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Audi gears up for six new RS models in 2019

Audi has confirmed that we'll get six new RS cars in 2019 to celebrate 25 Years of RS Models. The SUV-orientated RS expansion will include a hot Q3, new Q3 Sportback and Q8.

The darkened image shows six models that are set to wear the RS badge and all will be revealed in the next four months.

Set to feature as new RS models are the new Q3 and Q3 Sportback, along with a facelifted RS4 that will round up the new A4 range. A range-topping RS Q8 is also very likely to feature.

With the success of performance SUV ranges from rivals such as BMW M, Mercedes-AMG and even with the launch of the CUPRA brand, it certainly shows there's a market for them.

Oliver Hoffmann, the new managing director at Audi Sport has previously confirmed that Audi Sport will start offering top of the range RS version of almost every SUV model in the Audi range.

“We have to stretch our portfolio and the SUV segment is the segment with the most growth. There is high demand from our customers for high-performance SUVs. The RS Q8 we will launch this year. There is really, really high demand for this type of car.” - Oliver Hoffmann

The new Q3 Sportback is the coupe version to the Q3, this new compact-coupe SUV will join the range with an RS badge along with the RS6 and RS7 and is said to be revealed next month at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Electrification is also rumoured to play a key role in enhancing performance in Audi's RS SUV models, this isn't surprising. Hybrid powertrains can offer much more efficient and powerful performance over a standard engine and this seems to be a recurring theme throughout the motoring industry. Performance brand CUPRA has recently revealed its take on the hybrid SUV with the new CUPRA Formentor, a high-performance plug-in hybrid SUV.

In a recent interview at the recent Nürburgring 24-hour endurance race, former CEO Michael-Julius Renz said “If you have the SUV segment with the higher weight, it’s easier to implement a hybrid drivetrain. It’s easier because of the packaging and the higher weight, For sure, we will increase electric for our RS models in the future.”

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Posted on 8th August 2019 at 10:12 AM

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