There was a time not so long ago when Quattro GmbH produced essentially one model at a time. But that time is behind us. These days it's expanding into a full-fledged performance division to rival Mercedes-AMG and BMW's M department. Quattro GmbH is currently building the Audi RS4 Avant, RS5 coupe and cabrio, RS6 Avant, RS7, RS Q3 and the TT RS coupe and roadster – not to mention the R8. And while it's showing no signs of slowing down, but the latest intel from across the pond suggests we shouldn't count on an RS version of Audi's flagship sedan.

This according to Car and Driver, which spoke to Stephan Reil, the chief engineer at Quattro GmbH. Reil says Audi works on a teutonically rigid performance formula: an RS model has to have 20 to 25 percent more power than the existing S version. Considering that the existing S8 makes 512 horsepower and the RS7 a solid 553, we're not sure Audi really needs anything more powerful. But by Reil's calculations, the RS8 would need to pack between 630 and 655 hp, which would put it well ahead of rivals like the 550-hp Jaguar XJR, the 540-hp BMW Alpina B7, the 523-hp Maserati Quattroporte and even the new 577-hp Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG – and in league only with the even more powerful S65 AMG, which in its outgoing form produced 630 hp.

The question then comes down to whether there are enough customers lining up for the S65 that Audi would want to poach away from Mercedes. Or perhaps more pertinently, whether it might end up just taking customers from the new Bentley Flying Spur, which is already offering 616 horsepower in an even more prestigious, if less performance-focused package. Either way you look at it, Audi is apparently steering clear.

And that may not be the only thing it's passing on, either. While previous reports indicated that Audi could put the Nanuk concept into limited production, this same report suggests the crossover supercar would not be in keeping with the company's latest direction.


I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • 22 Comments
      Darius
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well the fact that the Audi S8 is faster than every single Fullsize sedan on the market I can see why they wouldn't add an RS version. 0-60 in 3.5 sec and 1/4 mi time of 11.5 sec the only other car that hangs is the smaller Porsche Panamera Turbo S.
      Jonathan Wayne
      • 1 Year Ago
      The S8 is already gorgeous and just mean looking, I could only imagine how badass an RS8 would be.
      Justin Campanale
      • 1 Year Ago
      Aw, man. :( An RS8 with the Aventador's V12 would be list-worthy.
      jtciti
      • 1 Year Ago
      i'd rather have a sedan RS6 instead of the avant or RS7
        JJ
        • 1 Year Ago
        @jtciti
        I hope they make a sedan RS6, the are probably delaying it to market the RS7.
      FIDTRO
      • 1 Year Ago
      The S8 is already monstrous, RS8 is unnecessary.
      404 not found
      • 1 Year Ago
      RS4 Avant... Why does it NOT EXIST in the states!! :(
      • 1 Year Ago
      [blocked]
        collabplan
        • 1 Year Ago
        Right....that's why the RS6 puts out nearly 600hp. Across the VAG family lineage, huge horsepower is commonplace. You didn't know that Lamborghini V10 is an Audi engine....did you... Do some research.
      malgu
      • 1 Year Ago
      To those prospective buyers who feel like they're missing out, please donate your money to a broke college student. Thanks.
      • 1 Year Ago
      [blocked]
      MvGalloway
      • 1 Year Ago
      I would love to see a concept
      jbarth09
      • 1 Year Ago
      For a car that will only be available to the 1% of people, this doesn't bother me. Heh.
      zizixx89
      • 1 Year Ago
      How bout a V10
    • Load More Comments