ABT to make 1,000 hp Audi RS6-E

ABT has made some pretty powerful Audi RS6 Avants before, including the 705 hp RS6+. However, it’s about to top all of them with a new model, the ABT Audi RS6-E and it’s said to have 1,000 hp.

There’s no other information available, other than the fact that it will have 1,000 hp. ABT recently teased it on its Facebook page but gave out no other info. However, the ‘E’ badge does hint at possible electrification. Could this be a hybrid Audi RS6 Avant? That would certainly be an interesting way to make extra power. It would add a bit of weight, too, but I’m sure ABT has some sort of lightweight package to add to it.

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To be honest, it would actually make a lot of sense, as ABT has been working with Audi in Formula E for a few years now. So it understands electrification well and has access to some pretty impressive electric tech. Plus, ABT just recently made an all-electric RS3, which was really impressive. So using electrification to boost the RS6 Avant is actually smart.

We’re still assuming that the basis of this powertrain will be the 4.0 liter twin-turbo V8 that powers the standard RS6. In Performance-guise, the RS6 makes 605 hp with that engine and ABT was able to crank that to 705 hp. So if ABT can squeeze some more power out and add electric motors, it’s not crazy to think about cresting the 1,000 hp mark. The real question is, just how fast will it be? The standard RS6 can nail 60 mph in the low three-second range. Could a 1,000 hp hybrid version, with even more low-end torque, possible break in the two-second range? That would be astonishing.

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ABT will be revealing this Audi RS6 on July 5, which is only a couple of days away. So we don’t have to wait too long. Still, we’re waiting rather impatiently.

Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.