Audi Celebrates 25 Years of RS, Promises Two Brand New RSs for 2019

It’s hard to believe but the mighty RS nameplate is 25 years old. Since 1994, Audi has been adding horsepower and massive gobs of performance to its vehicles, starting with the RS 2.

Co-developed by Porsche, the car featured Audi’s signature turbocharged 5-cylinder engine. With its unique firing order, the wagon didn’t just look wild, it sounded it, too.

Back then, though, Audi only produced one RS model at a time. But in the late aughts, they realized that more RSs meant they could spread more joy to the world. As of right now, Audi Sport has made 25 RS models.

In 2017 alone, Audi released the RS 3 Sedan, the RS 5 Coupe, and the RS 4 Avant. This year, they’re promising 6 new RSs, including two completely new ones that have never been RS’d before.

Although Audi Sport wants to keep that a secret until its ready to reveal them, a look at recent spy photographs would suggest that an RS Q8 is on its way and that an RS Q5 might join it.

Until we find out for sure, below is a list of every RS model in chronological order, as remembered by the brand that made them:

  • Audi RS 2 Avant (1994): 2.2-liter five-cylinder turbo, 232 kW (326 metric horsepower)
  • Audi RS 4 Avant (2000): 2.7-liter V6 biturbo, 279 kW (380 metric horsepower)
  • Audi RS 6 Sedan and RS 6 Avant (2002): 4.2-liter V8 biturbo, 331 kW (450 metric horsepower);
  • from 2004 – RS 6 plus, 353 kW (480 metric horsepower), limited to 999 cars
  • Audi RS 4 Sedan (2005), RS 4 Avant (2006), RS 4 Cabriolet (2006):
  • 4.2-liter V8, 309 kW (420 metric horsepower)
  • Audi RS 6 Sedan and RS 6 Avant (2008): 5.0-liter V10 biturbo, 426 kW (580 metric horsepower),
    from 2010 – RS 6 plus with top speed adjusted to 303 km/h (188.3 mph)
  • Audi TT RS Coupé and TT RS Roadster (2009): 2.5-liter five-cylinder, 250 kW (340 metric horsepower); from 2012 – plus version with 265 kW (360 metric horsepower)
  • Audi RS 5 Coupé (2010) and RS 5 Cabriolet (2012): 4.2-liter V8, 331 kW (450 metric horsepower),
  • Audi RS 3 Sportback (2011): 2.5-liter five-cylinder, 250 kW (340 metric horsepower)
  • Audi RS 4 Avant (2012): 4.2-liter V8, 331 kW (450 metric horsepower)
  • Audi RS Q3 (2013): 2.5-liter five-cylinder, 228 kW (310 metric horsepower);
    from 2014 – 250 kW (340 metric horsepower); from 2016 – performance version with 270 kW (367 metric horsepower)
  • Audi RS 6 Avant (2013): 4.0-liter V8 biturbo with 412 kW (560 metric horsepower);
    from 2015 – performance version with 445 kW (605 metric horsepower)
  • Audi RS 7 Sportback (2013): 4.0-liter V8 biturbo with 412 kW (560 metric horsepower);
    from 2015 – performance version with 445 kW (605 metric horsepower)
  • Audi RS 3 Sportback (2015): 2.5-liter five-cylinder with 270 kW (367 metric horsepower)
  • Audi TT RS Coupé and TT RS Roadster (2016): 2.5-liter five-cylinder with 294 kW
    (400 metric horsepower)
  • Audi RS 3 Sedan (2017): 2.5-liter five-cylinder with 294 kW (400 metric horsepower)
  • Audi RS 5 Coupé (2017): 2.9-liter V6 biturbo with 331 kW (450 metric horsepower)
  • Audi RS 4 Avant (2017): 2.9-liter V6 biturbo with 331 kW (450 metric horsepower)
  • Audi RS 5 Sportback (2018): 2.9-liter V6 biturbo with 331 kW (450 metric horsepower)