The division also has a new technical development boss.
Oliver Hoffmann is the new Head of Technical Development at Audi Sport as of October 1, replacing long-time boss Stephan Reil who now takes a new, undisclosed role at the Four Rings. Hoffman’s major order of business is adding five more models to the high-performance division's lineup by 2020, taking the total from 11 vehicles to 16 in just a few years.
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Audi Sport doesn’t offer any details about its upcoming products, but rumors and spy shots paint a clear picture of what to expect. High-performance crossovers are likely a future specialty of the division. Photos already practically confirm a new RS Q3 on the horizon. Plus, sporty versions of the Q5, Q7, and maybe the Q8 would follow in the near future. Among the division’s cars, there would be a new RS5 Sportback, RS6 Avant, and RS7. In addition, there are rumors of a future iteration of the RS5 convertible, too.
In an interview with Motor1 Managing Editor Steven Ewing earlier this year, Reil explained Audi Sport’s current development strategy. “In the past, you had the car, the RS model, right at the end of the lifecycle,” Reil said. The division recently switched to creating its high-performance vehicles in parallel with Audi’s new products.
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Hoffman moves to Audi Sport from his current role in powertrain development at the Four Rings. His work there in the past has included developing the V10 for the Audi R8. He also previously did quality management at Lamborghini.
Gallery: 2018 Audi RS4 Avant
OLIVER HOFFMAN TAKES OVER AS THE NEW HEAD OF TECHNICAL DEVELOPMENT AT AUDI SPORT
Responsible for the product campaign over the coming years
Stephan Winkelmann, CEO of Audi Sport GmbH: “Expansion of the Audi Sport model range to 16 series production vehicles by 2020”
Neckarsulm, October 4, 2017 – Oliver Hoffmann (40) took over as Head of Technical Development at Audi Sport GmbH on October 1. He succeeds Stephan Reil (52) in this role, and is now responsible for the upcoming product campaign from the Audi subsidiary brand. By 2020, the number of Audi Sport series production models is set to increase from 11 to 16.
Most recently, Oliver Hoffmann worked on powertrain development at AUDI AG. His previous professional roles both in Germany and abroad include quality management at Automobili Lamborghini and at the Audi factory in Györ, Hungary, as well as the development of the V10 high-performance engines used in the Audi R8. Hoffmann was born in 1977 in Hanover and studied mechanical engineering.
“With the appointment of Oliver Hoffmann, we have gained a highly qualified manager for the Technical Development division,” says Stephan Winkelmann, CEO of Audi Sport GmbH. “With his experience and skills, Hoffmann will help to realise the expansion of the Audi Sport brand.”
Hoffman has taken over as Head of Technical Development at Audi Sport GmbH from Stephan Reil. Part of the “foundations” of Audi Sport, Reil has been responsible for the development of all vehicle projects since the first Audi RS 4 Avant in the year 1999. “Through his dedication and hard work over many years, Stephen Reil has contributed significantly to the growth and success of Audi Sport,” emphasises Stephan Winkelmann. Reil is taking on a new role within AUDI AG.
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