Electrification is a matter of when, not if, says boss.
In case you’ve missed it, there’s a new sports sub-brand on the horizon and it’s part of the gigantic Volkswagen Group family. We are talking about the Audi Sport, which will unite all of the German company’s motorsport projects, the R8 supercar, and the RS models.
Speaking at the Paris Motor Show, the head of the revamped sub-brand, Stephan Reil, hinted Audi could be launching hardcore versions of its current RS vehicles. He told TopGear there’s no project scheduled at the moment, but there’s a strong possibility that this could happen.
“There’s no actual project at the moment, but why not?"
"With the RS3, maybe with another car,” he told the magazine. When asked whether the TT RS is a good candidate for a stripped-out version, he said: “Maybe. There are a lot of possibilities. You will just have to see. This is always an impulse in the life cycle of the car. You won’t bring that in an early time of the life cycle, though.”
Electrification is one of the main topics in Paris, and Reil revealed Audi Sport is no stranger to the idea.
“The question is not whether we do it, it’s when,” he declared. “This does not currently fit the right characteristic of an RS model. But of course the world will turn, and development of the technology will go on and on. The time will come that an electric performance car will make sense. But it is surely not today.”
The next big thing for Audi Sport is the market launch of the Audi R8 Spyder, and Reil said it will take a year for the convertible to reach all of its global markets. Given that, no new R8 versions are planned for the moment, despite the rumours of an entry-level variant powered by a twin-turbo V6 engine.
Note: Audi TT Clubsport Turbo Concept pictured.
Source: Top Gear