Audi Sport to double RS range by 2018

2018 Audi RS 3

Things are about to get a lot busier at Audi Sport in the coming years as the official motorsport and performance arm of Audi launches a barrage of new models to catch up with close rival Mercedes-AMG.

Audi Sport models include all the RS cars as well as the R8 supercar and total eight individual nameplates at present.

Speaking with Autocar, Audi Sport boss Stephan Winkelmann said eight new additions will join the range between now and early 2018.

“There is more to come,” he told the British publication. “We have one company, one name and we have a brand but we will remain exclusive.”

Stephan Winkelmann

Winkelmann, who successfully led Lamborghini over the past decade, was reassigned to Audi Sport in early 2016 and tasked with positioning the brand more clearly going forward.

Winkelmann didn’t reveal what was in the pipeline but said Audi Sport’s strategy will be different to that of AMG, which offers the standalone GT sports car as well high-performance versions of most of the Mercedes passenger car lineup and now tamer 43-series cars as well.

Some possibilities for Audi Sport’s expanded range include an RS 1, RS Q5 and perhaps even an RS 8. In addition, the R8 could get a more hardcore R8 RS variant, and rumors of a second standalone sports car positioned below the R8 never seem to die out.

Audi Sport’s latest model is the RS 3 sedan which is confirmed for sale in mid-2017.