Are You Ready? Audi Sport Promises Eight New U.S. Models By 2020
It looks like we’ll finally be getting the RS models that we’ve always wanted.by Robert Moore, on
The basis for Audi Sport has been around since 1983 but operated under the name Quattro GmbH, a name that paid tribute to the original Audi Quattro – a rally-inspired road car that changed the Audi changed the Audi brand forever. Well, Audi had to keep up with the times and spruce things up a bit, so in 2016, the Quattro brand was renamed to Audi Sport. Now, in 2017, The Audi Sport name has been established here in the U.S., and it all happened at the New York Auto Show. What’s really important, however, isn’t the introduction of Audi Sport here in the U.S. but what it means for those of us with an RS itch that just can’t be scratched.
Up until now, the only Audi Sport or RS models you could get in the states have been limited to the R8, R8 Spyder, and the RS7. We’ve had to sit and watch in agonizing pain as other markets, like Germany, get a much wider lineup that includes the RS 3 Sportback, RS3 Limo, RS 5 Coupe, RS 6 Avant, RS7 Sportback, TT RS Coupe, and the TT RS Roadster. That’s a whole lineup of sexy, race-tuned performance for the taking, but as I said, we haven’t had the luxury. All that is about to change though, thanks to the introduction of Audi Sport here in the U.S. To kick things off in the U.S., we’re going to get the 2017 R8 V10 Spyder, and for the first time ever, we’re going to get the RS 3. Later on, we’ll be getting the RS 5 Coupe – a model that’s powered by a brand-new 2.9-liter V-6 with 450 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. Audi promises that it’ll be able to get you to 62 mph in all of 3.9 seconds.
But, that’s not all we’re getting. According to Audi, we’ll see a total of eight new Audi Sport models unleashed on the U.S. market over the next 24 months. There’s no word as to what models these will be outside of what we’ve already discussed, but it sure will be nice to have an RS option that doesn’t set you back six figures, don’t you think?
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It’s A Big Deal
We’ve had to sit idly by while other markets have gotten the best Audi has to offer, with the exception of the RS 7 and R8, of course. But now, we’ll finally be able to get our hands on a TT RS or an RS 5, and who knows what else. With any luck, Audi will bring the full RS lineup to the U.S., and it could all happen by the turn of the decade. That’s pretty cool to think about and definitely something to look forward to if you’re an Audi fan. And, it’s a big deal for those who have bene craving more power from the brand.
Think about this for a minute. Say you’re shopping the Audi A3 and S3. You’ll be sad to find that the best you can get is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with a fair, but mundane 292 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. It’s enough for a 4.1-second sprint to 60, but for some of us, that just isn’t enough. If Audi Sport brings the RS 3 to the market, we’ll have a much better option. In current form, the RS 3 limo pumps out 394 horsepower from a 2.5-liter and can hit 62 mph in 4.1 seconds. Now that’s something to write home about. I’ve always found the S-models to be somewhat underpowered considering there’s much better performance offered overseas, and that will finally be a thing of the past. I can’t wait to see what Audi sport brings to the market.
But, what about you? What RS models would you like to see hit U.S. soil in the next two years? Let us know in the comments section below.
Read our full review on the Audi RS5 here.