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Report: Future Audi RS Cars to Adopt Hybrid Power

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 10/27/2014 Kelly Pleskot

If you thought automakers only had it tough trying to meet CAFE regulations in the U.S., think again. Stricter European emissions regulations will force Audi's RS cars to use hybrid powertrains, according to a new report from Auto Express.

Speaking with Auto Express, Quattro GmbH managing director Heinz Hollerweger said that all RS models will need in the future to incorporate some form of electrification to comply with new European Union regulations. Those new rules will require cars to achieve fuel economy above 65 mpg (by European measure) and carbon dioxide emissions below 100g/km by 2021.

Report: Future Audi RS Cars to Adopt Hybrid Power

Next generations of the fastest Audi Q5, Q7, A3, A4, A6, A7, and TT models will be engineered to accommodate hybrid power. Other RS models may be able to go one more full product cycle before 2020, allowing them to bypass the emissions rule. The R8 supercar will keep its V-10 engine, although an electrified E-tron version has been given the green light for the 2015 model year.

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Different models will likely receive different forms of electrification, the report said. Electric turbochargers, which were shown off in the A6 TDI Concept this year, are a possibility for 2016. Meanwhile, the Audi RS 3 Sportback has been the first of the RS 3 family to receive approval for production, and it will pack a five-cylinder turbo engine with at least 349 hp, and could be pre-engineered to be hybrid-compatible.

"Superconductors could be an interesting alternative for us because the weight is much lower, but the costs are much higher,” he also postulated.

Source: Auto Express

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