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Performance division will electrify future models, but there won’t be a pure ICE option sold alongside
Rachel Burgess
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29 July 2020

Audi Sport will offer only one powertrain in each RS model in future, rather than giving buyers the option of pure combustion-engined or electrified powertrains.

While sibling brand Volkswagen will offer GTI petrol, GTD diesel and GTE plug-in hybrid performance versions of its new Golf, Audi Sport sales and marketing boss Rolf Michl has confirmed this won’t be the case for upcoming RS models.

Currently, the only electrified model in the line-up is the RS6 Avant, a 48V mild-hybrid, but plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles will arrive in the next couple of years and become a crucial part of Audi Sport’s overall range.

The first of these models to arrive will be a plug-in hybrid RS4 and the electric E-tron GT RS, both due before 2023.

Michl said: “We are well-known for precise portfolio planning, and we want to keep it easy for the customer. We will have one car with one engine. It doesn’t make sense to have different variants.

“Maybe there will be different variants for different concepts, whether they are electrified, internal combustion-engined or otherwise, but every model will have a single drivetrain.”

Michl described Audi Sport’s approach to electrification as “step-by-step”.

He said: “Audi AG is positioning itself as consistently electric. The first step of electrification is already done with the RS6 and there will be fully electric versions with the E-tron GT.

“Our main focus is performance and everyday usability. There are brilliant aspects [of electrification] for performance cars, such as torque vectoring and amazing cornering speeds. Electrified performance can absolutely be emotional.”

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29 July 2020

it was April 1st.. 

Michl said "We are well known for precise portfollio planning and want to keep it easier for customers".

Does anyone really understand Audis current portfolio, they seem to just be playing alphabet soup, and does anyone apart from perhaps Rachel Riley or Carol Voderman understand their engine power designations.   I will have a vowel please, then 2 big ones and 3 small ones, your time starts now..  

29 July 2020

I understand it, quite simple really, if you are going to spend 30k on a car it's 30 seconds well spent on checking the website.

29 July 2020
xxxx wrote:

I understand it, quite simple really, if you are going to spend 30k on a car it's 30 seconds well spent on checking the website.

OK then please explain where the A1 Citycarver, the Q2 and the Q3 fit into the portfolio, never mind the normal A1or, then odf Course there is the Q5, or the  bit bigger Q7, then the Q6 which is a Q5 but only slightly bigger, or the Q8 which is a Q7 but slightly smaller, and I have not even started on the 35,40,45,50 engines, or perhaps the A3 sportsback, which is available in Sports spec, so its a Sportback Sport (which indicates its supposed to be sporty) but of course just to keep thing interesting, you can have the Sportback S-Line wihich is supposed to be sporty, and that before you even move up to the S3 which is sporty, or the RS3 which is more sporty, or perphaps you want some extras to make life easier, so you get the Technik (Vorsprung Durch Technik) but if thats not got enough extras, you can have the Vorsprung spec (Vorsprung Durch Technik), but just to add into the mix, you can have the First edition spec, which has some extras on it.. Clear as mud.. So Mr X the floor is yours, explain away...  

29 July 2020
Once I've switched from combustion to electric I'll be joining a group of motoristst who look less favourably at combustion motorists that pollute the environment. This disdain is bound to only increase as time goes by. I'm obviously way ahead of the curve here, but I do think it'll cause unrest between those that can and those that can't afford to make the switch. So Audi explains their plans moving towards 2023 for the very few of those that can afford.
Lastly, it'll costs motorists 0,000's and 0,000's to keep up with the environment friendly Jones'. Not to mention being judged.

29 July 2020
Just Saying wrote:

Once I've switched from combustion to electric I'll be joining a group of motoristst who look less favourably at combustion motorists that pollute the environment.

You ll be looking wrong then - electric cars pollute the environment LESS, which is a good thing, but they are not totally pollution free as your post implies.

29 July 2020
The phrase 'torque vectoring' makes me wretch.

I would pay to have it removed.

29 July 2020

The word Audi makes me wretch, as indeed do all of its products.

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