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RS models share limelight in 1st Audi Sport Drive


AUDI PHILIPPINES recently held a first-ever fun run of Audi Sport models — all Nürburgring-tested vehicles — the largest local gathering of Audi RS owners in the country.

The activity, dubbed “Audi Sport Drive,” involved owners of Audi’s high-performance RS models who purchased their vehicles from Audi Philippines. The road trip took the convoy south of Metro Manila, enjoying their cars in a fun road trip that was followed by a Sunday brunch — “a perfect way for them by which to share their passion for Audi Sport.”

Audi Sport is the high-performance division of Audi AG which develops and produces the RS range. These compacts, sedans, coupes, wagons and SUVs are all the highest versions of their models, “defined by quattro all-wheel drive systems, distinct designs and a capacity to be driven daily even if these are focused on performance.” Audi said that each RS model undergoes development work at the famed Nürburgring track — logging at least 8,000 kilometers of testing each. The lengthy stint on the iconic circuit “determines how RS models’ powertrain and suspension components perform under extreme conditions.”

Some 60 RS owners signed up for the event, which saw a variety of models such as the RS 3 Sedan, RS 4 Avant, RS 5 Coupe and Sportback, RS 6 Avant, RS Q3, RS Q8 and the R8 supercar. The group converged and took off from the Petron Dasmariñas Village service station and headed south before circling back to the Audi Global City showroom in Bonifacio Global City to gather in “a safe, sanitized and relaxing environment.

Along with a presentation of the features which make RS models like the 2022 RS 5 Sportback and RS Q3 Sportback “performance and technology leaders in their respective segments,” Audi Philippines officials announced the arrival of the Audi RS 3 Sportback. Powered by the Ingolstadt-brand’s 10-time Engine of the Year winner — a five-cylinder power plant that produces 400hp and 500Nm — the latest RS 3 Sportback is the first Audi ever to be fitted with the RS torque splitter, which distributes torque between the rear wheels.

Participants and guests were also shown the fully electric Audi e-tron SUV and e-tron GT four-door grand tourer. “The Audi e-tron range proves that electromobility can be as dynamic and fascinating as the high-performance RS models are, thanks to powerful drive systems with electric quattro, stunning designs and luxurious cabins,” said the company. “Directly linking Audi Sport to the e-tron lineup is the RS e-tron GT; also fully electric, it is the most powerful production car Audi has ever produced. And because of their zero-emission fully electric powertrains, extensive use of eco-friendly materials, and the benefit of having been produced in carbon-neutral factories, the e-tron SUV, e-tron GT and RS e-tron GT are able to promote the concept of sustainability as the new luxury.”