When the Audi RS6 Avant was first announced, it was actually a bit interesting to see that it didn’t make quite as much power as its rivals from BMW M and Mercedes-AMG. Same goes for the Audi RS7 Sportback, which uses the same engine. Admittedly, its 591 hp is only a few ponies shy of the BMW M5’s 600 hp and the Mercedes-AMG E63 S’ 603 hp. However, it’s still a touch less and we were surprised to see Audi not try and out-muscle those cars by just a few horsepower. Ya know, for spec-sheet bragging rights. As it turns out, Audi Sport might not be done just yet.
According to this report from Road & Track, two Audi Sport executives hinted at higher performance variants of some of their models, with hybrid power as a potential performance boost.
When speaking with R&T, Audi Sport’s head of technical development, Victor Underberg said about the Audi RS6 “Six-hundred is high, but if you say, ‘I would like to have a Competition [or] Performance model,’ at the end if the market is there, you can afford it, then you can make it”.
While that wasn’t Underberg officially stating higher-performance models were being developed, it’s likely what he was hinting out. Even more interesting than that is the fact that Audi Sport Boss Oliver Hoffman claimed higher-performance models were on their way and even that plug-in hybrid power is as well.
“In the future, we will have plug-in hybrid technology in our RS portfolio,” Hoffman said at a round-table discussion.
Combine those two quotes with original rumors about both cars claiming them to have plug-in hybrid versions with almost 700 hp and it seems as if that’s what they’re hinting at. None of this is confirmed, obviously, and we’re just making estimated guesses but it does seem as if we could see high-performance plug-in hybrid powertrains as options for both the Audi RS6 and RS7.