Audi Sport Teases Six New RS Models - Here’s What They Are
Audi Sport Plans an RS invasion with six astounding models developing from 414 to 670 horsepowerby Safet Satara, on
While Audi surprised the motoring world with the introduction of the diesel-powered S models some time ago, its Audi Sport GmbH subsidiary shares the first info about the next generation of the RS models. We only have one official photo to go after, but it is enough to disclose what Audi Sport plans to do. The Germans will gift us with up to six fantastic RS models in the future including the likes of RS Q3, RS Q3 Sportback, RS7 Sportback, RS6 Avant, Audi RS Q8, and RS4 Avant facelift.
Maintaining the exclusivity and extreme approach to car design, Audi Sport GmbH will honor 25 years of RS history with six new, super-competent models. Never before have we witnessed such a comprehensive list of RSs in one place. While all of them will be available in Europe at basically the same time, Americans won’t be as lucky. Do not expect to see the RS Q3 Sportback here. Expect, however, to see the Audi RS6 Avant. Excitement ON about that one. It will be one of those bizarrely fast wagons. Something you just have to like.
Spy photographers are almost tired of the latest Audi RS Q3 stretching its legs at the Nürburgring. We have already heard the growl of its engine, the intensity of its acceleration, and the shape of its muscles. While we do not know for sure what will land under its bonnet, I can make a precise educated guess.
The new Audi RS Q3 - the one that sits first on this dark Audi pic - has a 2.5-liter, turbocharged engine under its bonnet. In its latest application, the engine develops 394 horsepower (294 kW).
With the tricked out quattro system, launch control, and massive 19-inch wheels, this small crossover could rewrite the rules of sanity as it accelerates to 60 mph (96 km/h) in less than 4 seconds. The first RS Q3 had many talents. Its Performance version with 362 horsepower managed to accelerate to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 4.4 seconds. The new one will supposedly do much more than that.
|0-60 mph||3.9 seconds|
|Top Speed||155 mph|
|Closest competitor||Mercedes-AMG GLA 35|
Read our full speculative review on the 2020 Audi RS Q3
Rolling on the same chassis and in much the same guise as the RS Q3, the Audi RS Q3 Sportback enjoys the same sweetmeats as the regular RS Q3. It only looks a tad neater with that swept back, almost fastback-ish rear end. I am sure Audi Sport will insist on drizzling it with a tad more pizzaz for only slightly more intense performance. I am thinking 0-60 mph (96 km/h) in 3.8 seconds for this one.
The real deal would be the removal of the top speed limiter.
With 394 horsepower, the RS Q3 Sportback could slash past 170 mph (274 km/h) on the Autobahn. Imagine such a small Audi zipping next to you at that speed. By the way, we drove the RS3 Sportback some time ago. And it was scary. I do not doubt that it will be even more terrifying in the higher-riding RS Q3 Sportback.
|0-60 mph||3.8 seconds|
|Top Speed||155 mph (170 mph without the limiter)|
|Closest competitor||Mercedes-AMG GLA 35|
Read our full speculative review on the 2020 Audi RS Q3 Sportback
With the RS7 Sportback, we are threading on special terrain. The 4.0-liter, V-8 with up to 597 horsepower should remain the staple of this super-sedan.
However, some reports do suggest that the new RS7 Sportback and the RS6 Avant could go electric.
Not entirely, but in a similar mold as the Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid with a 550-horsepower ICE and 150-horsepower electric motor. If we do end up with two different propulsion methods for the RS7, then I can say with full confidence that Audi looks to fight off the AMG GT 63 S 4-door sedan and the upcoming M8 Gran Coupé.
|0-60 mph||3.3 seconds|
|Top Speed||155 mph|
|Closest competitors||Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S 4-door, upcoming BMW M8 Gran Coupé|
Read our full speculative review on the 2020 Audi RS7 Sportback
Finally, the Audi RS6 Avant could enter the realm of the U.S. market. This super-wagon with the tech similar or equal to the RS7 Sportback should come in guns blazing. I am talking about the 4.0-liter, V-8 engine with 597 horsepower, and 590 pound-feet of torque.
At the very least, you can expect the new RS6 Avant to have the same amount of power as the outgoing European RS6 Avant Performance that tips 597 horsepower.
The thing about the RS6 Avant isn’t necessarily the absurd amount of power, but the fact that it can manage it so well. The likes of quattro, AWD, super-fast transmission, and fantastically engineered chassis transform it from a sensible Autobahn kilometer-eater into a track weapon. Then, there’s the fact of its possible entry on the U.S. market. Talking with Car and Driver, Audi Sport R&D boss Oliver Hoffmann said the following:
"The U.S. market is increasingly interested in real station wagons like the RS6 Avant. Therefore, it is entirely possible that we will bring it back to North America." I would like to see that happen. A lot!
|0-60 mph||3.5 seconds|
|Top Speed||155 mph|
|Closest competitor||2019 AMG E 63 S Estate|
Read our full speculative review on the 2020 Audi RS6 Avant
You may call the Q8 ostentatious, unnecessary, or even ugly, but one thing is sure. It has the presence of a champion. I have had a chance to drive in one, and it felt as I have expected - like winning. Now, the one I sat in had a 3.0-liter TDI engine with 286 horsepower on tap. The Audi RS Q8 won’t have a diesel.
Instead, Audi could look under the bonnet of none other than the Urus, to navigate the way of the 4.0-liter, 641-horsepower engine under the hood of the RS Q8.
After all, the Urus and the RS Q8 could be for the world of SUVs exactly what the Audi R8 and the Huracan are for the world of supercars. There’s, however, another possibility. The Audi RS Q8 could go all hybrid. If it sources the propulsion system from the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid, that will equal to 670 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque. Plus, it would be far greener, which is a huge deal.
With around 27 miles (44 kilometers) of all-electric range and an acceleration frenzy to 60 mph (96 km/h) in less than 4 seconds, this Audi RS Q8 could have greater support in the super-SUV community than the Urus. I mean, think about it. In some eyes, the RS Q8 with a plug-in-hybrid system is more advanced than the ICE-only powered Lambo. Electrifying the RS Q8 could be a smart move really. Audi Sport head, Hoffmann said that “if you have the SUV segment with the higher weight, it’s easier to implement a hybrid drivetrain. It’s easier because of the packaging and the higher weight. For sure, we will increase electric for our RS models in the future.”
|Engine||4.0-liter, V-8 plus an electric motor|
|0-60 mph||3.7 seconds (est)|
|Top Speed||155 mph (186 mph without limiter)|
|Closest competitors||2019 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63, BMW X6 M, Range Rover Sport SVR|
Read our full review on the 2020 Audi RS Q8
The RS4 Avant is kind of like a baby RS6 Avant. It looks dashing, has excellent proportions, and focuses on efficient, but brutal performance. Its 2.9-liter, turbocharged engine with 444 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque gives it the performance that would match that of the early Ferrari F430. That’s brutal. It can also catch 60 mph (96 km/h) in 4.1 seconds.
The new facelifted model Audi Sport plans to introduce before the end of the year will cast a bit different light to the whole Audi Avant adventure.
I expect to see the wider grill, heftier intakes, redesigned lights front and back, and a neater cabin. I feel that the performance could stay at the same level. Changes shown on the recent Audi A4 redesign shows us the way the Audi Sport will take with the Audi RS4 Avant. Sharp styling is one way to go. Especially if Audi Sport looks to introduce it in the U.S. After all, the company considers adding the RS6 Avant in the U.S. Why not the RS4 Avant as well in that case?
|0-60 mph||4 seconds (est)|
|Top Speed||155 mph (170+ mph without limiter)|
|Closest competitors||2019 Mercedes-AMG C-class 63 Estate|
Read our full speculative review on the 2020 Audi RS4 Avant Facelift
When Will We See All of Audi’s New RS Models?
“We have to stretch our portfolio and the SUV segment is the segment with the most growth. There is high demand from our customers for high-performance SUVs. The RS Q8 we will launch this year. There is really, really high demand for this type of car," Audi Sport R&D boss Oliver Hoffmann said in an interview. More importantly, the new generation of RS-badged Audis will see fruition by the end of the year. All of them. This means that six new models should dramatically increase the appeal of the Audi Sport offering. Especially if Audi Sport shows some guts and introduces all of them in the States.