RS range on way from Audi
Audi’s making more racers, writes KARLA PINCOTT
THE long-held Audi policy of having a single RS model is no more. But don’t expect to see one in every model range any time soon.
The RS — such as the RS4 of a few years ago and the current RS6 — were intended to give Audi a ‘‘halo’’ model.
But that was blown away with the arrival of the firebreathing R8 sportscar, which tops the entire four-ringed stable.
Audi Australia marketing head Immo Buschmann says the R8 killed the policy of having only one RS.
‘‘There are other RS cars coming, but we will not have one in every range because that would dilute its prestige,’’ he says.
Buschmann, who previously cited the single-RS policy when asked about a return of the RS4, says he has learned to never say never.
‘‘Demand dictates supply and if we realise there is potential in the market for a product we’ll look at that,’’ he says.
First cab off the rank to join the RS6 will come in the form of the TT RS, which will see a return of a sporty five-cylinder in the range with a new Volkswagen-sourced 246kW/450Nm twincharger (using turbos and superchargers).
‘‘This is a return to our heritage.
‘‘The five-cylinder engine was something Audi always stood for.
‘‘It was in our first RS model, the RS2 in the early ’90s, so this is a return to our roots.’’
An RS5 is tipped to follow within a year, with a tweaked version of the 4.2-litre V8 that gathered a strong following in the RS4.
But the late and lamented RS4 version of the A4 will not arrive until some time later. ‘‘The RS versions have always come along late in the range’s life,’’ Buschmann says.
‘‘The current A4 range is very new, so it will be some time before we think about an RS4. For the moment it’s the RS5 we’re working on.’’
First to show: Audi’s TT RS is a sporty five-cylinder model.