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Audi’s RS3: Almost Worth Moving To Europe For 24
Posted by Kurt Ernst in audi, audi rs3, Automotive, Hot Hatchbacks, quattro, video on 03 24th, 2011

The 2011 Audi RS3. Image: Auto Express

The Audi RS3 is forbidden fruit in the United States, since Audi deems it “too targeted” for the U.S. market. It’s also too expensive for a country that tends to ignore station wagons and hatchbacks, even if they are faster than a Porsche 911 Carrera S. As AutoExpress points out, the RS3’s selling price in the UK is ₤40,000, which works out to be around $65,000 on this side of the pond. That’s enough to put you in a well equipped Porsche Cayman, a BMW M3 coupe or even a loaded base model Corvette, but that’s the very reason that Audi created the car. What other choices are there for enthusiasts who like to drive fast, but also need more room than a sport coupe (even one with a back seat) provides?

I’m a big fan of Audi’s S3, which makes me a bigger fan of the RS3. It doesn’t matter that we can’t get the 340 horsepower, quattro AWD equipped uber-wagen here, since it’s out of my price range anyway. Still, like Audi’s old S4 Avant, it’s enough for me to know that such an animal exists. If I ever do make it back up to the kind of income level needed to buy an RS Audi, the RS3 is a far better choice for me than the TT-RS. Unless our economy rebounds overnight, I won’t be in the market for an RS3 anytime soon, which gives Audi ample opportunity to rethink their position on U.S. sales.

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Audi Prices The 2012 R8 GT 16
Posted by Kurt Ernst in audi, Audi R8 GT, Automotive, News, quattro, supercars on 03 16th, 2011

Image: Audi

If you’ve always wanted an R8 with just a bit more schnell, you’d best get in touch with your Audi dealer, pronto. Audi’s announced pricing on their new 560 horsepower, V10 R8 GT, and only 90 will be brought into the United States. The price of admission starts at $196,800, but that amount of cash buys you some impressive performance. Zero to sixty two miles per hour (or 100 kph) comes up in a mere 3.6 seconds, and the top speed is said to be 199 miles per hour (wink, wink, nudge, nudge). Extensive use of carbon fiber has shaved some 180 pounds from the car when compared to an Audi A8 5.2 quattro coupe.

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The R8 GT utilizes quattro AWD to get the power to the ground, and has a weight balance of 43% front, 57% rear. Audi claims that “significant exterior modifications” will aid handling, probably by adding additional downforce. The company stops short of publishing handling data, but it does say the R8 GT provides “high lateral acceleration”; for a price just shy of 200 large, I’d certainly hope so. Just in case the base price doesn’t sufficiently drain your bank account, Audi also offers optional carbon fiber ceramic brakes for optimal fade resistance.

Image: Audi

Image: Audi

The car was inspired by Audi’s R8 LMS GT3 car, and comes with a variety of trim details to remind you of its exclusivity. Each car gets a numbered gearshift knob and a GT logo on the instrument panel, as well as matte carbon fiber interior inlays. Alcantera, with contrasting stitching dominates the interior, and the door sills are capped off with aluminum plates bearing the R8 GT logo. Audi hasn’t told us when deliveries will begin, but I’d expect to see R8 GTs on the road by the end of summer. Get your order in soon.

Source: Audi