Audi refreshes its portfolio as its go-faster division officially announces the release of six new RS models by the end of 2018. That’s quite a huge number of cars to develop simultaneously. Now, should main competitors BMW and Mercedes-Benz be wary of Audi’s upcoming projects?
Ex-Lamborghini boss, and now Audi Sport’s CEO, Stephan Winkelmann confirms this news in an interview with Car & Driver, just after saying that he was not interested in developing the Sports Quattro and had other things to focus on. He continues by saying that they are working on a crossover that is due in no time. Here, he refers to the upcoming Q-badged models that will top the current RS models.
So let us discuss these models one by one. Although Winkelmann did not specify which SUVs, it’s not that hard to guess. In fact, the company did mention in 2015 that an RS Q5 and Q7 would be a good idea. Other than that, they did release a concept earlier this month at the Geneva Motor Show, which they called the Q8 Sport Concept. Therefore, this may already be hinting at a possible RS version of the unreleased SUV.
Winkelmann also added that the new models will all have a gasoline engine as it is more practical in terms of tapping the global market. However, since the upcoming models have not been named yet, we can not really talk about technical specifications yet.
If we guessed right (and I hope we did), and an RS Q5 is going to be released, it will most likely be having a biturbo 2.9-liter V6 engine, yielding up to 450 horsepower (336 kilowatts) and 442 pound-feet (600 Newton-meters) of torque. And both the RS Q7 and RS Q8 duo will probably have a biturbo 4.0-liter V8 engine similar to its competitors - the next generation Porsche Cayenne Turbo S and Lamborghini Urus.
The RS models are not limited to SUVs only, the other three will be the following: the RS4 Avant, the RS5 Cabrio, and a first-ever RS5 Sportback is also believed to make its way. All of which will be updated until the end of next year.
Well, it is smart of Audi Sport to release a wide variety of RS-badged vehicles. By doing so, each model will probably be so different from one another that every one will cater to certain customers’ needs. We wonder when they will give us a preview of these models as 2018 is not so far from now considering it is almost the second quarter of 2017. The end of 2018 might seem like a long time for you guys, but time flies!