Audi Sport promises to release six high-performance RS cars globally by the end of the year

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Audi Sport promises to release six high-performance RS cars globally by the end of the year
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Audi Sport promises to release six high-performance RS cars globally by the end of the year. The automaker released a teaser image to preview the upcoming lineup, and the only design indicators are the daytime running lights. 

Coming back to the lineup are the Audi RS-badged variants of the second-generation Q3 and the Q3 Sportback. Looking at recent spy photos, the amped up SUVs have an aggressive nose distinguished by a model-specific grille and larger air intakes. Audi has not released any performance information, but enthusiasts are hoping for an evolutionary spin on the last-generation RS Q3’s turbocharged, 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine.

From the shadowy teaser image, one of the cars might be an updated Audi RS4, the upscale station wagon. This vehicle is not currently available in the United States. In early 2019, the A4 models received a mid-cycle update, but the RS4 is due for some tuning. 

Using deductive reasoning, the RS6 Avant and the RS7 are due out soon. They will be positioned above the S6 and S7 models, which have been bumped down to mid-range status. The two variants will share several different design components, and expect the Quattro all-wheel drive to be a standard feature. 

At the apex of the Audi SUV range will be the RS Q8. Engineers have been testing this vehicle both on and off the track to get it ready for the sales lineup. 

Audi did pledge to release the six models by the end of the year, but no other information on which car and when. Expectations are that most will show up at the Frankfurt Auto Show this September, or the Los Angeles Auto Show in November. However, Audi, like several other automakers, may be moving away from traditional releases and opting for more intimate settings such as brand-specific events. 

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