Audi has plans to gradually introduce new models in South Africa that supposedly were revealed ages ago but now are starting to appear on our radar. It is going to be a very busy first quarter of 2021 as there will be a total of 8 Audi RS models that will officially launch in our market with prices due to be announced at launch. It is depressing for Audi fans to see the German rivals such as BMW and Mercedes Benz bringing cars within 10 months after the reveal whilst their favourite brand takes a long time to do so.
The much anticipated trio which are the Audi RS6 Avant, Audi RS7 Sportback and RS Q8 share the same engine, a 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 with each allocated an equal 591 hp (441 kW) & 800 Nm of torque. All will come with a rear-wheel bias Quattro system and have a similar top speed of 305 km/h when option with the dynamic package. It’s great to know that we will receive the RS6 as you know how South Africans get denied fast station wagons because the market is manifested with the love for SUVs.
The Audi R8 facelift will close the chapter of the V10 engine saga as there are plans to electrify the next generation. At least it will be going out with a bang of about 612 hp (456 kW) and 580 Nm of torque driving all four wheels or fancying a pure rear-wheel drive version with only 532 hp (397 kW) and 540 Nm of torque, not sure if this one will come to SA.
The first-ever RS compact SUVs, the RS Q3 and Sportback, will join the pack bearing a 2.5-litre turbocharged 5-cylinder engine which has been reworked and lightened for these models. We will also get to see the facelift variants of the RS4 Avant, RS5 Coupe and Sportback coming on sale. Recently, the Audi RS3 came back on sale in SA in limited numbers after being quiet for a while and now the TT RS as well will be on sale for the last time before being discontinued all together.