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Audi Teases Six New Hardcore RS Models Coming This Year

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Can you guess what they are?

Audi Sport recently celebrated the 25th anniversary of its iconic RS model line. Its first car, the RS2, launched back in 1994 and the performance division has built 25 new RS models since then. Today, Audi Sport's output is showing no signs of slowing down, as the company has released a teaser image confirming that as many as six new Audi RS models will launch this year. However, it's important to highlight that not all of these will be all-new models.

On the far left, Audi appears to be teasing the new next-generation Audi RS6 Avant to slot above the S6. We spied the high-performance wagon earlier this year, and rumors suggest it could use the Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid's powertrain producing as much as 700 horsepower. Alternatively, it could pack a tuned version of the Audi's 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 producing around 600-650 hp.

Unlike its predecessor, the new RS6 Avant is expected to arrive in the US, which is a relief since sporty wagons have remained forbidden fruit in the past, but Audi hasn't confirmed availability yet. The new Audi RS7 Sportback's reveal is also long overdue as prototypes were spotted over a year ago. Audi already sells the RS7 Sportback, so it's safe to say its successor will be available Stateside as well.

It's a different story for the RS Q3 Sportback, however, which can also be seen in the teaser photo, Audi has already confirmed it won't be bringing it to America, but we're keeping our fingers crossed that its RS sibling won't suffer the same fate since it's expected to have around 400 hp on tap.

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One of the other cars lurking in the shadows is likely to be the new RS4 Avant facelift. Spy shots have shown it will benefit from sharper styling, redesigned headlights and taillights, and a new grille, but the wagon's 444-hp, twin-turbo 2.9-liter V6 engine is likely to carry over. Again, Audi hasn't confirmed if it will be sold in the US. Traditionally, the RS4 Avant has been forbidden fruit in America much to our annoyance, but Audi has hinted it's considering selling more sporty wagons Stateside.

Last but not least, the largest vehicle shown in the teaser is most likely the flagship Audi RS Q8. Being based on the same platform as the Lamborghini Urus means it will likely utilize the same 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine tuned to produce around 650 hp. Audi hasn't said when the covers will come off each new RS model, but September's 2019 Frankfurt Auto Show is just around the corner.