Awhile back, the (mad) people at ABT Sportsline tuned an Audi RS6 Avant to make an astonishing 730 hp and 679 lb-ft of torque and they called it the RS6-R. Apparently, that wasn’t enough somehow and they decided to up the ante. To do so, they sandwiched a couple of electric motors in the middle of the car, with a battery pack under the trunk, to create the ABT Audi RS6-E.
Packing an extra 288 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque, the ABT Audi RS6-E makes a combined, and absolutely absurd, 1,018 hp and 952 lb-ft of torque.
What’s interesting is that under 62 mph, it’s just a standard ABT Audi RS6-R, as the electric power is only available above 62 mph, in gears three through eight and only comes on when you press a green, lightning bolt-labeled button on the steering wheel. When you do that, you drop the full 1,018 hp hammer and it simply flies. While 0-60 mph comes in 3.5 seconds, which isn’t much faster than the standard car due to the extra weight of the electric motors and battery, it gets from 62-124 mph in 5.8 seconds.
That makes it able to get from 0-124 mph in 9.3 seconds, which is shockingly fast for a near-5000 lb luxury wagon. A McLaren 720 S does the same sprint in 7.8 seconds but that’s a mid-engine supercar made from carbon fiber and weighs at least 1,000 lbs less, to put the RS6-E’s performance into perspective.
According to Motor1, the ABT Audi RS6-E is shockingly docile. While its performance is mighty, the electric motors come on in such a way that it’s never frightening or nerve-wracking. It’s like riding a tidal wave of torque and double-cream.
What’s also impressive is that, despite being a prototype, the RS6-E isn’t any less sophisticated inside. There are no extra wires visible or bits of trim out of place. It’s as tidy and luxurious as a standard RS6, which is to say its very good. Only the bright green trim and stitching reminds you that you’re in something special.
We never really though the Audi RS6 needed to be faster, then the RS6-R came out. We really never thought it needed to be faster than that but now the RS6-E is here. Oh boy.