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Audi RS1 could be on the way, patent images found?

December 3, 2012

Images that appear to be official patent sketches of a possible Audi ‘RS1’ performance hatch have surfaced online, hinting towards a potential production run in the not-too-distant future.

Audi has previously thought about doing such a model, and even went to the extent of building a one-off concept version called the Audi clubsport quattro Concept. These images, which were first dug up by worldcarfans, show a similar sort of layout as the concept.

At the front there’s a distinctive ‘RS’-style bumper bar and lower spoiler section, while each¬†front corner sports a set of large and aggressive air intake clusters.

It’s a similar sort of story at the back, with a large roof/hatch-mounted spoiler and a chunky rear diffuser and a twin-outlet exhaust system giving it a definite high performance character.

It is only early days, and at this stage Audi has made no official announcement in regards to producing such a model. We’ll be sure to keep you updated though.

If these images are legitimate and it does make it to production, a likely engine candidate is the 2.0-litre TFSI turbocharged four-cylinder producing 188kW – the same engine as seen in the Volkswagen Scirocco R. Equipped with all-wheel drive the RS1 would be a fantastically fast power rocket.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.