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Future Audi RS models will ditch four-cylinder engines and become plug-in hybrids

The next Audi RS 4 Avant, which is already in development, will be a powerful 500 hp PHEV.

Downsizing allowed the brands delve into supercharging and electrification technology to control consumption, emissions and performance figures.

A set to which all brands have succumbed, but which Audi Sport will not take advantage of for its sportier RS models, as the famous brand has other plans.

Audi sports marketing manager Constantin Dressler made the brand's intentions clear: "We will electrify our cars, of course, but we will not make four-cylinder engines," he said.

The next electrified generation of the Audi RS

The future Audi RS will continue to bet on big engine capacity, which means they will turn the two star blocks that sit on the Neckarsulm-based sports brand's organ bank into plug-in hybrids, so that the 4.0-liter V8 and 2 biturbo The 0.9-litre TFSI V6, which also has two turbines, will receive a powerful electric motor.

In this way, they will control emissions, which is the real key to the continued service of these sports models in most markets around the world.

Some combinations should keep the 2.9-liter V6 in the more exclusive D-segment products like the new RS 4 and RS Q5, while the imposing 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 that is past its performance date will continue to reign supreme in the market. , at least under the hood of the Audi RS 6 Avant and now with the PHEV version on board the Audi R8.

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