In May 2012, Audi trademarked the “RS8” nameplate, confirming that the Audi A8 will indeed get a more powerful version. Still, until now our spy photographers have yet to catch this car testing, so it is time to start speculating a little bit about this future sports luxury sedan.
The trademark was not the only confirmation coming from Audi about its plans to expand the RS lineup. At the beginning of this year Audi confirmed that in the upcoming months, we are going to see more RS models launched onto the market with the RS7 being the first one and the Q3 RS to follow.
The question racing through everyone’s mind is how powerful does Audi want to make the RS8, considering the new S8 already received an amazing 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine with an output of 520 horsepower.
Updated 02/11/2013: Today we have created a rendering of the upcoming Audi RS8 — you can see it above. We hope you like it!
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Audi is dead set on hitting their goal of 1.5 million annual sales and expanding in markets like China, Germany, and the United States by 2015. In order to achieve this, its lineup needs to stay fresh, so Audi has gone trademark crazy with Q6, Q8, R6, S2, S9, RS1, and RS8 names getting snagged.
As you can see, some of these name are rather familiar, like the Q6, RS1, and RS8. The other four names are completely new; we’ve never even heard rumors about them. Speculatively speaking, the S2 will be a sportier version of the upcoming A2, and the S9 name gives us hope for an A9 in the near future. As for the R6, it is believed to be the company’s new sports car that will be placed under the current R8. This vehicle was previously rumored to be called either the R4 or R5. Only time will tell if any one of these names will stick.
As for the Q8, it will be an SUV placed above the current Q7. It is set to become the largest and most luxurious SUV Audi has ever offered.