The four-ringed German marque has really come into its own in the last decade, with Audi now setting a benchmark for what a luxury sports car - at an accessible price - can and should be. These days they’re propagating this philosophy with the volume cranked all the way up, producing a comprehensive range of SUVs, sedans, estates and supercars.
While the most significant updates for the 2021 model year have been reserved for their entry-level offerings, their top performance vehicles (basically anything with an ‘R’ or ‘RS’ in the name) are also bearing some good news. The most significant is the debut of the RS6 Avant, RS7 and RS Q8 in North America; all of which will arrive as 2021 models.
The Audi R8 will retain its position as poster boy at the top of the performance hierarchy, even though the car has been rumoured to have its retirement date set to no later than 2023. In celebration or in spite of this - depending on how you look at it - Audi has announced that the R8 will be permanently available in rear-wheel drive configuration going forward. Previously, the rear-wheel drive R8 was a limited-run version of the otherwise all-wheel drive car, which featured briefly in 2018.
With the company changing its focus to EV production and technologies, it will be interesting to see how things play out for Audi over the next decade. Will Audi be taking the lead on this next generation of transportation? How will their philosophies and definitions of an “engaging driving experience” be affected by this transformation?
We look forward to following them as they embark on this journey.