Audi made one of the biggest splashes of all the automakers at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show. With massive debuts like the Audi RS7 Sportback and AI:TRAIL Quattro and new fan favorites like the Audi RS6 Avant, the four-ringed brand was on fire in Frankfurt. To talk a bit more about all of the exciting news, Carfection’s Henry Catchpole caught up with Audi Sport boss Oliver Hoffman.
In this new video, Hoffman talks about a lot of fascinating topics; everything from the R8’s V10 to the new RS7 to future e-tron models.
The big news is obviously the Audi RS7 Sportback. It’s all new and it packs the same powertrain as the new RS6 Avant, which means it gets a 4.0 liter twin-turbocharged V8 with 591 hp (600 PS) and 590 lb-ft (800 Nm) of torque. So it’s going to be very fast. In the video, Hoffman talks a lot about its new mild hybrid tech, which gives it a battery alternator starter (BAS). He talks about what a BAS is and what it’s benefits are; such as its ability to let the engine shut down on the highway but add enough power to cruise at speed.
He also spoke about how the RS6 and RS7 are just the starting point for the future of electrification at Audi Sport. We know the Audi e-tron GT will arrive next year and that’s a car that’s been developed under the Audi Sport wing. That makes it the first all-electric Audi Sport product.
But what about beyond that? Well, Hoffman hinted that the next-generation Audi R8, or whatever ends up replacing it, might be an all-electric sports car. When asked how long the V10 will last in the R8, he didn’t say anything about the future of the engine but the future of the R8 and how its successor will surprise us. We’re very much hoping for an all-electric supercar in the same vein as the PB18 e-tron Concept (now called AI:RACE). That would be one of the most exciting cars in the brand’s history.