The RS series models will be the flagship Audi performance offerings, but the Audi Sport division is actually looking to introduce eight new models in a mere 24 months, according to recent reports.
Audi Sport has been presented by the Ingolstadt-based automaker as a complete “new” brand, but it’s actually replacing the former Quattro GmbH and also gaining some insights from the motorsports division. The North American debut is being featured at the New York Auto Show, where they came up with the RS3, RS5 Coupe, and TT RS. They also brought there a limited series of 200 examples of the Audi Sport Edition R8. The supercar has been dressed in the performance division’s signature colors – most of the body is offered in Mythos Black, Ibis White, or a choice of matte or gloss finishes of Floret Silver. The sideblades and mirrors are Brilliant Red, while additional contrast comes from the Titanium Black front spoiler, grille, and diffuser.
Interestingly enough, according to Audi Sport executives Filip Brabec and Stefan Reil, the RS models feature “a complete switch in strategy. In the past, you had the car, the RS model, right at the end of the lifecycle.” Now they get developed right from the start – for example the RS3. In addition, the Audi Sport brand will make a distinction between the RS models and the S cars. “S model is much more attainable, more mainstream in that regard,” Brabec adds. RS, is “the cherry on the cake,” assures Reil.