Time flies while you’re constructing quick automobiles. This yr marks the 25th anniversary of the primary Audi RS mannequin, the RS 2 Avant, and the German model marked the milestone with a visit down reminiscence lane.
The RS 2 Avant was merely the beginning of what the RS badge would evolve into within the years to come back. When it launched in 1994, it was one of many first high-performance wagons and got here with a 311-horsepower turbocharged 5-cylinder engine besides. Since then, Audi’s Quattro division, since renamed Audi Sport, has added one other 24 RS fashions to the badge’s ranks. Right here within the U.S., we have been handled to our personal lineage of RS fashions, however the ripe items of forbidden fruit are the RS four Avant and RS 6 Avant which were provided elsewhere however by no means right here.
Audi celebrates 25 years of RS badge
Right this moment, within the U.S., the RS vary consists of the TT RS roadster, RS 5 coupe and Sportback, and RS three. We’ll quickly get a new RS 7 as effectively. Abroad, Audi additionally presents the TT RS coupe, RS three Sportback, and RS four Avant.
Though RS fashions have are available varied shapes, sizes, and engine configurations, the badge will without end hint its beginnings again to the 5-cylinder engine. Right this moment’s 2.5-liter engine is a cousin of the identical distinct powerplant that pushed Audi rally automobiles and touring automobiles throughout the end line in first place a long time in the past. The engine additionally created the distinctive soundtrack we affiliate with among the most sought-after Audis.
Because the badge turns 25, Audi Sport is not slowing down. Two utterly new additions to the RS lineup are due this yr, and 4 different RS autos will come this yr, too. Right here within the U.S., our fingers remained crossed for the RS 6 Avant to launch on these shores. Audi of America has actively campaigned to convey the mannequin right here and we’ll seemingly get our reply sooner somewhat than later.
Audi celebrates 25 years of RS badge
For these on the opposite aspect of the pond, Audi Sport can also be throwing a bash to rejoice the 25th anniversary. On July 12, the Audi Discussion board in Neckarsulm opened an exhibition with an instance of each RS mannequin ever offered on show. Other than the manufacturing fashions, Audi stated it additionally has 14 uncommon RS fashions, together with the Audi RS Eight that by no means entered manufacturing and a number of race automobiles.
Audi additionally supplied a breakdown of each RS mannequin it has inbuilt its 25-year historical past. These automobiles are listed under:
-Audi RS 2 Avant (1994): 311-hp 2.2-liter turbocharged 5-cylinder
–Audi RS four Avant (2000): 375-hp twin-turbo 2.7-liter V-6
-Audi RS 6 sedan and RS 6 Avant (2002): 444-hp twin-turbo four.2-liter V-Eight, RS 6 Plus 473 hp (restricted to 999 automobiles)
-Audi RS four sedan (2005), RS four Avant (2006), RS four Cabriolet (2006): 414-hp four.2-liter V-Eight
-Audi RS 6 sedan and RS 6 Avant (2008): 572-hp twin-turbo 5.Zero-lliter V-10
–Audi TT RS coupe and TT RS roadster (2009): 335-hp turbocharged 2.5-liter 5-cylinder, from 2012 Plus model has 355 hp
-Audi RS 5 coupe (2010) and RS 5 Cabriolet (2012): 444-hp four.2-liter V-Eight
-Audi RS three Sportback (2011): 335-hp turbocharged 2.5-liter 5-cylinder
-Audi RS four Avant (2012): 444-hp four.2-liter V-Eight
-Audi RS Q3 (2013): 306-hp turbocharged 2.5-liter 5-cylinder, 335 hp from 2014, 362 hp from 2016 in Efficiency model
-Audi RS 6 Avant (2013): 552-hp twin-turbo four.Zero-liter V-Eight, 597 hp from 2015 in Efficiency model
-Audi RS 7 Sportback (2013): 552-hp twin-turbo four.Zero-liter V-Eight, 597 hp from 2015 in Efficiency model
-Audi RS three Sportback (2015): 362-hp turbocharged 2.5-liter 5-cylinder
-Audi TT RS coupe and TT RS roadster (2016): 395-hp turbocharged 2.5-liter 5-cylinder
-Audi RS three sedan (2017): 395-hp turbocharged 2.5-liter 5-cylinder
-Audi RS 5 coupe (2017): 444-hp 2.9-liter twin-turbo V-6
-Audi RS four Avant (2017): 444-hp 2.9-liter twin-turbo V-6
-Audi RS 5 Sportback (2018): 444-hp 2.9-liter twin-turbo V-6