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Coolest Audi RS Models

Coolest Audi RS Models

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Over the years, the performance branch of Audi – RS – has produced some iconic, hugely capable road cars.

Audi RS has produced some truly impressive cars over the years. Benefiting from years of experience generated in rallies, they’ve all provided plenty of performance with all-weather capability. Audi recently released its latest instalment of the RS bloodline – the RSQ8– sparking cries as to which model from history is the best.

Here are our top five…


Audi RS2 Avant

Starting where Audi’s RS history truly began, with one of the earliest members of the RS brand, the RS 2 Avant, launched in 1994, was based on the 80 body style produced back in the 1980s. Co-developed with Porsche, it was powered by a turbocharged 2.2-litre straight-five engine with just over 300bhp. A direct ancestor of the current RS4 Avant, the RS2 showed what Audi could do with a conventional estate car – the RS2 had an ungoverned top speed of 163mph – while maintaining a real level of practicality too.

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 Audi RS 3 Sportback

An everyday sports car, fitted with a not-so-everyday engine, the RS3 Sportback makes a hot hatch rival to the Mercedes-AMG A45 S and proves itself to be one of the most powerful cars of its class around today. The RS 3 Sportback makes a statement rear roof spoiler and sizeable tailpipes, as well as the large black honeycomb front grille and flared front wheel arches, as well as being home to the latest in Audi technology.

blue audi rs3 sportback driving on the road


 Audi RS4 Avant (B7)

Though the latest RS4 Avant is something of a technical masterclass, it was the previous-generation model that broke the mould for performance estate cars. The B7 edition RS4 Avant proved that fast Audis needn’t understeer everywhere – it was a proper performance car that could corner, steer and accelerate as well as any BMW. There were a few complaints – the fuel tank was tiny, for instance – but the overall impressions of the RS4 Avant were impressively positive.

Black Audi RS3 Avant on driveway

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 Audi RS6 Avant (C7)

When it comes to outright sledgehammer-style performance, Audi’s RS6 Avant has historically been one of the best. Big and imposing in its shape, the RS6 is a departure from the relatively discreet design of the standard A6 Avant. With the most obvious deviation from the A6 being its 4.0-litre turbocharged V8 engine, quattro all-wheel drive, there's no question why it’s proved so popular!

grey audi rs6 avant driving on the road

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 Audi RS Q8

Sporting a striking, athletic, exterior, the RS Q8 perfectly combines performance with comfort and space as Audi Sport's first large performance SUV. Proudly taking on its rivals, the BMW X6 M and Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 Coupé, the RS Q8's 4.0-litre V8 TFSI engine accelerates the car from 0 to 62mph in just 3.8 seconds. In keeping with the latest launches within RS range, the RS Q8 supports the driver in many situations with its abundance of technology. With top-of-the-line infotainment system, MMI navigation plus as standard, and over 30 assist systems including adaptive cruise assist, lane change warning and 360-degree cameras, it's no wonder people opt for the RS Q8.

green rs q8 on road

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