Whether or not on account of buyer preferences or strain from the regulatory authorities, necessary Audi Sport gross sales areas, particularly Europe, North America and China, are shortly switching to zero-emission autos. In response, Audi Sport plans to undertake electrification applied sciences and convert next-generation fashions into PHEVs or EVs.
The Audi RS 6 Avant, the Audi RS 7 Sportback and the Audi RS Q8, the bread and butter from Audi Sport, are delicate hybrids. The subsequent technology fashions would transfer as much as a plug-in hybrid drive prepare or a purely electrical drive prepare. Certain, one purpose prospects benefit from the RS fashions along with their exhilarating acceleration is the sheer listening pleasure that comes with pedaling, particularly in a tunnel. Whether or not you prefer it or not, as Rolf Michl, Head of Gross sales and Advertising Audi Sport, says: “Quiet is the brand new sound!”
Michl spoke about the way forward for Audi Sport in an inside interview. As a primary step, Audi Sport launched delicate hybrid know-how within the three fashions in 2019. “Future mannequin generations will take the RS vary one step additional with highly effective plug-in hybrids and absolutely electrical drives,” says Michl. The truth is, the corporate has already had a purely electrical mannequin in its vary since February 2021 – the Audi RS e-tron GT.
Greater than 50% of the RS shall be electrified by 2024
Audi Sport plans to supply greater than half of the high-performance fashions partially or absolutely electrified as early as 2024. Simply as the corporate launched delicate hybrid know-how, it might take a top-down method to additional electrification. Core fashions such because the Audi RS 6 Avant and the Audi RS 7 Sportback will possible obtain plug-in hybrid or electrical drives from Audi Sport earlier than the smaller fashions.
The present technology of the RS 6 Avant and RS 7 Sportback got here onto the market in the summertime of 2019 lower than two years in the past. You possibly can get the plug-in hybrid know-how with its mid-cycle refresh. As a result of when it comes time to exchange them with the next-generation RS 6 Avant or RS 7 Sportback, Audi Sport might contemplate absolutely electrifying them.
Future mannequin generations will take the RS sequence one step additional with highly effective plug-in hybrids and absolutely electrical drives.
Rolf Michl, Head of Gross sales and Advertising at Audi Sport
Audi Sport will probably launch the Audi RS 6 Avant and the Audi RS 7 Sportback of the following technology with electrical drive round 2025. The corporate could solely provide an electrified inside combustion engine for markets that aren’t but prepared for electrical autos if there’s adequate demand. With the presentation of the PPE-based A6 e-tron idea at Auto Shanghai 2021, the premise for a totally electrical RS 6 Avant is already in place. Take a look at the rendered Audi A6 Avant e-tron electrical station wagon for a style of what Audi Sport has in retailer!
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