The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb kicks off five days from now, and it’s been 25 years since Audi and Walter Rohrl set the course record in the mighty Audi Sport Quattro S1 rally car. Not to let the anniversary go uncelebrated, Audi is apparently prepping an RS5 to pay homage to the two greats.
We know this much thanks to Audi’s second-favorite social network, Facebook, where it posted a shadowy shot of an RS5 wearing some Audi Sport decals and the same black, gray, and red racing stripe as the 1984 S1.
While the RS5 will pay homage to the S1 visually, we doubt it’ll have the same power as the 80’s car. The S1 famously made 590 hp and 435 lb-ft of torque, thanks to a turbocharged five-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed power-shift transmission, which was a very early precursor to today’s S-tronic/DSG transmission. That modern transmission goes in the road-going RS5, which has a 4.2-liter V-8 engine that sends 450 hp and 317 lb-ft of torque through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission to all four wheels. While the S1 needs just 3.1 seconds to get to 60 mph, the RS5 requires a little bit more than that–4.6 seconds.
It’s unclear at the moment exactly what the RS5 will be doing: that is, if the RS5 is just for show, or if it’ll actually run the world-famous hill climb. Audi representatives were mum about the answer, saying that we’d hear more towards the end of the week. We’re holding our collective breath.
Whether or not the RS5 goes up the hill, the old-school S1 will probably make the climb: Audi was already planning to send Rohrl and the S1 up the hill back in July when the race was postponed as a result of wildfires in the area. Here’s hoping both Rohrl and the S1 didn’t mind the wait and will show in Colorado on August 12.