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The Hunt for Unplowed Roads - Audi RS3


THE RS3 ENGINE COMES alive with throaty growl and brawny crackles. Inline five, 2.5-liter turbocharged engine produces addictive sonorous sounds when I rev it. Its glorious noise reverberates through the underground parking garage. Unique 1-2-4-5-3 cylinder firing order gives RS3 an addictive soundtrack.

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Audi has a very accomplished history with five-cylinder engine configuration. It started with 1970’s Audi 100. Between late 1970’s and early 1990’s, Audi used several variants of this five-banger; 1.9 liter, 2.1 liter, and 2.2 liter. Five-cylinder engine combines best attributes of four and six cylinder engines. It generates more power and torque than the four and it sips less fuel and has lighter weight than the six. Furthermore, a turbo charger transforms the five into a mighty machine.

In motorsport, Audi dominated World Rally Championship in 1980’s with five-cylinder Audi Sport quattro. Audi also dominated IMSA GT championship with five-cylinder Audi 90 quattro IMSA GTO. Today, quattro GmbH has a specially trained team producing this very special engine in Gyor, Hungary.

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