Interestingly, Ugur Yeter, who was in charge of improving the RS5 Competition’s sound and character, told us that he believes there’s a “90/10” chance that the combustion engine will live on for more than a decade because the V6 twin-turbo mill in the RS5 is so good and so efficient that, with electrification, the same basic engine could well beat emissions requirements beyond 2030.
However, avoiding full-scale electrification depends on a number of factors, from synthetic fuel technology to the brand’s focus in the future. Oliver Hoffman, the brand’s head of technical development, has expressed interest in creating an all-electric RS6 Avant, commenting that “the PPE platform has a wide range in terms of power output. For me, it’s very clear that when we present an electric A6, it has to also include some performance versions of it.”
Interestingly, Yeter also told us that the next B10 Audi A4 (and therefore subsequent RS4 and RS5) will be based on the new C9 A6, which means the brand can keep its options open for future powertrains. Expect the B10 in 2025.