Electrification yes, but not to lower consumption. Audi RS will continue to use fat engines… while it can

The models of luxury y high performance They have always used mostly noble engines, that is, with more than 4 cylinders. The new Mercedes-AMG C 63 SE Performance lives up to the AMG tradition of massive power in a relatively compact body, but it does so with a 4-cylinder engine.

Is this the way for performance cars in the immediate future? In any case, Audi does not believe it. In fact, from the brand they assure that despite electrifying future Audi RS won’t do it with a 4-cylinder as main engine.

Some enthusiasts are not happy with the Mercedes move, although the most important thing is to know what the clientele will do; and I’m afraid it will still sell just as well as the old V8-powered C 63 S.

The new AMG C 63 declares 680 hp and a maximum torque of 1,020 Nm thanks to a 150 kW electric motor and a 476 hp 4-cylinder. They are more than striking figures for the AMG clientele. And in Audi they will look closely at how the AMG behaves in the market, but nevertheless they will not follow the same path.

Electrification to improve performance, not consumption

“Of course we will also electrify our cars,” he told CNET Constantin Dressler, head of product marketing at Audi Sport, during an event on Wednesday. “But we will not do a four-cylinder,” he added in a clear reference to the new Mercedes-AMG C63 SE Performance.

Audi RS2 Y RS4

Although in the history of Audi Sport (formerly Quattro GmbH), the department was able to develop 4-cylinder models, such as the legendary Audi A1 Quattro, no RS model was equipped with a 4-cylinder.

The RS models are synonymous with high performance and sportiness. In Audi’s history, RS engines have ranged from a turbocharged 5-cylinder, as in the original Audi RS 2 or RS 3, to twin-turbocharged V10s, as in earlier RS6s.

Audi RS 6

In front of the Mercedes-AMG C 63 SE Performance, Audi offers the Audi RS 4 Avant and Audi RS 5 Sportback. Both are equipped with a 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V6 with 450 hp and 600 Nm associated with an automatic gearbox and all-wheel drive.

As for future launches of the RS family, the brand could be working on a new RS Q5which could become the first Audi Sport model to feature an electrified powertrain.

Rumors suggest that this high-performance crossover could combine the 2.9-liter V6 from the RS4 and RS5 with an electric motor. And like the AMG proposal, the Audi Sport proposal would seek to improve performance with electrification and not so much efficiency.


Source: Motorpasión by www.motorpasion.com.

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