Audi has confirmed that it will introduce electrified ‘RS’ models in the near future.
During a recent interview with Car Buzz at the New York Auto Show, Audi RS5 product manager Anthony Garbis failed to specify which models will receive hybrid power first but said they’re coming “pretty soon.”
“You will see future Audi Sport models with electrification. We will be thrilling you in the near future. Pretty soon.
“You’re going to be seeing some future RS models with electrification and 48-volt will proliferate through the model lines in the future,” Garbis confirmed.
It remains a mystery which Audi Sport model will introduce electrification to the range but we wouldn’t be surprised to see the technology debut in a performance-oriented version of the upcoming Q8. In fact, the Q8 Sport concept utilized a hybrid powertrain, consisting of a 3.0-liter TFSI six-cylinder with an electric powered compressor. All up, it pumped out 476 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque, allowing for a 0-62 mph (100 km/h) time of just 4.7 seconds and a 171 mph (275 km/h) top speed.
Audi isn’t the only German automaker preparing to roll out hybrid tech in its performance range. In fact, both BMW and Mercedes-AMG are planning similar performance hybrids. The first of these to hit the market could be the next-generation C63.