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Audi RS Models Could Switch to Rear-Wheel Drive

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Audi CEO hints that future high-performance Audi RS models could dump Quattro in favour of rear-wheel drive.

Audi has been a brand that has always taken pride in its rallying heritage, and more specifically, its hallmark all-wheel drive system, fittingly dubbed Quattro. Quattro has been always been the drivetrain of choice for Audi’s stove hot Audi RS models, helping drivers making the most of their bahnstorming power. But all that could change.

Audi CEO Stephan Winkelmann hinted at the Goodwood Festival of Speed that there could be rear-drive Audi RS models in future, with the aim of closing the gap between rear-drive AMGs and BMW M cars that offer slightly sharper dynamics.

 The switch to rear-wheel drive has been emphasised by Audi renaming its performance division from Quattro GmbH to Audi Sport, with the change allowing the brand more scope in future.

Two new Audi Sport models are expected to break cover at the Frankfurt motor show and an electric Audi RS should go on sale in the not-to-distant future.



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