Audi kicked off the 2018 season of its Sports activities automobile Expertise with a lot panache on the Buddh Worldwide Circuit final week. OVERDRIVE was there, and whereas we have been hoping for some extra motion, the handful of laps I managed to place in, in a few quick Audis didn’t disappoint. The Audi Sports car Expertise was first held in India again in 2012 and has been a part of the German automobile maker’s occasion calendar yearly since. Automobiles on the menu this yr included the Audi RS6 Avant and the Audi RS7 Efficiency, together with the Audi R8 V10 Plus as additionally the lately launched Audi RS5. Whereas the RS5 and Audi R8 have been to be pushed on the racetrack, the RS6 and RS7 have been a part of the dealing with take a look at, as this system has all the time included a separate dealing with take a look at aside from giving attendees a chance to let the ponies free on observe.
I first tackled the dealing with course, a brief circuit consisting of a few tight chicanes and a protracted left handed nook adopted by a slalom and a braking space, made within the parking zone behind the paddock. The primary lap was completed with traction management on whereas the second, a timed lap, was completed with traction management off! The RS7 Efficiency, simply to remind you is powered by a V8 TFSI engine (twin turbocharged V8 petrol) that produces 605PS. Evidently, Quattro (Audi’s full-time all-wheel drive system that sends energy to all 4 wheels) retains issues in verify, however turning traction management off means you are out by yourself.
The RS7 was lurched forward angrily as I launched it, taking off like a projectile. Dealing with a close to two-tonne automobile round a good course seemed like a little bit of a problem however the RS7 Efficiency managed to make it via fairly simply. Steering suggestions might have been higher, however the steering did really feel exact, serving to me make fast directional adjustments. I managed to get throughout the course in 20.four seconds, which was the second quickest lap time. Not unhealthy, eh? Subsequent up was the identical train within the RS6 Avant, powered by the identical engine, however makes barely lesser energy (560PS) and can also be barely heavier. It felt almost as competent regardless of the heft, although it was barely extra enjoyable because of the truth that it wiggled its huge rump round a bit extra.
Finished with the dealing with course, I moved to the pit lane, the place the brand new RS5 and the final technology Audi R8 V10 Plus awaited us. I hoped to pilot the brand new technology R8 V10, however that wasn’t on the menu. Nonetheless, having pushed the final technology R8 on a number of events I knew the expertise can be enjoyable. With a naturally aspirated V10 bellowing proper behind my head the acoustics have been good, as was the truth that Quattro made placing all the automobile’s 550PS down very straightforward. The responses from the motor coupled with these from the quick-responding S-tronic twin clutch gearbox made the automobile fast, and the R8 certainly felt at residence lapping the 5.12km lengthy Buddh Worldwide Circuit.
On condition that we have been in a convoy I used to be solely capable of hit 230kmph on the speedometer, although I’ve crossed the 250kmph mark within the very automobile beforehand and knew that if I have been to nail flip three on the BIC appropriately, getting a a lot greater high whack on the 1.2km lengthy again straight is simple. What shone via these two laps within the R8 was the automobile’s good stability, as additionally the wonderful grip from the Vredestein tyres across the corners. The light-weight carbon fibre bodywork helped make mild of the corners whereas the bolstering from the seat made positive I used to be in place on a regular basis.
I would saved the most recent of the lot for the final 2018 Audi RS5. After the R8 one would anticipate a smaller engined, extra inexpensive comparatively that’s sportscar just like the RS5 to really feel feebler, however that was removed from the reality. The brand new technology RS5 is powered by Audi’s new 2.9-litre V6, turbocharged petrol engine that churns out 450PS together with a extremely spectacular 600Nm. The end result was efficiency that was manic, although energy supply was actually friendlier than the R8, which made the RS5 so much simpler to drive quick. This could make it straightforward to drive laborious, even for drivers but to chop their enamel within the fascinating world of efficiency automobiles. I have not pushed the brand new RS5 on the highway but, however my little rendezvous with it on observe tells me the automobile takes the final technology automobile’s legacy ahead properly.
I would all the time preferred the earlier technology RS5 for its versatility and luxury it had a fire-breathing, naturally aspirated V8 below its hood that sounded wonderful, provided critical horsepower and in addition boasted glorious dealing with creds, making it nice for informal observe days. On the similar time the automobile was extraordinarily comfy and all the time up for both being pushed round city or hitting the freeway. The brand new one might have traded the V8 for a turbocharged V6 however hasn’t given up its ferociousness, neither has it given up its ease of driving. The brand new RS5 coupe retails at Rs 1.1 crore ex-showroom and makes for an fascinating case for itself on the value, if in search of a sports car that is fast and handles properly, with out buying and selling on a regular basis practicality and luxury. And as for the Audi Sports car Expertise, in case you love quick automobiles, you need to attend it! Keep tuned to OVERDRIVE for info on upcoming editions of the Audi Sports car Expertise.