Rings of Fire
If you’re of a certain age, then the sound of a turbocharged, five-cylinder Audi should stir the emotions because that’s what powered Audi to World Rally glory in the infamous Group B era of the 1980’s. And now it’s back in the glorious 400bhp RS3
The Middle East seemed an odd choice of location for the global launch of Audi’s 400bhp, turbocharged, five-cylinder, all-wheel drive RS3 with its less-than-challenging straight roads and endless sand dunes. Or at least that’s the perception most have when they think of the Gulf region.
As this car’s raison d'etre is about handling, traction and snappy performance, it seemed puzzling to most until it was time hit the streets of the beachside resort town of Salalah in Oman.
Edging against the dramatic Dhofar Mountains which sharply rise 2500 metres from the coast with a series of enticing, yet slippery switchback roads, Salalah is the holiday destination the locals choose to escape the summer heat and the Audi RS3 was in its element as we sprinted to the clouds.
While snow is never a problem, the roads were as slippery as black ice in sections thanks to the copious amount of oil and grease that have leaked into the tar from various old quarry trucks but of course that never phased the RS3’s quattro all-wheel drive system which ensured that we had 100 per cent traction, and therefore power, from the five-cylinder turbo engine at all times. [To be continued...]
Don’t let its small stance deceive you, for the Audi RS3 has a fierce bite courtesy of its 400bhp, turbocharged 5-cylinder engine.
It’s a formula that’s worked well for Audi for many decades; combining all-wheel drive with a turbocharged 5-cylinder screamer of an engine. The RS3 promises much.
Straight up, without even getting into the Audi RS3, it was obvious that this car was built with one thing in mind. Climbing hills fast.
With a wheel at each corner, 400bhp from a torquey 2.5-litre, five-cylinder, turbocharged engine and all that power being evenly distributed through all wheels. This is Audi back doing what it does best.
Edging against the dramatic Dhofar Mountains which sharply rise 2500 metres from the Omani coast with a series of enticing, yet slippery switchback roads, Salalah is the holiday destination the locals choose to escape the summer heat and the Audi RS3 was in its element as we sprinted to the clouds.
Under normal conditions, most power is delivered to the front wheels but at the slightest hint of traction loss, and long before any regular human can detect it, the RS3’s brain transfers power to the rear wheels or non slipping wheels in milliseconds. [To be continued...]