Quattro chief Stephan Reil says future RS models could get a hybrid setup featuring a second generation of batteries.

Quattro chief Stephan Reil says future RS models could get a hybrid setup featuring a second generation of batteries.

In an interview with Top Gear magazine, the man in charge of Audi's quattro division said they considered a gasoline-electric variant of the recently introduced RS3 Sportback but decided not to pursue the possibility since there were more downsides compared to advantages.

He went on to specify that although hybridization does bring more straight line performance, it's not yet on par with their level of expectations regarding how it feels and the performance when cornering. However, Reil said the next-gen battery technology has potential as the packs will be smaller and lighter which is why they are not ruling out a hybrid RS model.

Audi will install the latest advancements in battery technology in the all-electric production R8 e-tron confirmed to debut in March at the Geneva Motor Show alongside the conventional-powered version. Their range-topping supercar could spawn a TDI-powered version rumored to come out in 2017 so it's safe to say that times are changing in the segment of fast, high-powered cars. 

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Audi says next generation of batteries could be installed in a hybrid RS model