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Audi Sport to introduce its first high-performance electric vehicle by the end of 2020

Audi Sport is known for creating high performance versions of some Audi vehicles, with a focus on higher levels of sportiness. So far, its high-performance creations are all powered by conventional engines. But with Audi in the process of releasing three electric vehicles by the end of the decade and electrifying its fleet, Audi Sport is following suit by introducing electrified high performance cars starting 2020.

Plans to introduce electrified performance cars were confirmed by no other than the outgoing chief executive officer of Audi Sport, Stephan Winkelmann, during the launch of the new Audi RS4. Winkelmann, who used to be the top honcho of Lamborghini, is leaving Audi’s high-performance arm to become the CEO of Bugatti. Audi, Bugatti and Lamborghini are part of the Volkswagen Group, which recently launched the Roadmap E program that calls for the creation of 80 new EVs – spread among group brands – by 2025.

According to Winkelmann, Audi Sport is planning to create more high-performance models derived from Audi’s sport utility vehicles. As such, there is a great chance that SUVs would be Audi Sport’s first EVs, to be followed by other vehicles. All of these new electrified vehicles will allow Audi Sport to be more revolutionary and less evolutionary, Winkelmann remarked.

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Audi Sport plans to launch 5 new models by 2020

Audi Sport GmbH, formerly known as Quattro GmbH, will have a lot of work to do as it recently confirmed that there will be five new series production models by the end of the decade. Audi Sport initially planned to introduce 11 series production models by 2020, but with the appointment of a new technical development chief, the high performance division is setting its sights higher.

By 2020, Audi Sport will aim to deliver 16 models. The new number isn't surprising considering that Stephan Reil – Audi Sport’s former technical development chief – revealed earlier this year the division’s development strategy. He then told Steven Ewing of Motor1 in an interview that in the past, an Audi vehicle would have its high-performance version late in its life cycle. Now, the development of Audi’s new vehicles and Audi Sport’s high-performance counterpart is done in parallel.

As for how Audi Sport plans to diversify its upcoming products, the high-performance division hasn’t released any details yet. Right now, crossovers and SUVs are the hottest thing in the auto industry, and Audi is definitely cashing in on its premium crossovers (Audi Q family). Creating high-performance versions of these Q models would be a logical thing. With Audi’s deep vehicle lineup – including all vehicle types – Audi Sport has a lot of models to choose from to transform into its next high-performance vehicle.

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The rear-wheel drive 2018 Audi R8 V10 RWS is finally here, with less weight too

Finally, Audi Sport takes the cover off the R8 V10 RWS at the dawn of 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. The long awaited rear-wheel drive R8 is here, and as the newest addition to the supercar's range, the automaker decided to only produce 999 units of the Coupe and the Spyder trims.

For the R8 V10 RWS, Audi had to get rid of the Quattro system to give way to the RWD layout, though the naturally aspirated V10 remains intact. Now, without the Quattro, the R8 loses as much as 50 kilograms (110 pounds) for the fixed roof model, while the droptop only loses 40 kilos (88 pounds). The 5.2 FSI V10 engine is mounted on the middle, where it produces the same 540 horsepower (397 kilowatts) and 540 Newton-metres (398 pound-feet) of torque as the all-wheel drive version of the R8. This is why the RWD version lacks the rear wing of the more powerful Plus model. The R8 is better known for an extreme track day more than just cruising around Beverly Hills.

In terms of performance, the Coupe version can accelerate from a standstill to 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in only 3.7 seconds - that makes it two tenths of a second faster than the R8 with the Quattro system. The Spyder, on the other hand, can finish the task in 3.8 seconds, considering that it is slightly heavier. It is still 0.2 seconds faster than its AWD sibling. The R8 Coupe version can still go off to a maximum of 198.8 miles per hour (320 kilometers per hour), while the Spyder does it in 197.6 miles per hour (318 kph), same as its Quattro counterpart.

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Stephan Winkelmann is leaving Audi Sport, will become Bugatti CEO

You have probably heard of the name Stephan Winkelmann, more so if you’re in the automotive industry. He was once the big boss of Lamborghini for 10 years, until first quarter of last year when he became head of Audi Sport. Now, he is switching teams again to move to Bugatti, as he replaces Wolfgang Durheimer as President. But this move still puts him within the VW Group.

The 52-year-old executive spent most of his time in the industry with Lamborghini, acting as the CEO of the Italian supercar marque from 2005 to 2016. And this year, he will be replacing Bugatti’s former CEO, the 59-year-old Durheimer after a quick year with Audi Sport. Though Durheimer wanted to leave the company before the end of the year, he was convinced to stay for the launch of the upcoming Continental GTC, that is the convertible version of the GT. Therefore, he will still be chairman of Bentley for the time being.

Back in the day when Winkelmann was in Lamborghini, he was able to help the brand triple its number of dealerships.

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June 11 is an important date for Audi and its enthusiasts. You have all probably heard something about the 2018 Audi A8 (D5) that people have been anticipating for the longest time. Though the A8 took the spotlight that day, the company also announced some pretty exciting things for other models in their lineup.

Audi Sport will be adding a number of Performance Parts the current TT and the R8 models. These upgrades range from exterior and interior design, to the suspension and exhaust system. The great thing about this is that you can just hand over your current ride, and they’ll do the work for you; there is no need to buy a new car.

One of the few upgrades would be the new sport brake linings that are of better quality compared to the original ones, they take longer to fade and can work with both the steel and ceramic brakes. These linings will be paired with titanium carrying plates, which will reduce about 2.2 pounds (1 kilogram). For the TT RS, the company can fit in steel front brake discs with your choice of cooling kits - all of them are compatible with the standard trim, and the higher TTS and TT RS trims.

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Some people may think Audi Sport is a new company but it is in fact the motorsport division of Audi combined with the best of what Quattro GmbH can offer. The first three models that this partnership is expected to release will be the RS3, the RS5 Coupe, and the TT RS. These made their official debut during the 2017 New York Auto Show, scheduled from April 14 to April 24.

Both Audi of America Vice President for Product Management Filip Brabec and Quattro GM Stephan Reil confirmed that additional models will be released in the near future. According to the two, the RS range will continue to have new models and both customers and enthusiasts alike should expect the newest version of the RS7 to be unveiled along with the new A7.

Reil in particular has been in-charge of all the RS models for at least 18 years now. He explains that in developing this model, the brand introduced an entirely new strategy. In particular, Audi Sport develops new models starting with the base car. Reil says that the practice in the past was to have the actual model at the end of the lifecycle. However, he continues, they are developed in conjunction with the others much like the RS3.

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Audi of America officially launched at the 2017 New York International Auto Show its newest brand, the Audi Sport. Formerly known as quattro GmbH, this new brand is founded on a long and highly successful motorsport tradition. It actually goes all the way back to the 1930s and started with Auto Union’s now iconic “Silver Arrow.” This model then was considered as the world standard when it comes to the racing tracks.

By the 1980s, the company introduced the Audi Quattro and with its permanent all-wheel drive, it managed to perform well in a number of rally competitions. When 2000 came into the picture, Audi fitted its models with new combustion engines and put in new lighting technologies. This resulted in the company winning at Le Mans with a total of 13 victories.

This new brand is expected to display that best of track-tested performance from Audi. Customers should expect quality, innovation, and excellent balance when it comes to driving dynamics. With the launching, the brand revealed as well that a total of 8 new models are slated to be released in the U.S. market over the next 2 years.

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Some may find it hard to believe, but Audi is no longer considering diesel models as its priority. This was confirmed by Audi Sport’s Stephan Winkelman himself in a recent interview with Motoring during the new RS 3’s premiere.

When asked to comment how dieselgate has affected the brand, the head for Audi’s performance division responded that it is now shifting its focus on to vehicles that are more appealing to the global consumers. Besides, Audi Sport is a brand that has to be credible and consistent. The core values he said, have to match the consistency of their products especially when it comes to handling, weight, range, top speed and acceleration.

In addition, Winkelmann thinks that since not all countries are the main market for diesel models, he no longer sees it useful to come out with just one engine. Having just one car to offer, he believes will lessen their opportunities particularly in North America and Asia. Due to limited budget and their need to build more vehicles that will cater to all markets worldwide, the diesel models as Winkelmann confirms will be more like a second priority.

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In a recent interview with Car Advice, Audi Sport’s Stephan Winkelmann hinted at the possibilities of a hypercar program. Mercedes-Benz as we know will be launching its own version of the low-volume, high-powered supercar in September at the Frankfurt Auto Show. Perhaps it’s also true that if not for the AMG-specced Project One, he wouldn’t even dare to consider the thought.

As the former head of Lamborghini, Winkelmann has a background on hypercars at least one way or another. Since he’s now the head of Audi Sport, (the high performance sub brand that develops the Audi RS), people couldn’t help but wonder what he’s up to especially after another German competing brand is set to launch a hypercar within this year.

While at the Bathurst 12-Hour GT3 Endurance competition in Australia, it looks like Winkelmann has been contemplating about it already when he stated that “coming from a brand where we did this in the past and we put it to a new level, if it’s about a very limited car with a high price to test the value of the brand, it might be a good idea.” Well, if ever that’s the case, we’re more than thrilled to see how it would go along with Mercedes’ first ever road legal supercar to be made available commercially using Formula One’s hybrid powertrain.

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