Audi Sport is ready to offer S and high-performance RS trims, from placing its RS badging on Audi’s lineup of EVs, Autocar reported on Thursday.
Audi’s version of the Taycan, the E-Tron GT, is set to receive both S and RS derivatives in the same vein as Porsche’s first electric car is currently offered in 4S, Turbo, and Turbo S flavors. It’s unclear at this moment whether Audi’s stylish zero-emissions sedan will carry over the technical specs of its Stuttgart sibling, which offers 523 hp, 670 hp, and 751 hp, respectively.
According to the same report, Audi is planning to introduce the S version from day one, with the range-topping RS to arrive at a later date. The Four Rings is expected to unveil the production-ready E-Tron GT in the second half of November at the 2020 Los Angeles Auto Show, so the spicy RS model is unlikely to debut until towards the end of 2021 / early 2022.
Audi Sport is also allegedly working on the revival of its ill-fated R8 E-Tron. The original version unveiled in 2009 as a concept never made it to the assembly line, while the second-generation model launched in 2015 was phased out within two years due to poor demand largely caused by the exorbitant price tag of about $1 million.
During its 16-month run, the R8 E-Tron only generated about 100 sales. Audi Sport chief Oliver Hoffmann said hybrid technology, specifically plug-in hybrid technology, will feature in future RS cars.
Other sources: Motor1