An Audi official has disclosed plans to electrify all RS models by the end of the decade. The Ingolstadt-based automaker has to comply with more and more stringent CO2 emissions regulations, especially those that will be implemented in 2021 which refer to CO2 emissions of less than 90 g/km for all cars sold on the old continent.
In an interview with Australian publication Motoring, quattro managing director Heinz Hollerweger says they are already focused on making RS models greener as a method to keep up with the stricter regulations applicable in Europe. Without any doubt, the biggest change refers to using some form of electrification for all the high performance RS-badged models.
There’s still no word about how this will happen, but we have some ideas as one way will probably be through the use of an electric turbocharger as previewed in the rather interesting RS5 TDI concept. Hollerweger also said plug-in hybrids are very possible, hinting that there could be a five-cylinder hybrid-powered model.
In addition, he also mentioned supercapacitors as viable alternatives thanks to their lower curb weight, but did say this technology costs significantly more but sooner or later it will likely be installed in a series production model.