Audi’s current RS range totals to 7 different models and according to Audi Sport’s new boss, Stephan Winkelmann, that is set to double in just 18 months. “There is more to come. We have one company, one name and we have a brand. But we will remain exclusive” he said.
The RS range includes hot versions of the A3, Q3, TT, A6 and A7. That will spread to other models over the next 18 months, but Winkelmann wouldn’t be drawn on which models and when. The A1, A4 and Q5 are likely candidates and a more focused R8 is also a possibility.
The former Lamborghini boss took over the RS brand in February. As part of the development of the business, Quattro, RS, Audi Exclusive and the customer car division of Audi Sport are being rolled into one organisation.
Winkelmann has vowed to develop RS in a different direction from that of AMG, whose sales are soaring.
“We are not going to do what they do,” he said. “We have a lot of plans but are not revealing them yet. It is better to under-promise and over-deliver.”