Congratulations to Audi’s RS sports division for reaching its 25th year of great work in the world of sporty Audi’s. Many car manufacturers like Ford and Renault use the RS tag for its sportier models, but Audi has to be the most recognizable one. Audi RS puts the RS tag on its 5, 6, 8 and 10 cylinder monsters which bring nothing but smiles (most of the time) to their owners.
The Audi RS beginnings
It all started in 1994 with the first and probably most well known the Audi RS2. The RS2 was based on the Audi 80 wagon with a little help from Porsche. Porsche donated brake calipers, 911 rearview side mirrors and a 2.2 liter 5 cylinder turbo engine. The engine produced 315 horsepowers (232 kW) and made it the legend it is today.
The next model was the 2005 “B5” RS4 with an 8 cylinder naturally aspirated engine. The power output was even more brutal, it delivered 420 horsepower (309 kW). The same engine was used 4 years later in the first Audi R8. Seeing as how both the RS2 and RS4 models were a big success most of the following Audi’s received the RS treatment. Through the years Audi had to adjust its RS line to suit emission standards which led to downsizing and the return of the turbo but they never missed what is truly important. They kept the cars looking and sounding great. They back the looks with their driving capabilities and performance.
Till this day, Audi presented 25 RS models, including cars like the smaller A3 and the Q3 crossover SUV. The strongest RS made was the 2015 RS6 wagon which produces 605 horsepower (445 kW). Today Audi’s RS line is versatile and conquers the likes of the Porsche Cayman with its Audi TTRS or the legendary BMW M5 with its A6 RS. According to a recent press conference Audi is planning on continuing the RS legacy by releasing new models to suit customer demand which is apparently still high. They are soon releasing the refreshed RS3 and TTRS and the story will go on.
To mark the occasion Audi opened an exhibition at the Audi Forum in Neckarsulm. There you can see all the production models in pristine condition and also 14 unreleased rare models. These rare models include the racing version of the Audi TT RS from 2011, RS8 prototype and the RS DTM race touring car. So if you are planning a trip to Germany soon and you love Audi’s, this is the place to be.