Audi Sport currently has 12 RS-badged models in its global line-up but the Ingolstadt-based firm’s performance division says it has “many more ideas” up its sleeve.
In a press release detailing the current RS range, Audi Sport says the “RS model offensive is in full swing”.
Audi’s performance subsidiary says in addition to the 12 RS-badged models in its current range (the RS3 Sportback, RS3 Sedan, RS4 Avant, RS5 Coupé, RS5 Sportback, RS6 Avant, RS7 Sportback, TT RS Coupé, TT RS Roadster, RS Q3, RS Q3 Sportback and RS Q8), it “has many more ideas up its sleeves for the near future”.
“Future RS models will enhance the range relatively soon after the launch of the respective base product lines. That means that their characteristics will be defined at a very early stage and that their development will run alongside work on the corresponding product line upon which they are based,” the release added.
“In addition to design, this work will focus on powertrain and suspension. After all, the aim is to bring the sporty DNA that every Audi carries to the fore as much as possible,” it said.
So, what could be on the cards to gain the RS badge next? Well, there’ll certainly be a new RS3 Sportback and RS3 Sedan relatively soon, while earlier rumours suggested the Q5 (and perhaps even the Q7) could be in line to receive the full-fat RS treatment. Audi could also, of course, slap the badge on high-performance versions of the all-electric e-tron and e-tron Sportback. However, the company is unlikely to build an RS1 having already seemingly ruled out an S1 Sportback.
Interestingly, Audi South Africa's website currently lists precisely zero RS-badged models, although a number are scheduled to arrive in local dealers during the second half of 2020 (COVID-19 dependent, of course)...