Future Audi RS models will have a powertrain in the future, and it will be electrified. According to Rolf Michl, head of sales and marketing at Audi Sport Coach interview on brand intentions, which includes mild hybrids, plug-ins and full electric vehicles. Why would Audi make such a move, adding electrons to its purest performance models? Simplicity, of course.
Michl told the UK publication that “we want to keep things simple for the customer. We will have a car with an engine. It doesn’t make sense to offer different powertrains, he concluded, and the company’s electrification efforts will be “step by step”. It will be interesting to see if this simplifying philosophy escapes Audi Sport. Today, however, Audi Sport is still in the first stage with only one electrified model in its lineup – the RS6 Avant.
In the performance wagon, Audi pairs a 48-volt mild hybrid system with a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 that produces 591 horsepower (441 kilowatts) and 590 pound-feet (800 Newton-meters) of torque. A sprint to 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) takes 3.6 seconds, although its top speed is limited to 155 mph (250 km / h). Power is channeled through the eight-speed Tiptronic transmission via Audi’s Quattro four-wheel drive system. However, Audi is going further with future electrified models.
Audi’s step-by-step plan includes offering plug-in hybrids and fully electric RS models. Both are expected to arrive before 2023 in the form of the RS4 – the plug-in – and the E-Tron GT RS. Apparently Audi likes to run up the stairs, although enthusiasts shouldn’t worry. Michl said the company’s focus has always been “everyday performance and usability”. Electrification has been shown to benefit a car’s performance thanks to the instant torque provided by these powertrains. According to Michl, “Electrified performances can be absolutely emotional.” We can’t wait to see what it entails and how the competition reacts.