This week continues the flood of new Audi models in 2020, with the RS4 Avant, RS5 Sportback and Coupe and RS Q3 SUV and Sportback high performance variants all hitting showrooms this week.
The RS Q3s are all-new models, with the Sportback the first of its kind.
Despite an underwhelming first iteration, the RS Q3 has grown worthy of the RS badge.
Once again, the same 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbo petrol engine found in elsewhere in the RS range is under the bonnet, offering 294kW and 480Nm.
Aided by all-wheel-drive and a seven-speed automatic, the pair will do 0-100km/h in rapid 4.5 seconds.
Each get two new RS-specific drive modes, plus RS sport suspension with damper control, progressive steering and wheel-selective torque control to up the performance ante.
The pair stand out from other, more sedate Q3s thanks to imposing 21-inch wheels, RS sport exhaust system, a three-dimensional honeycomb grille, black exterior styling package, metallic paint, rear privacy glass, and Matrix LED headlights with dynamic indicators in bespoke RS dark-tinted surrounds.
Interior additions include RS sports seats in Nappa leather with honeycomb stitching, three-zone climate control, 15-speaker Bang & Olufsen 3D sound system and wireless charging, while safety kit includes adaptive cruise control with lane keep assist and emergency assist, 360-degree camera, lane departure warning, rear cross-traffic assist, hill descent control and more.
The RS Q3 SUV starts at $89,900, with the Sportback’s sporty swooping roofline adding an extra $3000.
Though not all-new, the RS4 Avant, RS5 Coupe and RS5 Sportback have also seen key changes — namely in price.
The iconic Avant wagon is now $147,900 plus on road costs, down from $152,900 when it first launched.
The RS5 twins score an even bigger haircut, each with a $150,900 price tag marking a $6800 drop.
Everything remains as-is mechanically, with power from a 2.9-litre twin turbo V6 packing 331kW and 600Nm, which sees the RS5 duo cover 0-100km/h in 3.9 seconds and the Avant 0.2 seconds behind them.
As with the RS Q3s, they also get the two extra drive modes and all-wheel-drive, however it’s via an eight-speed auto.
Torque is split 40/60 front to rear when driving normally, which Audi says allows for dynamic handling and optimal traction — but up to 85 per cent of torque can sent to the bck end for tail happy cornering.
The range has had a facelift, with a wider and flatter Singleframe grille features a gloss black design with air vents on the fringe, meant to recall the 1984 Audi Sport quattro.
Among the features are Matrix LED headlights with Audi laser light.
The laser spot and a large, X-shaped metal aperture with an exposed blue light guide sit in the darkened, lower segment of the headlight.
The laser spot is activated above 70km/h and further extends the range of the high beam which is already no slouch in terms of performance.
All models have the Coming Home and Leaving Home feature, where a light sequence plays in the headlights and rear lights when the car is locked and unlocked.