Currently, the most powerful iteration of the Audi RS6 Avant is the ‘Performance’ variant. Making 605 hp from its 4.0 liter twin-turbocharged V8, the RS6 Avant Performance is a monster that’s still capable of keeping up with much newer, more powerful competition. Which might be why it doesn’t seem as if Audi is looking to give the RS6 any more power with the next generation.
According to Autocar, the next-gen Audi RS6 Avant will pack the same 4.0 liter twin-turbo V8 as the new Porsche Panamera and it’s said that it will make the same 605 hp as before. However, torque is said to swell from 553 lb-ft to 590 lb-ft. That might sound wildly exciting, especially considering the firepower that its competitors are packing, but it should make the next RS6 significantly faster, thanks to an 80 kg (176 lbs) drop in weight.
All of that power will be sent through an eight-speed automatic to all four wheels, via Quattro all-wheel drive. So it should still have the same sort of brutal acceleration as the current car.
As for the current Audi RS6 Avant Performance, the folks in Ingolstadt claim a 0-60 mph time of 3.7 seconds but we’ve seen it break that with ease, heading into the low three-second range. So we expect the new one to hit that low-three second range with ease.
The aforementioned competition the Audi RS6 Avant will have to face when it debuts will immediately be fierce, as it includes the new Mercedes-AMG E63 S and the new BMW M5. Both of which also use twin-turbo V8s, auto ‘boxes and all-wheel drive. Both of which also blast to 60 mph remarkably quickly, with the M5 capable of breaking into the two-second range.
Don’t expect the new Audi RS6 Avant to hit the road until 2019, as the new Audi S6 hasn’t even been revealed yet.