Be ready for more hot Audi cars! The German producer is making some plans. He will double the lineup of its RS performance division within 18 months. Autocar reported that, quoting a interview with division boss Stephan Winklemann.
The global RS lineup includes seven models at the moment also with R8. The other six are the RS 6 Avant, RS 7, RS Q3, RS 3 Sedan, and TT RS coupe and convertible.
Winklemann didn’t indicate what Audi models would be also at the the RS lineup
Winklemann didn’t indicate what Audi models would be also at the the RS lineup. Autocar’s list is short and involves the A1, A4, Q5, and an edgier R8. The A5 and A8 shouldn’t be excluded, either.
The opportunities for the RS brand outspread notably at the beginning of this year thanks to an new inner organization. The shuffle set Audi’s appearance and customization arms — Quattro, RS, Audi Exclusive. So as the buyer-facing side of Audi Sport — below one roof (and Winkelmann’s leadership). Though the broader scope gives Winkelmann the bandwidth needed to build RS into a more significant challenger for Mercedes’ AMG, he’s looking in a different direction.
“We are not going to do what they do,” he said. “We have a lot of plans but are not revealing them yet. It is preferable to under-promise and over-deliver.”
For simile, AMG’s world sales became twice bigger in a few years to 80,000. All of that thanks to a portfolio which is growing. In the meantime, Winklemann is hoping that RS sales will clear the 20,000 mark till the end of the year thanks to double-digit growth.
Besides of the direction Audi is going with the RS brand and number of models that end up offered in the U.S., we accept the advent of performance that is more oriented to hardware from Ingolstadt.