Audi is shaking up its naming a bit, and this shakeup will have some awesome results that gearheads will love. Audi’s performance arm, which has long been known as Quattro GmbH is now becoming Audi Sport, and tons of new performance models will soon debut.
According to Audi’s press release, a whopping eight new Audi Sport models will debut in the U.S. over the next 24 months, making the German automaker’s lineup more performance heavy than it’s ever been. Currently the Audi Sport lineup is comprised of the R8 and RS 7, but Audi Sport also has the R8 V10 Spyder, an all-new RS 5 Coupe, TT RS, and RS 3 in the works as we speak.
The RS 5 Coupe is kind of a big deal, as its will make its U.S. debut in the first half of 2018 and will feature a 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 engine that’ll pump out 450 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. This new V-6 engine will help launch the new coupe to 62 mph in just 3.9 seconds.
It’s unclear if the models mentioned above are part of the eight new Audi Sport models the performance arm plans to launch in the next two years, but it is easy to see where there are holes this new brand can fill. The lineup us lacking an RS 4, RS 6, a Q3 RS, Q5 RS, and maybe even an A4 Allroad RS.
Audi Spot also announced that more than half of the dealers in the U.S. have signed up to be specialized Audi Sport dealers. These showrooms will offer Audi Sport-trained sales associates and special Audi Sport displays.
Stay tuned for updates.