Audi RS6 Could Get Almost-700bhp Hybrid Powertrain

The logo of Audi carmaker is seen at the entrance of a showroom in Nice, France, April 8, 2019. (Photo: REUTERS/Eric Gaillard)

The next-gen Audi RS6 could have nearly-700bhp hybrid powertrain according to a recent report. The carmaker has recently hinted that the upcoming Audi RS6 Avant in a cryptic teaser picture. While the car is hidden under a cover, the taillights and the wider wheel-arch are very visible. The upcoming car will be launched during a special launch event at the early part of September and most likely during the Frankfurt Motor Show later in August.

Earlier, several spy photographers caught the next-generation Audi RS6 Avant under testing at the Nürburgring. It is anticipated to follow the next-generation Audi RS7 in terms of getting a hybrid powertrain that can provide almost 700bhp. At launch, the Audi RS6 Avant will go toe to toe with the Mercedes-AMG E63 S estate and the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo Turbo S E-Hybrid.

As for the price of the next-generation Audi RS6 Avant, nothing is officially confirmed yet, but the general consensus is that it would be available at around £100,000 before options. There were also previous reports claiming to have seen the Audi RS6 in heavy disguise but with all the right indications of the RS performance design hallmarks. This includes the massive alloy wheels, oversized twin exhausts, muscular body, and massive breaks.

The next-generation Audi RS6 reportedly will be available in a couple of variants. These are the performance and standard versions. Both of these variants are highly likely to have a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine that is also found in the Bentley Bentayga and in the Lamborghini Urus. The standard model could have approximately 600bhp while the performance models might get the extra 100bhp.

Both versions might have the Quattro all-wheel-drive system as well as the dual-clutch auto gearbox. The upcoming Audi RS6 is also expected to feature all of the latest safety technology from the Audi A6. This includes the AEB or the autonomous braking, as well as the lane, keep assist.

There are several claims that the Audi RS6 might finally arrive in North America. According to speculations, all the indicators are up that the car is coming in the US. Last February, Audi told Motor Authority that it is actively looking of bringing the Audi RS6 Avant and the Audi standard A6 Avant to the country along with its next-generation vehicles.

The carmaker also encouraged fans to continue requesting or speaking in favor of bringing Audi cars in North America. Will Audi really arrive in North America this year?

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