Audi has confirmed that until battery technology improves, it will not offer RS badged hybrid models.
The news was revealed by Quattro GmbH’s chief Stephan Reil while speaking with Top Gear at the launch of the new Audi RS3 Sportback. He revealed that despite the German marque investigating the potential of a hybrid RS, such a car isn’t currently on the cards.
According to Reil, “We know that it [hybridisation] could give us more in terms of straight line performance. But it is not just about straight-line performance. It is about performance in the bends, how it feels as well. At the moment there are more negatives than positives.”
Reil then hinted that once battery technology advances and improves, the German marque may reconsider creating a hybrid RS. “The next generation [of batteries] will be very interesting,” he said. “They are getting smaller and lighter. We don’t rule it out…”
[Via Top Gear]
Audi RS3 Sportback