Audi Sport electrifies every future RS modelJuly 31, 2020
According to Rolf Michl, head of sales and marketing for Audi Sport, all future RS models will be powered by a single electrified engine.
Future high-performance models in the Audi RS family will be powered by a single powertrain and will be electrified. According to Rolf Michl, Head of Sales and Marketing at Audi Sport, the decision was made for the sake of simplicity.
Mr Michl said that “we want to make it easier for the client. We will have one car with one engine. “
It makes no sense to offer different engines, he concluded, and the company’s efforts to electrify the entire lineup will proceed “step by step.” Today Audi Sport is still in its first phase with only one electrified model, the RS6 Avant wagon.
The RS6 Avant is powered by a 48-volt mild hybrid system that is powered by a monstrous 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8. This hybrid setup produces 591 horsepower and 800 Nm of torque. Acceleration to 100 km / h takes 3.6 seconds and the top speed is limited to 250 km / h. The torque is transmitted to the Quattro all-wheel drive system via an eight-speed Tiptronic transmission.
Audi’s step-by-step plan includes offering plug-in hybrid models as well as all-electric models, the latter being offered under the RS designations. Both variants should debut before 2023 as a new RS4 with a plug-in hybrid motor and an all-electric E-Tron GT RS. Michl said the company’s focus remains on “the performance and ease of use of their vehicles.” As another argument in favor of an electrified motor, he cited the instantaneous torque that is provided by the electric motor.
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