Audi does not hesitate to enter the limits of electrification, in particular in Europe. In its home country of Germany, the automaker offers plug-in hybrid variants of the Q5, Q7, A6, A7 and A8. Vast, yes, but understandable as emissions regulations are getting really tough on the old continent.
However, we have yet to see Audi outfitting its RS models with electric motors. No wonder since the Audi RS models are cars for enthusiasts and just put the word electric next to an RS could already spark a debate among purists.
But that doesn’t mean Audi isn’t open to adding hybrid variants to the RS lineup – that’s implied by a recent statement from Ekkehard Kleindienst, head of product and technology communications. at Audi.
“These are really born and bred RS models… coming with a plug-in hybrid powertrain,” he said in an interview with Australia. Automotive.
Kleindienst goes on to explain the benefits of hybridization, which include increasing efficiency (of course) and offering a new driving experience to customers. For him, it’s like killing two birds with one stone: the combustion engine aims to create emotional appeal, while the electric powertrain aligns with the brand’s electrification strategy.
While mention of the RS hybrid models is only passing, we can’t deny that it could be in the pipeline. Then again, at this point we may have to wait a few more years before we can officially see one from Ingolstadt.
What do you think? Do you think Audi should add a plug-in hybrid variant to its RS models? Can you imagine an RS6 Avant that needs to be plugged in? Let us know your feedback in the comments section below.