revo-RS3-8V / #Audi-RS3-Revo-8V / #Audi-RS3-Revo / #Audi / #2017 / #Revo

    Engine 2.5 #TFSI 5-cylinder, prototype #Revo-carbon-fibre-intake-system , #Revo-performance-exhaust , #Revo-Stage-1-ECU-software
    Power 425hp and 428lb/ft
    Performance 0-60mph: 3.55secs 0-100mph: 8.37secs
    Transmission 7-speed #S-tronic
    Brakes Revo RS3-specific left and right sided disc upgrade
    Suspension Revo performance springs
    Wheels Revo RV019 alloys in gloss black
    Interior Stock RS3 with super sports seats
    Exterior Glacier white with Revo badges at rear and on front wings, Revo graphics along bottom of doors
    Contacts Revo, thanks to Dan Edwards for arranging the shoot and braving a freezing airfield

    Some fast laps on an airfield showed just how capable Revo’s RS3 is.
    Left: Uprated Revo discs are sided, 1.2kg lighter per side and allow better cooling.
    Above: Carbon intake is still in development, but we’ll have full details and prices soon.

    “Backing off the throttle is rewarded with a crescendo of pops and bangs...”

    “The in-gear punch is ferocious...”


    As with all of Revo’s performance products, the upgrades fitted to this RS3 can be purchased separately from any of Revo’s wide network of dealers. However, the whole lot can also be fitted in a drive in, drive out package, which will see your RS3 transformed. Here’s what it will cost:

    Stage 1 software: £718
    Carbon fibre intake: TBC
    Brake discs: £898
    RV019 alloys: £1198
    Performance springs: £178
    Revo badges: £30
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    We test the 597bhp Sportback. Can the 597bhp RS7 Performance deliver the goods? We tested one to find out…


    Words and Photography Davy Lewis / We drive the RS7 Performance /

    Remove the RS7’s fancy clothes and underneath you’ll find the heart of an RS6 – everyone’s favourite supercar baiting estate. And that, my friends, is no bad thing. The RS6 is a mighty piece of engineering. So the same engine, running gear and chassis should make its arguably prettier sibling just as epic. It takes me approximately ten minutes (the time it takes the 4.0 TFSI to warm up on this frosty morn) to realise that the RS7 is every bit as good as the RS6.

    But this is no ordinary RS7 – this is the RS7 Performance. That means you get even more bang for your (extra) bucks – a hefty 605hp (597bhp) in fact. This, as you may surmise imbues this 1930kg leviathan with the kind of performance that will scare your mother (trust me, I tried it. Sorry, Mum). It’s as if the engineers at Audi Sport thought, “We can squeeze a bit more out of this 4.0 #V8 – let’s see what happens when we make a few tweaks to the exhaust and ECU…”

    The Performance also gets a raft of extra goodies including 21in alloys, titanium finish trim and mirrors, while inside there are carbon inlays and swathes of Alcantara as well as privacy glass as standard. But it’s the engine tweaks and sports exhaust that steal the show.

    The result is one of the most brutally efficient, point-to-point cars you’ll ever encounter on the road. A mere tickle of the throttle, whatever gear you happen to be in, unleashes a wave of torque that flings you at the horizon with devastating ease. There’s the very briefest moment of calm before a wall of boost is delivered by the turbochargers sending everything into fast forward. In first and second it really is pin you back in your seat ferocity. The rear end squats, the front lifts and the quattro drive delivers pure, unrelenting grip that never ceases to amaze.

    But there’s more. The ease with which you can put on speed (however fast you’re going) is nothing short of mind blowing. Squeeze that throttle at 50mph and before you know it you’re hitting 70mph. Do the same at 70 and you’ll be into three-figures in the blink of an eye. Such is the refinement of the RS7, it’s scary how easy it is to approach very naughty speeds without realising it.

    The blistering acceleration is accompanied by a crescendo from the V8, which transforms in an instant, from burbly V8 murmur, to an almost NASCAR howl. In Dynamic mode, with Sport engaged via the shifter, the exhaust emits the kind of noise you’d expect from an oldschool muscle car – it’s quite at odds with the understated looks. As you back off the throttle, the cacophony of pops and crackles is addictive. It’s the same when you rev it while stationary. You can feel the whole car throb as you wake that V8 – it makes a delicious, raspy crackle that makes you giggle like a schoolboy who’s just flicked a well-aimed bogey at a girl in double maths.

    The test car was fitted with some very desirable options, which bring the price from £92,725 up to £105,830. The Assistance Pack may not sound as exciting as something like carbon ceramic brakes, but it is a very handy package. It includes the rather spectacular Night Vision Assist, which highlights potential danger way ahead of you. For example a person standing at the side of the road will be highlighted in yellow; if the system spots that they have moved in front of the car a warning is sounded and they are highlighted in red with a further warning. Similarly, if you get too close to the car in front, an audible and visual warning will be made. Ignore it and the car will apply the brakes to avoid a collision.

    The Advanced Parking pack includes the auto park function. You simply line the car up next to a parallel space and the cameras and sensors do their thing – steering the car into the space. All the driver has to do is gently press the throttle in reverse and then again in drive. Considering the ample girth of this thing, it’s a very handy function.

    Prod the start button and the big V8 makes itself known. Inside the RS7 comes to life as the #MMI screen gracefully emerges from the dash; the clocks illuminate, and sweep around the dials; and on this car, the Bang and Olufsen tweeters rise majestically from the corners of the dash. Firing up the RS7 is a real sense of occasion. Above the climate control system, you’ll find an array of buttons for the parking sensors, but the one in the middle is the ‘man’ button. Press it and the rear wing rises from the tailgate – it is, quite possibly, the coolest thing ever. Of course, the recessed wing will rise automatically once you hit 80mph (and retract again below 50mph), but once I’d spotted the manual override button I kept it up all the time.

    And so to the exterior… The RS7 offers a lesson in understated menace. Many people won’t give it a second glance, while others will spot the significance – those aggressive air intakes in the front bumper, that trademark honeycomb grille, the discreet RS badges and, of course, the twin, oval tailpipes. Although a sleek design, the RS7 is a chunky car. From the rear haunches, to the large door mirrors – it feels very solid. My only gripe was the fuel filler flap, which felt slightly flimsy and didn’t appear to sit 100% flush. No biggie of course, but this is a £100,000 car.

    The test car was fitted with the optional #DRC-suspension setup, which is a very capable system. In Dynamic (the full-fat everything turned up to eleven setting) it was quite firm on the local country roads. The 21in alloys certainly play a part in this, so it’s perhaps too firm for day to day use. Once on a smoother bit of black top, it really does feel dialled in to the road with little body roll as you thread it through turns. The steering is undeniably light, but there’s so much grip available you can relax safe in the knowledge that the RS7 has got this. Around town and on pothole-infested roads, I selected Comfort, which took the sting out of all but the gnarliest craters in the highway. Of course, you can set your own particular Individual mode, so for example, you could set the suspension to Comfort and the engine, gearbox and steering to Dynamic.

    As part of the test, I drove the RS7 from my home in Wiltshire to Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground, near Leicester to shoot Revo’s RS3 (see page 32). It was a 5.50am start and I wasn’t looking forward to the drive, but as soon as I opened the door of the RS7, all was well. The interior looks so welcoming and comfortable that it can make even the worst Monday morning feel better.

    A prod of the start button and with the heated seats switched on, I was looking forward to my drive. A quick toggle of the MMI controller to set the sat nav and I was off, accompanied by that lovely, woofly sound of the V8. The roads were slippery and it was dark, but the RS7 just ate up the miles. It felt so comfortable, that the two-and-a-half hour drive flew by. With few cars on the road, I was able to make good progress. On the M5 it was so refined and quiet, yet when I hit some fast A-roads, I was able to really open up that 4.0 TFSI with some explosive acceleration exiting roundabouts.

    I arrived at Bruntingthorpe fresh and ready to get to work. Once the work was completed, I took the RS7 out for an acceleration test. There’s no S-tronic launch control available (too much torque, apparently), so the RS7 uses the eight-speed tiptronic box, which is excellent. So you don’t get that explosive, off-the-line shove as with launch control, but you still make very rapid progress. Nail the throttle and that rear end squats as this big car just grips and goes. With the traction and stability controls off, the RS7 squirms around a tad as it fights for grip, but once it hooks up, it’s relentless.

    The 0-62mph time of 3.7secs seems eminently possible. Press the throttle at 100mph and the speed with which it reaches 130mph makes me wonder if it’ll ever stop. I back off at around 140mph (part of the track is closed, so there’s less space today). The rate at which the stock steel brakes slow down this 1930kg car is mighty impressive, too.

    This is one of those ‘feel good’ cars. It offers so many sensory delights that you cannot help but fall in love with it, even on a cold Monday morning. The interior is a highlight, but it’s that engine that really steals the show. I was genuinely sad to see the RS7 leave, when the chap from Audi came to pick it up. If you don’t need (or want) an RS6, but fancy some of that epic performance, then the RS7 makes a very compelling case for itself.

    SPECIFICATION #2017 / #2017-Audi-RS7-Performance-Sportback / #Audi-RS7-Performance-Sportback / #Audi-RS7-Sportback / #Audi-RS7-Performance / #Audi-RS7 / #Audi-RS7-Type-4G / #Audi-Type-4G / #Audi /

    Power: 597bhp
    Torque: 553lb/ft
    Performance 0-62mph: 3.7secs / Top speed: 189mph (de-limited)
    Price: £92,060 (£105,000 as tested)

    The view most often seen of an RS7...
    Above: RS7’s interior is a real star of the show.
    Main pic: 21in alloys give the RS7 huge road presence.
    Left: The 4.0 #TFSI Below: RS7 mission control...

    “Nail the throttle and this car just grips and goes...”

    “A wall of boost is delivered by the turbos”
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    RS3 SALOON 395bhp 5-pot, 0-62 in 4.1sec, 174mph powerhouse! Words Davy Lewis / Photography Audi AG

    It’s the one we’ve all been waiting for – the brand new RS3 saloon…

    NEW RS3 SALOON It’s here at last!

    The RS3 saloon is one of the most eagerly anticipated new cars from Audi. Not since the RS6 C6 has Audi offered a Renn Sport with a boot, and we think this one is long overdue. Given that sportbacks and estates are far more practical, you may expect there to be less of a demand for a saloon. But my Facebook feed has been full of renderings and eager discussion about this car for months, and now that it’s here, the response has been overwhelmingly positive. I’ve said it before, but performance Audi enthusiasts love a fast RS saloon.

    So, aside from the boot, what makes the RS3 saloon so different to the already well-received RS3 sportback? Well plenty, as it goes, starting with the new engine.

    It uses the same, revised five-cylinder engine fitted to the latest TT RS, which means it’s lighter, more efficient, and, of course, more powerful than the current RS3 sportback. Peak figures are 400hp (396bhp) and 480Nm, which should make for impressive performance. It should also deliver a sensational soundtrack that evokes emotions of Audis of old (add own Group B analogy).

    Audi claims the 0-62mph dash will take 4.1secs, which let’s be honest, is plenty quick. Not quite so headline grabbing as the TT RS perhaps (the Coupe takes just 3.7secs), but this is a larger, heavier car. And what’s four-tenths of a second between friends? I also suspect that this figure is a tad under optimistic, so as not to tread on the toes of the TT RS. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if the RS3 saloon hits 62mph in under 4secs.

    Like the TT RS, the RS3 saloon can be de-limited to allow a top speed of 174mph, so its performance credentials are impeccable. So what about the rest?

    Well, it certainly hits the spot from an aesthetic perspective. Arguably the best angle is the front – the new angular headlights and grille look very striking, but it’s the new RS bumper with deep air intakes, which really makes an impact. Certainly in RS-specific Catalunya red, with black accents to the intakes, it looks terrific.

    The RS3 saloon runs a slightly wider (20mm) track than the regular S3, so the wheel arches have been subtly extended to accommodate this. It’s not the kind of blistered arch that fans of the B5 and B7 RS4 would applaud, and personally speaking I’d have liked a slightly more pronounced arch, but until I see the car in the metal, I’ll reserve final judgement.

    One thing that’s clearly very ‘RS’ is the rear end. The deep diffuser, which houses the trademark twin-oval tailpipes says RS very loudly. Which is fitting, as it’s sure to make a fantastic noise, courtesy of that fiery five-cylinder engine. The boot features a neat little lip spoiler and like a lady who’s been hitting the squat rack, it’s toned, muscular and guaranteed to draw many admiring glances.

    The outside is finished off with a set of 19in alloy wheels, which I suspect some will love, others not so much. They’re another of the angular spoked, diamond-cut family of wheels that Audi is rolling out (see what I did there?) with each new RS model. Now wheels are always going to be a very subjective thing, but these certainly suit the lines of this super-saloon. The five-spoke pattern is perfect for showing off the brakes, which also bear the RS legend. And, like its TT RS sibling, the RS3 saloon will be available to order with Audi’s stunningly effective, carbon ceramic brakes, as an optional extra.

    Inside, is as you would expect, extremely well appointed. The cabin architecture really is second to none and you’d be hard pushed to find better. The industry leading virtual cockpit (standard kit on the TT RS) is available as an option here, but you do get some nicely sculpted sports seats emblazoned with the RS logo. Some more aggressive super sports seats are optional. One thing the RS does without is the TT RS’ steering wheel. So you don’t get the satellite controls for the Dynamic drive settings or the engine start stop button, but it’s still a very nice, tactile wheel.

    The RS3 will also feature the latest in Audi connectivity, allowing drivers access intuitive and highly advanced functions such as Google Earth, Street View and much more, via the LTE module. The RS3 saloon is going to be a natural competitor to the M3 and AMG CLA45. On paper, it stacks up well against some this impressive opposition. I can’t wait to get behind the wheel and see just how good this super-saloon really is. But if it’s anything like the new TT RS, Audi will have a another huge hit on their hands.

    SPECIFICATION #Audi-RS3-Saloon / #Audi-RS3 / #Audi-A3 / #Audi / #Audi-RS3-Typ-8V / #Audi-A3-Typ-8V / #Audi-A3-8V / #Audi-RS3-Saloon-Typ-8V

    Engine 2.5 #TFSI 5-cylinder, Audi Valve Lift System, dual injection, aluminium crankcase, plasma coated cylinder barrels and main bearings, weighs 26kg less than previous model

    Drivetrain/Transmission New 7-speed #S-tronic dual clutch with revised driveline, gearshift and launch control, permanent quattro drive integrated into Audi Drive Select, redesigned and lightened multi-plate clutch located at rear axle for better weight distribution

    Power 400hp (396bhp) and 480Nm

    Performance 0-62mph 4.1secs, top speed 174mph (delimited)
    Price From £48,000 UK (estimate)
    On sale Early 2017 (estimate)

    RS3 saloon looks great in Catalunya red with gloss black details.
    Left: Cabin is a work of art Above: Optional virtual cockpit features RS mode Below: Diamond stitching is very neat.
    “the 0-62mph dash will take 4.1secs”
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