Audi has announced plans to implement some form of electrification into all RS models in the next six years.
This decision has been taken as a measure to keep up with more stringent emissions regulations, including those who will come into effect in 2021 and will require all European cars to emit less than 90 g/km of CO2. Talking to , quattro's managing director Heinz Hollerweger said Audi is already working on updating the RS models to keep with these requirements.
Without going too much into details, Hollerweger disclosed plans to add electrification to all RS-badged cars by 2020 which will enable these performance vehicles to go below the 100 g/km mark. Some of these models will probably make use of an electric turbocharger as seen in the RS5 TDI concept from earlier this year.
Hollerweger went on to say that hybrid systems and super capacitors are also taken into consideration, admitting "there's no technical reason why there couldn't be a five-cylinder hybrid" while "superconductors could be an interesting alternative because the weight is much lighter, but costs are much higher."
As a final note, we remind you that Hollerweger admitted the next-gen RS4 will lose the V8 engine, probably in favor of a smaller and more efficient turbocharged V6.