Quattro’s engineering chief, Stephan Reil, has apparently given some insights into the future product roster of the high-performance division – such as the upcoming RS4 and RS5.
Speaking to the media during the TT RS introduction, the executive in charge with engineering at Audi’s Quattro division has again confirmed the retirement of the naturally-aspirated 4.2-liter V8 when it’s time to present new generations of the RS4 and RS5. The company aims to downsize the situation and will go for a turbocharged V6, though we’re not actually talking about Audi’s new 3.0-liter from the upgraded S4 and S5 models. The company will deliver an RS4 Avant, RS4 Sedan, RS5 Coupe, and RS5 Cabriolet – all of them breathing fire through Porsche Panamera’s new biturbo 2.9-liter V6 which was engineered by the sports car company with some help from Audi.
We also know the mill will also be used in the high performance R8 coupe and roadster as the basis model starting 2018 in the United States, according to a leaked internal roadmap. The Audi version is shrouded in mystery for now, but in the Panamera it develops 440 horsepower (324 kilowatts) at 5,650 rpm and 406 pound-feet (550 Newton-meters) of torque from as low as 1,750 rpm.