We just recently learned that Audi won’t be offering additional electrified powertrain options in any of its Audi Sport models. Each Audi Sport model will only get one powertrain option, despite early rumors that the RS7 would come with two; one traditional and one hybrid. However, that doesn’t mean electrification is off the table.
According to Autocar, Audi Sport will still only have one powertrain option for each car but some could go hybrid and some could go all-electric as their sole options.
“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.” said Audi Sport sales and marketing boss Rolf Michl.
He also hinted at the fact that electrified Audi Sport models are on the way, claiming that the Audi RS6 Avant, and its 48-volt mild-hybrid setup, was a soft entrance of sorts into electrification.
“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.”
We’re certainly excited about the idea of electrification in Audi Sport cars. While hybrid setups will be cool, we can’t wait for full-EV ‘RS’ cars. Michl is obviously right when he says electrification brings a ton of performance potential but what’s even more promising is the fact the he mentions them also be emotional. We all know EVs can be fast but the real question is whether or not they can be fun. According to Michl, they can be and we should be seeing that soon enough.