It appears that Audi wants more performance-oriented RS models to arrive in the United States, according to Audi Quattro General Manager of Development Stephan Reil who spoke at a roundtable interview at the Audi Forum in Ingolstadt, Germany last Tuesday.
The business case for these low-production models is improved due to a more favorable euro-to-dollar exchange rate and increased similarity in emissions regulations.
Audi previously announced that the TT RS will be arriving in the near future and that the RS5 will be released in 2012 as a 2013 model.
The RS5 is set to arrive at a later time since the entire A5 model range will be updated soon and it won’t make much financial sense to spend money to certify a niche model for sale for just one model year.
Audi will not put RS badges on its SUVs – a detail that purists will be happy about. Reil said that the letters 'RS' stand for "ultimate performance, driving dynamics, and what is technically possible.”
He explained that a vehicle has to fit all three qualifiers for it to get an RS badge. The Q7 V12 TDI will not be getting an RS badge because it only meets two criteria.
It isn’t light enough to be able to attain the standards for “driving dynamics.” It is also for this same reason that the A8 will not have an RS model. Reil thinks that this model is too big. However, Reil did mention that there might be a new RS4 next year. [via MotorTrend]