Since its birth in 1909, Audi has been a pioneer of the motor industry, delivering model after model of outstanding cars. Here we take a look back on Audi’s RS range and how it has evolved over time. RS, as you may know, stands for Rennsport, German for “racing sport”; and the RS range, with its sleek, athletic, high performance models, has certainly lived up to its name. Here’s a list of some of our favourites.
Audi RS2 Avant (B4, 1994)
The RS2 Avant was an out landish adaptation of the Audi 80–based S2, and was co-developed with Porsche. The wagon was actually equipped with the 993-generation 911′s indicators, exterior mirrors, fog lights, and wheels. The engine was an extremely high-output version of Audi’s turbocharged 2.2-liter straight-five making 315 hp, connected to a six-speed manual. The RS2 Avant reached speeds of up to 163 mph; breaking the German motor industry’s agreement to restrict top speeds to 155 mph. Audi created a number of RS2 variations, but only the Avant was eventually available for sale.
Audi RS6 Sedan/Avant (C5, 2002)
In 2002, Audi took the RS idea a step further and launched the A6-based RS6 sedan and Avant range. The new models had a wider body, a newly designed exhaust (two large oval pipes, one of either side of the rear fascia) and aluminum mirror caps.The engine was a twin-turbocharged 4.2-liter V-8 good for 450 hp, channeled to the wheels through a five-speed automatic; the car’s top speed was a 155 mph. The first RS6 was loud and aggressive, providing inspiration for the upcoming C7 RS6; another innovation in modern car design.
Audi RS5 (8T, 2010)
The RS5 kicked off with a reconfiguration of the previous RS4′s naturally aspirated 4.2-liter V-8 engine, boosted to 450 hp. It currently exists only with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, and offers minimal changes to the original RS models, in order to satisfy early customers. Only the headlights and taillights have been changed, while the other classic RS details remain intact. The RS flavor certainly gives the comfortable A5/S5 a meaner edge, transforming it into an ultra speedy sports car. Speculators have said that the next RS5 is sure to be turbocharged.
Audi RS Q3 Concept (2012)
The RS Q3 Concept was previewed at the Beijing auto show this April, to largely positive reactions. The engine is a 360-hp variation of Audi’s 2.5-liter straight-five turbo, and the front flaps plus the glossy black details are aspects that we will see carried through to future RS models. You can expect a series-production model in the near future.
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