The Audi Sport performance unit has recently revealed it will blast through a full model schedule – six RS cars are coming by late next year – and we’re now getting even more details.
Audi Sport’s boss Stephan Winkelmann knows the “CUV shift is due; we are working on it, and you will see it coming” and this means there will be even more Q-badged models are coming online with flagship RS badges. The former Lamborghini chief stopped short of naming them, but it’s really not that difficult to make some educated guesses – we could see RS Q5 and RS Q7 models making sense. This month – during the Geneva Motor Show – the Q8 Sport Concept (pictured) also made its debut as a sportier variant of the already revealed Q8 Concept, so we’re getting the hints towards the production car also getting a performance version.
There are also no technical specifications to discuss yet, but we already know from Stephan Winkelmann all these new RS SUVs will be powered by a gasoline engine. The Audi Sport head believes “diesel will never be the priority” when developing a truly global car. Starting with the RS Q5, we can easily extrapolate on the new RS5 Coupe, which makes use of a biturbo 2.9-liter V6 engine good for 450 hp (336 kilowatts) and 442 pound-feet (600 Newton-meters) of torque.
Via Car & Driver