Audi stays dedicated to producing 'icons' just like the R8
E-tron GT is the primary in a variety of electrical sports activities fashions; S and RS fashions to be reinvented
Audi’s efficiency vehicles “want to vary”, however will proceed to play an integral function within the firm’s mannequin line-up.
Talking on the firm’s 2019 press convention, board member HJ Rothenbieler mentioned that though there are not any rapid plans to consolidate the line-up, S and RS efficiency vehicles might be tailored to go well with buyer demand and stringent emissions rules.
The present RS6 and RS4 have already made the transfer to smaller-capacity V6 engines, with the V10-powered R8 flagship set to be reborn in 2022 as an electrical supercar.
The just lately revealed E-tron GT is step one, mentioned the model, within the electrification of its vary of efficiency autos.
Eager to keep up its “sporty DNA”, in keeping with Rothenbieler, Audi will preserve producing efficiency icons in the identical vein because the Quattro and R8, and is actively contemplating retaining the TT sports activities automotive in some kind.
Gross sales potential, nonetheless, might be a priority. CEO Bram Schot mentioned: “We can not afford to develop vehicles which don't reply to our clients’ needs”.
Varied S fashions are included within the model’s future product technique, though Audi plans for the E-tron GT to function a benchmark for upcoming sports activities fashions.
Rothenbieler mentioned Audi Sport’s crimson emblem mirrored its efficiency ethos, however might be tailored to include inexperienced as an indication of its electrical potential.
The ‘emotional’ facet of driving S and RS fashions will stay, mentioned the panel, with electrified powertrains able to a lot faster acceleration than their conventionally fuelled counterparts, and related steering and suspension know-how permitting for larger driver management.
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