Four-cylinder RS models won’t happen says Audi

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Words: Nile Bijoux
15 Jan 2020

Audi’s top-tier RS line reportedly won’t drop to four-cylinder power, leaving its inline-five cylinder as a base for hot models.

That means there won’t be a quicker supermini in Audi’s line-up than the 146kW/320Nm A1 40 TFSI, a model we don’t get in New Zealand. According to Autocar UK, Audi isn’t planning an S1 either, meaning Kiwi buyers looking for a peppy small car with the four-rings badge will have to be content with the 110kW/250Nm A1 35 TFSI S Line.

If you’re okay with moving neighborhoods, Audi’s owner Volkswagen offers the Polo GTI in New Zealand, packing the same engine as in the A1 40 TFSI and a six-speed twin-clutch automatic. Alternatively, consider the Ford Fiesta ST, which uses a 1.5-litre turbo triple to make 147kW/290Nm paired with a manual six-speed transmission. Read our comparison review on the two right here.

Meanwhile, the smallest RS model is currently the RS 3, which is due for an update in 2021. It will keep the 2.5-litre turbocharged five-cylinder with as much as 308kW/500Nm on tap, along with a dual-clutch transmission and an updated quattro all-wheel drive system. Expect body and aesthetic tweaks as well.

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