Audi's Quattro GmbH steps out of the fringe and into the mainstream to better tackle Mercedes-AMG and BMW M.
While AMG cars wear those letters and BMW M cars are designated as such, Audi’s Quattro division labels its products as R and RS models. Quattro GmbH is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, and as such is planning on expanding its product portfolio at a more suitably rapid pace than it has to date. While Quattro used to only offer one car at a time, it’s rolling out four new models this year, including the RS7 Sportback, RS6 Avant, RS5 Cabrio and RS Q3, along with the RS4 Avant, RS5 coupe and TT RS. But that’s just the start.
The compact A1, new A3, full-size A8 sedan and the Q5 and Q7 crossovers are the only models in Audi’s global line-up yet to receive the RS treatment, and it’s anyone’s guess as to which will come next. (Of those, only the A1 and Q7 haven't bred S models, either.) The news here, however, is how Quattro will be developing their products from now on. According to reports, Quattro GmbH has shortened the development time for RS models from four-five years to two and a half. At that rate, there’s no telling how many high-performance Audis we could expect to come roaring down the Autobahn in the near future.