The Quattro performance division becomes Audi Sport image
The hardcore unit has been granted a new moniker, but the works coming out of Quattro GmbH – now Audi Sport GmbH – will remain about the same.
Audi’s top performance models will be coming from a new title – Audi Sport GmbH – but the same ultra-fast all-wheel drive vehicles will be arriving in showrooms. The change only has to do with the name actually as the engineering work will continue in exact the same form and location – Neckarsulm, Germany, and Stephan Winkelmann will still be running things around there. Audi Sport is actually gathering all the various performance businesses under one roof – it will handle all RS models as well as the R8, as well as customer racing projects like the RS3 LMS, and design the customization equipment for the Audi Exclusive line.
Form here onwards, Audi Sport is only set to grow even further because it will release eight new models during 18 months, taking the entire lineup to 15 versions. We can bet new performance versions of the A4 and A5 are in there, as well as potential high-performance variants of the Q5 and Q7. Rumors are also throwing into the mix an RS6 Allroad. The unit’s latest official model is the RS3 Sedan packing a 2.5-liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine with 400 horsepower.