Audi trademarks new nameplates: Q6, Q8, R6, S2, S9, RS1 and RS8

Article by Christian Andrei, on May 16, 2012

Audi has filed papers in order to protect the trademark of its new car models in Europe. Its seven new car names will enter the very competitive market in this region as part of a plan to be the biggest luxury automaker in the world. The seven names include Q6, Q8, R6, S2, S9, RS1 and RS8. These cars, just like the cars such as the Q6, have been known to exist but these are still in their testing stages for now, while others like the S9 are not even being considered yet.

It’s likely that the R6, a variant of Audi’s mid-engine super car the R8, will likely ride on a smaller platform and would be cheaper too. Q6 and Q8 are the brand’s newest, with Q6 being launched to go up against BMW’s X6 crossover. The Q8 is being positioned as the biggest, most luxurious SUV in Audi’s lineup. The names S2 and S9 imply that the brand will present two more cars into the lineup, to be named A2 and A9.

The S2 and S9 will be the sports performance version of these cars. It was also rumoured that there would be a model positioned higher than the current flagship A8. The use of the S2 name implies a vehicle that’s exciting and offers an impressive performance. Recently, the small hot hatch, the RS1, was spotted. It’s possible that it won’t have a traditional non-performance version.

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