Report: Audi Rolling Out RS7, RS Q3 Models Next Year

Fans of Audi's RS performance line are in for a treat – a teaser image has shown up online that shows off three new cars along with the 2013 RS5 Cabriolet. We already know that one of the three is the 2014 RS6 Avant, but the others may be the upcoming RS7 and RS Q3. The picture was posted by Car, and thanks to the loosely draped sheets, it's pretty easy to make out the silhouettes of the new models. Audi already pulled the wraps off of the RS6 Avant last week, so it's clear that the traditional-wagon-shaped vehicle is that 552-hp monster mommy-mobile. Given that the automaker has already created the RS6, it makes logical sense that an RS7 will follow, since the A6 and A7 share all of the same mechanicals. Expect the same twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 to power the RS7, and the sinewy hatchback to gain more aggressive bodywork and larger grilles and intakes. Right now, the top-spec version is currently the S7 that produces 420 hp from a detuned version of the same 4.0-liter found in the RS6. So then what is that final model? It's clearly a crossover of some sort, so choices are between the Q3, Q5, or Q7. It's most likely an RS Q3, given that Audi showed off such a concept at the Beijing Motor Show last spring. The RS Q3 concept uses the same 2.5-liter I-5 from the TT RS that is good for 360 hp. Like the RS5 and RS6, the RS Q3 concept utilized a seven-speed S-tronic dual-clutch transmission to send power to all four wheels. All Audi has said is that we'll see "Four new RS models" in 2013. Chances are that the RS7 will probably make its debut at either the Detroit, Geneva, or New York shows in the next three months; don't be surprised to see the production-spec RS Q3 at the next Beijing show in the spring. Source: Car

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