Audi Says 8 More RS or R Models Coming in Next 2 Years
On the eve of the 2017 New York International Auto Show, Audi said it will unveil eight new models in the next 24 months from its recently minted Audi Sport division — formerly Audi Quattro — responsible for R and RS models.
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Two of those cars, the RS 3 sedan and TT RS coupe, will debut at the auto show. A third car, the just-unveiled RS 5, has been approved for U.S. sales, reprising a nameplate last sold here in 2015. Start salivating, enthusiasts: That means that by the time the Easter Bunny shows up in 2019, Audi will have five more R or RS cars on tap.
Given the performance figures for the first three, the whole group should pack serious performance. The RS 3 and TT RS share a turbocharged five-cylinder that's good for 400 horsepower and zero-to-60 mph times of 3.9 and 3.6 seconds, respectively. The 450-hp RS 5 has no acceleration times yet, but Scott Keogh, president of Audi's U.S. arm, told reporters today that he's "pretty confident 3.5 [or] 3.6 seconds is what it will do."
The timeframe doesn't necessarily indicate on-sale dates, Audi spokeswoman Amelia Fine-Morrison told Cars.com, and the eight could include derivatives of other RS or R models — so a convertible variant, for example. Stick-shift purists will have to look elsewhere: Stephan Winkelmann, CEO of Audi Sport, told us that none of the eight will offer a manual transmission, given "it would be almost impossible" to develop a stick shift that could handle all their torque.