The Volkswagen Group is embracing electrification and Audi will play a key role in the company's push as the automaker has already announced plans to launch more than 20 plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles by 2025.
Given the company's move towards eco-friendly powertrains, it comes as little surprise that Audi Sport boss Stephan Winkelmann recently confirmed the brand's performance models will also adopt electrification.
Speaking to Autocar, Winkelmann said Audi Sport will launch its first electrified model by the end of 2020. The outgoing executive declined to say which vehicle he was talking about but confirmed the model will be followed by additional electrified vehicles in the future.
Electrified vehicles will play an important role in Audi Sport's future but Winkelmann said fans of conventional engines needn't worry. As he explained, "We are not forgetting our icons, so we will continue to build them." The executive said we can expect a handful of turbocharged models over the next three years and they will remain part of the company's lineup as long as regulations allow it.
Winkelmann went on to reveal we can expect more high-performance crossovers in the future. He believes they will help the division to increase its sales and visibility in Asia and North America.
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