Even more Audi RSs coming in 2013


Audi is planning to release four new RS models in the new year. And while we already know about the first two – the RS5 Cabriolet and RS6 Avant have both already broken cover – the others have yet to be revealed.

Nothing’s been confirmed as yet but, as has been reported by our colleagues over atAutocar, the two new models are likely to be RS versions of the A7 saloon and Q3 soft-roader.

New RS6's V8 will power the RS7 too
New RS6's V8 will power the RS7 too
The RS7 is widely predicted to be coming first, with a debut as early as next month’s Detroit show mooted. It’ll offer the same 552hp 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 as the RS6, matched to the obligatory quattro drivetrain. Its arrival suggests that there’ll be no RS6 saloon, as such a model would largely be going after the same customers.

The RS Q3, the last of the new batch of RSs, will be the first Audi SUV to the badge. A clear indication of the way this model will look was given by the RS Q3 Concept (above) that was exhibited at this year’s Beijing show. Whether it’ll still retain the concept’s TT-sourced 2.5-litre turbo, with its 360hp power output, remains to be seen – but that looks like the most likely outcome at the moment. The RS Q3 won’t pave the way for larger SUV-based RSs, though, if Audi’s statement onthe matter two years ago is still to be believed. Phew.

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  • Maldini35 23 Dec 2012

    Mr Whippy said:
    Maldini35 said:
    On a cold, wet, winter night with the wife and three kids onboard there's no other car I'd rather be in than an RS4/6.
    Or a 2.0Td equivalent with extra options/toys hehe

    Given the presence of a wife/kids, and the prevailing conditions, surely a 200bhp one doing three times the mpg would be just as good?

    Dave
    yeah, but a lot less fun.

  • Mr Whippy 20 Dec 2012

    Maldini35 said:
    On a cold, wet, winter night with the wife and three kids onboard there's no other car I'd rather be in than an RS4/6.
    Or a 2.0Td equivalent with extra options/toys hehe

    Given the presence of a wife/kids, and the prevailing conditions, surely a 200bhp one doing three times the mpg would be just as good?

    Dave

  • Maldini35 19 Dec 2012

    Dr.jeffs said:
    CarlT said:
    Have you driven one or are basing that purely on what you have read?
    I've driven three audis, an a3 3.2 quattro, a new tt tfsi, and the new a4 tdi. Perhaps i'm saying that becuase that's widely accepted to be true? They aren't good to drive, and for that money i think they bloody well should be! My integra dc5 cost a third of the tt, and was just faster, delivered more feedback, turned in better, had superior ride comfort, had better front end grip, and even being fwd was much more resistant to understeer. It seems they make cars for people who like to seem as if they drive a sports car, but in reality don't care too much about how the car drives. On the plus side, they're all nicely built...
    Hmm I've driven a Honda Jazz and and diesel Civic and wasn't impressed. I therefore conclude your Teg must be a rubbish steer......
    A flaw in your argument I think.

    That aside, to put it bluntly the Audi RS cars aren't aimed at Integra drivers. If you're after the last word in driver feedback and don't mind putting up with a low rent interior then an Audi RS6 probably isn't for you.
    However, if you want a hi-tech, comfortable, 4 wheel drive, 560 bhp missile with unmatched build quality, a great interior and plenty of room for luggage/kids/dog then I suggest you do try an RS6.

    On a cold, wet, winter night with the wife and three kids onboard there's no other car I'd rather be in than an RS4/6. In the same situation a Honda dc5 would be very low down on my list of preferred rides.
    Doesn't make the Integra a bad car, just a very different proposition.

    Different cars for different roles aimed at different people. Simple as that.



  • Maldini35 19 Dec 2012

    Dr.jeffs said:
    CarlT said:
    Have you driven one or are basing that purely on what you have read?
    I've driven three audis, an a3 3.2 quattro, a new tt tfsi, and the new a4 tdi. Perhaps i'm saying that becuase that's widely accepted to be true? They aren't good to drive, and for that money i think they bloody well should be! My integra dc5 cost a third of the tt, and was just faster, delivered more feedback, turned in better, had superior ride comfort, had better front end grip, and even being fwd was much more resistant to understeer. It seems they make cars for people who like to seem as if they drive a sports car, but in reality don't care too much about how the car drives. On the plus side, they're all nicely built...
    Hmm I've driven a Honda Jazz and and diesel Civic and wasn't impressed. I therefore conclude your Teg must be a rubbish steer......
    A flaw in your argument I think.

    That aside, to put it bluntly the Audi RS cars aren't aimed at Integra drivers. If you're after the last word in driver feedback and don't mind putting up with a low rent interior then an Audi RS6 probably isn't for you.
    However, if you want a hi-tech, comfortable, 4 wheel drive, 560 bhp missile with unmatched build quality, a great interior and plenty of room for luggage/kids/dog then I suggest you do try an RS6.

    On a cold, wet, winter night with the wife and three kids onboard there's no other car I'd rather be in than an RS4/6. In the same situation a Honda dc5 would be very low down on my list of preferred rides.
    Doesn't make the Integra a bad car, just a very different proposition.

    Different cars for different roles aimed at different people. Simple as that.



  • Maldini35 19 Dec 2012

    Dr.jeffs said:
    CarlT said:
    Have you driven one or are basing that purely on what you have read?
    I've driven three audis, an a3 3.2 quattro, a new tt tfsi, and the new a4 tdi. Perhaps i'm saying that becuase that's widely accepted to be true? They aren't good to drive, and for that money i think they bloody well should be! My integra dc5 cost a third of the tt, and was just faster, delivered more feedback, turned in better, had superior ride comfort, had better front end grip, and even being fwd was much more resistant to understeer. It seems they make cars for people who like to seem as if they drive a sports car, but in reality don't care too much about how the car drives. On the plus side, they're all nicely built...
    Hmm I've driven a Honda Jazz and and diesel Civic and wasn't impressed. I therefore conclude your Teg must be a rubbish steer......
    A flaw in your argument I think.

    That aside, to put it bluntly the Audi RS cars aren't aimed at Integra drivers. If you're after the last word in driver feedback and don't mind putting up with a low rent interior then an Audi RS6 probably isn't for you.
    However, if you want a hi-tech, comfortable, 4 wheel drive, 560 bhp missile with unmatched build quality, a great interior and plenty of room for luggage/kids/dog then I suggest you do try an RS6.

    On a cold, wet, winter night with the wife and three kids onboard there's no other car I'd rather be in than an RS4/6. In the same situation a Honda dc5 would be very low down on my list of preferred rides.
    Doesn't make the Integra a bad car, just a very different proposition.

    Different cars for different roles aimed at different people. Simple as that.



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