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Quattro GmbH, Audi's high-performance subsidiary, is responsible for all manner of RS, S, S-line and "Exclusive" hotness for the automaker and has seen a substantial increase in sales over the last seven years. Back in 2000, it sold about 2,500 units. In 2007, it has produced just over 360,000 models imbued with Audi's distinct brand of performance street cred. Those numbers are expected to further rise with even more models being S- and RS-ified, including the R8, which is currently being produced at a rate of 27 vehicles per day.

Auto Motor und Sport sat down with Werner Frowein, the director of Quattro GmbH, where he let loose that the former strategy for RS model production will be laid to waste in the coming years. Traditionally, RS cars are produced in the last two years of the vehicle's lifecycle, but a new shift in production will allow new models to benefit from the RS-treatment after the first two years of their run. The TT-RS and RS5 are two of the models on the horizon, while an RS version of the R8 has been rumored since its introduction earlier this year. More RS is hardly a bad thing, unless premium gas prices continue their northward trajectory.

[Source: Auto Motor und Sport via World Car Fans]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      I bet an RS5 would look awesome. Id like to see an RS8 to compete with the S63/65.

      Audi is really stepping their game up. I like almost everything they have to offer.
      • 7 Years Ago
      o/ OOOO
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm really hoping for the rumored R4, the "cheaper" and lighter version of the R8 with a V6 motor.

      • 7 Years Ago
      I wish they'd start bringing over their diesels over to th U.S. already. We have more than enough gas guzzlers.
      • 7 Years Ago
      but more RS models doesn't mean squat if audi (of america, not just the dealer) can't take care of their premium customers. I just sold my RS4 because of their inability to properly service the car and provide customer service on par with a $70K+ car.

      best car i've ever driven; worst ownership experience i've ever had.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Until Audi gets it's AC rear in gear I won't buy another Audi.
      Drove an RS4 in 95F weather in Rockville, MD, and the car wouldn't cool down in 20 minutes. Unacceptable.

      Otherwise an ok car.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Um, all gas prices are going up, so the twenty cent gap per gallon has less and less of an impact. When regular gas was 80 cents a gallon, then people could whine that $1.00 a gallon for premium was too much. Now that regular is $3.30 a gallon and premium 3.50, I don't think this argument holds much water. A 6% premium isn't much of a premium.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Don't forget the RS3, take same engine from the TT-RS. And you have an awsome hatchback.
      • 7 Years Ago
      if they RS the R8, will it be an RS8.. a little confusing considering theres the A8 line of audi's... then again, maybe it'l be the R8S, or R8RS...

      either way, i love the RS cars, the RS4 seems so amazing, and pretty decent on the track too given its recent nurburgring achievement of 7:58
        • 7 Years Ago
        Agreed, it should be the following:

        RS4 Avant

        RS6 Avant

        RS8 Avant (which would be a HUGE wagon) :)

        R9 is what that super card should be called since it bears no resemblance to any of the 8 level cars.

        • 7 Years Ago
        Probably be the RR8 ;P
        • 7 Years Ago
        R8 RS, I've read elsewhere.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Nice cars, wish I could have one but the price is too steep. Make me drool when you pull up next to me, kthx.
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