German company Audi says 'no' to RS hybrid models
German luxury car manufacturer Audi will not be introducing an RS hybrid model in the near future, as it wants to wait until battery technology improves. Quattro GmbH chief Stephan Reil, speaking at the launch of the latest RS3, said that his company had weighed up the facts and decided that the negatives were more than the positives.
He added: "We know that it 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."
Even though other top companies, such as Porsche, Ferrari and McLaren, have used hybrid technology in performance vehicles, Mr Reil clearly believes that the true performance car should be powered by petrol and that this is the best format for Audi RS models.
Mr Reil did admit, however, that when battery technology develops, there will come a time when it will be a natural choice to bring out an RS hybrid.It therefore appears that the rumours that have been floating around the industry about the possibility of a hybrid RS in 2015 are entirely unfounded. When such a car does arrive in the showrooms, the hybrid R8 is not likely to be alone in moving away from petrol power. It could be that a diesel R8 is due in the next generation, especially after the RS5 TDI proved such a success at Le Mans.