There could be an awful lot more Audi models wearing angry body kits and “RS” badges if R&D boss Ulrich Hackenberg gets his way.
Hackenberg wants more hardcore “RS” variants for the Audi lineup. He believes that to help differentiate Audi vehicles from the rest of the Volkswagen Group, the focus has to be on Quattro in addition to “more RS versions topping almost every vehicle range.” To Hackenberg, Audi must “have a unique aura, a unique execution, and it must offer its own powertrains.”
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Ulrich Hackenberg has returned to Audi as R&D chief, after the position change hands twice within one year. Hackenberg is familiar with Audi, originally joining the company in 1985 before carrying several roles within the Volkswagen Group.
Most recently, Hackenberg went on the record to restore the Audi R8 e-tron project to a production timeline, and now he’s shared more information on his plans for the future of Audi.
His first major task will be to develop the second-generation MLB platform, which will debut on the 2015 Audi Q7.
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[Source: Car and Driver]
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