Audi has confirmed it will bring the RS5 Sportback to the United States, along with another mystery RS model.
Speaking to during the 2018 Detroit auto show, Audi of America president Scott Keogh revealed the RS5 Sportback will eventually arrive in North America. The full-blown RS version of the A5 Sportback has yet to actually debut, but thanks to the RS5 Coupe, we already know what to expect. The RS5 Coupe is powered by a 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine making 444 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque, so you can expect it to appear along with a ZF-supplied eight-speed automatic, AWD, beefier brakes, retuned suspension, different wheels and a bunch more RS equipment.
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Keogh also said the company “has one other surprise” they are working on, adding that “it’s a “cool European model we haven’t brought in yet.” That doesn’t really narrow things down, but the European RS product that’s most likely to arrive in North America, we’d say, is the RS Q3. In a perfect world, Keogh would be referencing the new RS4 Avant, but we get the feeling that delicious wagon will remain forbidden fruit until it becomes eligible for US import in 25 years.