If you missed Audi’s live premiere of the new RS 5 Cabriolet online, then fear not, there was nothing unexpected in the broadcast which was presented by motorsports commentator Martin Haven, together with Audi DTM drivers Rahel Frey and Edoardo Mortara.
On the eve of the 90th annual Pikes Peak hill climb, Audi and Ducati have come together to support the people that help keep their favourite roads safe.
The famous ‘Race to the Clouds’ hill climb at Pikes Peak, Colorado gets underway this weekend and past-winner Audi is celebrating the event with a special edition Audi Sport RS 5 together with a Multistrada 1200S Pikes Peak Edition from newly acquired motorcycle maker, Ducati.
The 90th running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb gets underway in Colorado this weekend, postponed from its original July 8th date by the devastating Waldo Canyon fires which brought havoc and destruction to the region. And Audi USA has cooked up something special to mark 25 years since its most dominant victory.
May 2007 and the Audi R8 was a month away from its UK launch. I sneaked a peak of the first right-hand drive UK car and signed an order within the hour. Then the doubts started to set in.
It counts as a ‘good day’ in our book whenever Audi launches a new RS-model, it used to be a rare occurrence because Audi only made 1 RS model at a time, but that’s all changed and we’ve now got 3 RS Audi’s to choose from, or at least we will when in spring next year the RS 3 Sportback goes on sale.
The timing of this new RS 3 model is nothing if not convenient, with BMW’s 1 Series M Coupe due on sale just 3 months later. In fact there’s plenty more these natural competitors have in common – both are powered by turbocharged engines producing nearly 340 bhp, both are to be priced just under £40k (or maybe slightly over in the BMW’s case), but they’re as near as dammit rivals in the usual apples-and-pears way that Audi’s RS models square off with BMW’s M Cars.