The most powerful versions of the Audi RS will need to be charged from a wall outletSeptember 15, 2019
Audi Sport Managing Director Oliver Hoffmann has confirmed the further electrification of “charged” Audi models. The top manager made it clear that the RS-series special versions will receive a rechargeable hybrid powerplant, which will be a “step forward compared to the base cars of the line.”
In an interview with American journalists, Hoffmann did not name the models directly, but it can be assumed that the RS6 and RS7 in the Performance version will be the first in the RS line. Guess the media was not refuted by the head of the technical development department of Audi Sport Viktor Underberg: the specialist stressed that there is a demand for high-performance versions and the company is ready to work on expanding the range.
Technical details of future models are not officially disclosed, but it is possible that the Audi RS will receive an electric “add-on” from previously presented models of the TFSI e family. In this case, a traction battery with a capacity of 14.1 kilowatt-hours will appear under the boot floor, and the total capacity of the installation with a petrol 4.0-liter V8 will increase by approximately 140 horsepower. Insiders claim that the first Audi Performance PHEV will be declassified during 2020.
If the top Performance versions get a powerful hybrid add-on, the Audi RS strategy will be similar to the development of the Porsche Panamera and Cayenne lineups with Turbo S E-Hybrid modifications at the top of the gamut.
As for the upcoming Audi RS premiere, the flagship crossover RS Q8 will be released before the end of the year. The premiere of the off-road vehicle is likely to take place at the Los Angeles Auto Show, and the model will inherit the technical stuffing from the RS6 and RS7.
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