We’re hearing reports that the new Audi RS6 Avant will use the same 4.0 liter twin-turbocharged V8 as the Porsche Panamera Turbo and, its older sibling, the Audi RS7. It’s also said that it will make over 600 hp right out of the factory, says Autocar.
This current-generation of Audi RS6 Avant is getting old but the crazy thing is that it’s still seriously competitive in the segment. Even with its new competitors, such as the BMW M5 and Mercedes-AMG E63 S, which both pack immense firepower, the RS6 Avant is still relevant. In its ‘Performance’ guise, the Audi RS6 Avant makes 605 hp and is capable of 0-60 mph in the low three-second range.
That makes it almost as fast as its brand-new competition, despite being a significantly older than both. But this new one will make more than 600 hp and will also pack 590 lb-ft of torque, putting its power right in the mix with the best in the segment. But it will also be lighter than the current, and outgoing, RS6, about 80 kg (176 lbs) lighter, thanks to being built on Audi’s newer, lighter and more high-tech MLB architecture.
We don’t doubt that the new RS6 Avant will be more powerful, lighter and faster than the outgoing car. Just the new Audi A6 is lighter, faster and more dynamic than the one it replaces. With all of that aforementioned power and a lighter weight chassis, we expect the new Audi RS6 Avant to be able to tackle 60 mph in three seconds flat.
Being that both BMW and AMG came to almost the same, and correct, conclusion on how to make a sport sedan — 4.0-something liter twin-turbo V8, over 600 hp, automatic gearbox and an all-wheel drive system with a rear-wheel drive mode, it will be interesting to see if Audi creates some sort of two-wheel drive mode. It’s unlikely to be honest, as Quattro is instrumental in the brand’s success, but it’s not outside the realm of possibility.
The Audi RS6 Avant is set to rebut at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show, far after the new Audi S6 debuts. So it likely won’t go on sale until late 2019.