According to the latest gossip across the rumor mill, the Audi RS division manager has reportedly confirmed the model range will grow from seven models in the present to 15 in 2018.
Audi Sport, the rivaling performance brand to Mercedes’ AMG and BMW’s M, will increase its RS performance model count in the coming year and a half, as per hints coming from the division’s new boss, Stephan Winkelmann. If we take into account the latest introductions – the R8 and the hardcore coupe and open top TT versions – Audi can fit under the RS badge a total of seven cars today. “There is more to come,” the manager said. “We have one company, one name and we have a brand. But we will remain exclusive.” The older RS badged models are the A3, Q3, TT, A6 and A7.
There are no details which other families will be getting one of the other eight RS badges, but we can bet on the A1, A4 or Q5 – and also think about a hardcore version of the R8. Winkelmann was the top dog at Lamborghini before taking up Audi Sport – which encompasses now the RS models, the Quattro, Audi Exclusive and the customer car division of Audi Sport. “We are not going to do what they do,” talking about the AMG division who’s sales are currently soaring. “We have a lot of plans but are not revealing them yet. It is better to under-promise and over-deliver.”