The Audi S model range has been extended with two new variants – the Audi S3 Sportback and the Audi S Q5, which Audi say is part of the thirteen S model line-up that will be completed by the end of 2014.
The S model line-upAlso available to order is the S3 Sedan which is due to be introduced in South Africa in May 2014, completing the A3 sedan range offering.
The second quarter will further see the launch of the 200 kW Audi TTS Special Edition, of which South Africa will be receiving 25 units of the 500 available globally.
This exclusive edition Audi TTS will only be available in a choice of Imola Yellow or Nimbus Grey with the Impulse leather package decorating the interior in grey leather with Imola Yellow stitching.
Launching soon after that will be the newly improved Audi S8, followed by the Audi S1 in the second half of the year, and finally the S3 Cabriolet will be added to the drop-top family for the first time.
The third-generation Audi S3 SportbackThe S3 Sportback made its first official debut at the 2013 Johannesburg Motor Show. It makes use of a 1984cc four-cylinder 2.0 TFSI engine which delivers 206 kW at 5500rpm and 380 Nm from 1800 to 5 500rpm.
Using the six-speed S tronic gearbox allows the S3 to sprint from zero to 100 km/h in five seconds, with an electronically governed top speed of 250km/h.
Combined fuel consumption is rated at 6.9-litres/100km with CO2 emissions of 159 g/km.
The following equipment is offered as standard on the S3 Sportback: 18-inch five-parallel-spoke design cast aluminium alloys, Xenon Plus headlights, S sports suspension, progressive steering system with dynamic ratio, cruise control, auto dimming interior rear view mirror, Bluetooth with audio streaming and voice control, brushed stainless steel pedals, S3 Sport seats, and S3 instrumentation in grey with turbo-boost indicator. S3 decals can also be seen on the multifunctional sports steering wheel with large shift paddles, door-sill trim and on the rear boot lid.
The Audi SQ5 TDIThe first ever Audi S model in the Q range – the Audi SQ5 TDI is also the first S model with a twin-turbo V6 diesel engine.
The performance SUV features attractive design characteristics such as restyled front and rear bumpers, a roof spoiler, and black brake callipers at the front with SQ5 badging.
Boosted by two turbochargers, its 3.0 TDI delivers 230 kW of power and 650 Nm of torque between 1 450 and 2 800 rpm.
Acceleration from 0-100 km/h takes just in 5.1 seconds before reaching a governed top speed of 250km/h. Fuel consumption is on average 6.8-litres/100km with CO2 emissions of 179 g/km. Transferring power of the V6 diesel to the road is a eight-speed tiptronic and quattro permanent all-wheel drive with torque vectoring.
Sports suspension lowers the vehicle body by 30 millimetres, while it is fitted with 20-inch wheels as standard.
Standard specification which will be available with the Audi S Q5 includes 20-inch S-design alloy wheels, MMI 3G Navigation Plus, Audi connect on-line services (including Google Earth navigation and Wi-Fi hotspot), S-design flat-bottom steering wheel with paddles, exhaust sound actuator, S-design interior trim, S-embossed front sport seats in alcantara/leather, twin exhaust tailpipes, S-design front and rear bumpers and S-design side sills.
Audi S model range price in South AfricaAudi S3 Sportback quattro S tronic – R500 500
Audi S Q5 TDI quattro tiptronic – R794 500
Both models are available with the standard five-year/100 000km Audi Freeway Plan.