Report: Audi poaches Lamborghini boss Winkelmann to head Quattro
Lamborghini chief executive Stephan Winkelmann is reportedly set to leave his post and take a new role at Audi.
The executive is said to have been assigned to head the Quattro GmbH division, replacing current managing director Heinz Peter Hollerweger, according to Car and Driver. The move essentially reshuffles leadership within VW Group, as Quattro is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Audi.
Winkelmann will be responsible for Audi’s highest-performance cars, such as the R8 and RS-badged family.
The executive spent 10 years holding the reins for the Raging Bull, overseeing the Aventador’s launch and the Gallardo’s transition to the current Huracan. He also is credited with pushing for the Urus SUV, which is expected to eventually account for more than half of the brand’s annual sales volume.
Former Ferrari Formula 1 team principal Stefano Domenicali is rumored to be the choice successor for Lamborghini chief executive. Hollerweger’s next move remains unclear, pending an official announcement of the executive shakeup.