According to Autocar, the next generation of the Audi RS 4 would be equipped with a 100% electric engine and would be based on the PPE platform.
The Audi RS 4 has been in the range for some time now, while the current generation was presented in 2017 at the Frankfurt Motor Show, with marketing in stride. A fourth version which then made a real leap forward on the aesthetic level, and which also took the opportunity to increase the power of its engine, a V6 biturbo developing no less than 450 horsepower. In 2019, the sportswoman with the rings undergoes a slight restyling, focusing mainly on the front face, which has become much more aggressive and is then inspired by the RS 6 Avant. As for the characteristics, they remained unchanged, with a peak torque still at 600 Nm, enough to achieve 0 to 100 km / h in only 4.1 seconds. But now the sportswoman from Ingolstadt is starting to age, and we are starting to talk about her renewal, which must take place in the years to come.
For now, we still know very little about this next generation, while a prototype has so far been seen by spy photographers, to whom nothing generally escapes. But already, rumors are rife on the engine that will equip the sports car, which should unsurprisingly go through the electrification box, in order to better meet the demands of European leaders in terms of polluting emissions. And it would seem that our British colleagues fromCoach are already well informed on the subject, claiming that two versions of the Audi RS 4 will be offered to customers. The first will keep the V6 2.9 liter biturbo gasoline of current version, to which will be grafted an electric motor, allowing then undoubtedly to reach the symbolic bar of 500 horses. The sports car will then be rechargeable, but it will still be necessary to wait before knowing precisely the technical data, which will be detailed during the presentation of this future generation.
A zero-emission version
But that’s not all, because it is also rumored that another version of the sports car would be in the boxes, a completely new variation since it would this time be powered by a 100% electric motor. A great first therefore for this variant, which would then be based on the PPE platform developed in partnership with Porsche, already fitted to the Taycan. This RS 4 e-tron, whose name could change, however, should not take the form of a station wagon but could rather look like a sedan, which would then be located under the Audi e-tron GT within the range. . If nothing has yet been confirmed, our English colleagues are already talking about a maximum power revolving around 475 horsepower.
A standard version will also be marketed, the Audi A4 e-tron, which will be positioned under the A6 e-tron. It should then compete head-on with the BMW i4 and others Tesla Model 3. Thermal variations would also be planned, for the very last time, while the sedan could become purely electric in a few years.
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