It has been revealed that Audi Sport is setting up the final touches on what could be the newest member of the brand’s RS range. This comes just after Audi unveiled at the recently concluded 2017 Geneva Motor Show the new 2018 RS5 Coupe. Spotted lately has been the RS4 Avant which is undergoing the final stages of testing.
The question on everyone’s mind right now though is what is going to follow the RS4 Avant. X-Tomi Design though has presented a possible rendering of a Sportback version and even a RS5 Shooting Brake. The latter however is done more out of fun as there is little or no possibility that it will ever be developed.
To be clear though, Audi did not say that it will be coming out with a RS5 Sportback. However, fans have seen a dealer presentation conducted in Norway showing that this version is presently included in the pipeline. In the same presentation, it was also disclosed that the RS5 Coupe is expected to be in assembly lines by June. The RS4 Avant is then expected to be in the assembly line by December with a potential premiere during this September’s Frankfurt Motor Show. Should the brand proceed with the RS5 Cabriolet, or even the RS5 Sportback, either one could arrive sometime in 2018.
Regardless of the actual version that will come out, all of them will be powered with the 2.9-liter bi-turbo V6 engine capable of delivering 450 hp (331 kW). Maximum torque delivered to the Quattro AWD meanwhile is 442 lb.-ft. (600 Nm).
But with the RS SUV strategy being implemented by Audi, the release of these new RS models is just the beginning. While the actual models have yet to be confirmed, it is possible that these will be the Q5 and the Q7. It is even possible that it will include the Q8. The Q5 is likely to have the same V6 engine though the larger SUVs will have the 4.0-liter bi-turbo V8 engine.
There is also talk that a hypercar may be developed that is higher than the R8 though for now it appears to be more of a concept. However, should Audi Sport proceed with this project, it will be seen to compete with the Valkyrie from Aston Martin and even the Project One of Mercedes-AMG. That being said, Audi Sport should be aware as well that McLaren has plans to make a successor for the F1 slated for 2019.
The engine inside the RS5 Coupe combined with the low weight of 132 lbs. (60 kg) allows this model to go from zero to 62 mph (0 to 100 km/h) in merely 3.9 seconds. Under the dynamic package, offered as an option, maximum speed in measured at 174 mph (280 km/h).