Audi has completely discontinued development of the classic next generation gasoline and diesel engines. The chief engineer of the German brand Markus Düsmann told Automobilewoche about this.
According to the top manager, Audi will continue to improve its current combustion powertrains to meet new environmental regulations in Europe. At the same time, fine-tuning the engines to the Euro-7 standards, which should come into force in 2025, will be an “extremely difficult task”.
Duesmann criticized the EU’s overly aggressive policy of tightening emission standards, saying that the environmental benefits of cleaner engines would be minimal and would not justify the huge costs of upgrading engines.
It is assumed that the famous six-liter W12 petrol unit will be the last “big” classic Audi engine. It will be equipped with the most luxurious version of the A8 flagship sedan, which will be produced under the revived Horch brand. With the end of the life cycle of the model, the use of this motor will finally cease. In addition, the Germans will stop using the V10 unit, which is now installed on the Audi R8 supercar and the Lamborghini Huracan soplatform model.
At the beginning of 2021, Markus Düsmann announced that in the next 10-15 years, Audi will completely abandon classic internal combustion engines, including as part of hybrid installations. The Germans will switch to electric vehicles, which are becoming more and more popular every year.
In the next 10-15 years, a number of car companies are planning to remove cars with traditional gasoline and diesel engines from their lineup. For example, after 2025, Jaguar will switch to electric motors, and five years later Volvo will follow its example. In addition, Ford is preparing a global electrification of its model line, which by 2030 will abandon cars with gasoline and diesel engines in Europe.