Birth of Legends: How the Audi RS Series Is Designed

The Audi RS series is even bigger thanks to new models such as the RS Q3 Sportback and RS Q8, but have you ever thought about what happens when you create the brand's most sporty Audi cars?

If that is the case, then you are in luck, as the company has pulled back the curtain and revealed some details about how Audi RS models are born.

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Given their positioning as the most sporty of all Audi's, the RS models have a unique design inspired by motorsport. Certainly, these vehicles are also designed with performance in mind, and cooling is not the least important. In addition to the large air intakes, the RS models feature oval exhaust pipes that «symbolize the power» of their TFSI engines. The models also have a unique radiator grille, which have largely avoided chrome plated finishing in favor of black accents. In the case of the RS 6 Avant, only front doors, a roof and a tailgate are derived from the production A6 Avant.

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According to countless spy photos, Audi thoroughly tests its RS models at the Nürburgring Nordschleife. As the company explained, «Green hell» is one of the most difficult tracks in the world, as more than 80% of the 12.9-mile (20.8 km) route is driven at high speeds. One kilometer of such driving is comparable to several kilometers of traffic in a normal urban rhythm, Audi says. This is the reason for the standard of 8000 kilometers that each RS model must pass through the Nurburgring as part of the endurance test. The manufacturer says that if the car endures there, it will endure anywhere else.

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Of course, the RS models were also tested in other places. Audi notes that the RS Q8 was tested for two years, having traveled more than 745,645 miles (1.2 million kilometers). This is the equivalent of 30 trips around the world. The high-performance SUV has been tested in a number of different countries, including China, Italy, France, Finland, Sweden, South Africa and the United States. These different locations allowed engineers to conduct cold-weather tests in Scandinavia, hot-weather tests in South Africa, and high-speed tests on the Nardò Ring in Italy.

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The RS line-up is currently represented by 12 models, but Audi noted that they have “a lot of plans for the near future.” While the automaker kept silent about the new RS3, the car has already been snapped by spy photographers several times.

“Future RS models will enhance the range relatively soon after the launch of the respective base product lines.” Audi noted that these upcoming models were developed alongside their mainstream counterparts and the RS team is focused on adding “sporty DNA” through design, powertrain and suspension changes.

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