It looks as if the popular Audi RS range will be experiencing a lot of growth in the next eighteen months, according to the division’s new boss, Stephan Winkelmann.
Currently boasting seven models, the RS range offers sporty updates on models throughout the Audi range, and have proved increasingly popular with the public. From the popular RS Q3 to the endlessly luxurious RS 7 Sportback, there is no doubt that these models rival the equivalent Mercedes-AMG range, although Winkelmann made it clear that Audi Sport would not be following in their footsteps:
‘We are not going to do what they do. We have a lot of plans but are not revealing them yet. It is better to under-promise and over-deliver.’
Having taken over the RS brand in February, Winkelmann wouldn’t elaborate on what models would be next to receive the sports treatment, although our guesses would be with the A1, A4 and Q5. This growth of the range will happen over the next 18 months, so we won’t be waiting for long to find out the specifics.
Speaking more about the future of Audi Sport, Winkelmann said: ‘There is more to come. We have one company, one name and we have a brand, but we will remain exclusive.’ He also expects to break through the 20,000-unit level in this year’s sales, adding, ‘we will experience double-digit growth this year.’
We’re sure that whatever RS models will come next, they will all live up to the outstanding example set by the current range, available from Jardine Motors Audi, adding to Audi Sport’s success and strengthening the brand.