Audi’s RS performance division had a record year in 2020

Going from strength to strength, it is clear that Audi's performance division did not suffer during 2020.

Audi’s RS performance division had a record year in 2020 despite coronavirus restrictions impacting sales. 

The German firm delivered more than 29,300 vehicles, representing a year-on-year increase of 16 per cent despite the pandemic having an effect across the entire industry.

It’s partly down to the fact that Audi Sport now has its widest range of cars ever. There are now 15 S and RS Audis including the RS e-tron GT, the first electric vehicle to wear the badge. 

Rolf Michl, head of sales and marketing at Audi Sport, said: “The aspect of sustainability adds a crucial element to performance – different from what we’ve seen in the past, but definitely fascinating.

“The RS e-tron GT is a passionate statement against uniformity. It delivers up to 637bhp of total power and 830 Nm total torque. Its acceleration is incredible and is sure to wow even the most sceptical critics – this is another milestone for us as we enter a new era of all-electric high performance that appeals to both our loyal long-time customers and new customers.”

And though the performance firm is more commonly known for its petrol and diesel cars, its future is centred around producing electric and plug-in hybrid models. In fact, it is aiming to have half of its sales either partially or fully electrified by 2024, with up to 80 per cent by 2026.

Audi also chose to tease the new RS 3 while announcing the record sales. In the released photos, the hatchback and saloon models take pride of place while wearing subtle camouflage. 

It’s set to keep the same 2.5-litre five-cylinder petrol as before but utilise a new year differential which should help to improve handling. 

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