Want the Audi S and RS you’ve wanted but don’t have the cash for a new one?
Don’t be too down. Some of us want a high performance car from the manufacture who gave us all-wheel-drive. Might not be the case today, but it’s good to know that the high-performance models from that manufacture have produced discreet, powerful, and rather quick cars. So what 4 tips can we give you when you are looking out for Audi S and RS models?
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The cheap jump into the S sector? The Audi S3.
Well, the cheap jump into the world of Audi S and RS models doesn’t have to start expensive. The first to start is always the little S3, which you could find for about the £5,000 mark. All S3s of this generation come with a 1.8 4-pot turbo producing 222 bhp. Meaning that that engine will push this car from 0-60 in 6.6 seconds, and on towards a top speed of 151. Not completely slow in terms of today, but still able to keep up with some hot hatches.
The main concern, while Audi is famed for their reliability, is always summed up in one word – electrics. The multifunction display will always have dead pixels, the back-up battery for the alarm will drive you mad when it runs out of charge, and brake and clutch sensors will eventually fail. Also, like every German car manufacture to ever build a car, some parts for German cars are often expensive, and this is no exception.
Think it’s worth the plunge? Well, here’s the advert for the black S3 we found. It’s done 65548 miles, and more importantly, a manual.
The cheap jump into the RS sector? The Audi RS 6 Avant.
The S3 is a genuine future classic. It’s good looks and rather discrete. But spend an extra £4,000 can let you into another powerful and discrete Audi S and RS estates that has twice as many cylinders and an extra turbo. I’m talking about the C7 Audi RS6 Avant.
While on the subject of complete Audi electric failures, even the RS6 has it’s mechanical ones as well. With one component. The gearbox. The ZF gearbox in this generation of RS6 was rubbish, and a new one is going to set you back at least £4,000. All because of that gearbox from an A8 6.0 W12. Given that Audi had forgotten to tell you it had to be serviced, didn’t work.
Still tempted to buy it? Well, the one we found for £8,995 is probably the one.
The spending more but still cheap jump of S models? The Audi S6 5.2.
While the S3 and the RS6 Avant have that discreet box ticked, and well, there is always something better. A car that has a Lamborghini engine fitted to it. It goes from 0-60 in 4.8 seconds. That seats 4. A car that you can buy on your drive right now for about £10,000. The C6 S6.
The C6 is still too new to develop any problems, and most owners who have had their S6s have had them well maintained. The only thing that will put anyone off with a car like this is the high servicing costs for that engine.
Tempted? Well, the one we found for £13,000 is the one to go for.
The spending more but still cheap jump of RS models? The B7 Audi RS4.
Well, BlackPanthaa’s got one. James May drove this. The original Top Gear trio loved the engine in this. I like it. It’s the B7 Audi RS4. Mind you, I do like it. You can find one on your drive for about £15,000.
If you are planning on buying an early example, check for carbon deposits with the owner. The easy way to check this is to see if the engine idles lumpily. Also, check if the cruise control works. For some reason, the people behind the gearbox have done a brilliant job, but the people behind the cruise control haven’t.
Tempted? You can buy the saloon version, but have a go at the estate version to store extra space for the children.
Now, it’s your turn.
What Audi S and RS models do you think we can buy at any budget?