For a long time there has been speculation about the possibility of a total change for one of the most radical sedans on the market. The Audi RS 6 Avant is an institution in itself. A high-performance family capable of standing up to the great sports cars on the market. Audi knows the importance of doing things right with it, and that is why it will propose an important change for the next generation, although not as much as we initially imagined: The Audi RS 6 Avant will be a plug-in hybrid in its next generation.
The latest news to which we had access indicated a much more forceful electrified jump. At the end of last year the rumor of an RS 6 Avant e-tron spread like wildfire. Everything indicated that the next generation of the saloon, the C9 generation, would leave behind any trace of combustion to completely embrace the 100% electric systems, stealing part of its mechanics from the impressive Audi RS e-tron GT. However, Audi has changed its mind, but what has led to it?
The RS 6 Avant is not the best-selling model in the range, but it is one that generates the most brand image. Hundreds of thousands of photos of the exaggerated and attractive family sports saloon run around the world and, as you know, the Germans are not very given to radical changes. For that reason Stephan Reil, current head of research and development and former head of Audi Sport He has admitted to the Wheels medium that the goal is to turn the RS 6 Avant into a plug-in hybrid sedan, and has even given some technical brushstrokes.
Reil himself has confirmed that Audi will employ an improved version of the current MHEV scheme. It is unknown if the V8 engine will remain in the engine compartment or if, on the contrary, a smaller engine will be chosen., such as Porsche’s three-liter V6. What is clear is that it will be accompanied by one or two electric motors and a high-capacity battery that will provide a high range of autonomy. The launch date is set for the end of 2025, at which point the current generation C8 will say goodbye.
Will there be an electric version?
Stephan Reil’s words to the Australian medium have not closed the doors to the full electrification of the RS 6 Avant. In fact, he has confirmed that it will arrive, although not as soon as many expected. The Audi RS 6 Avant e-tron will make an appearance once the C9 generation is obsolete, that is to say that it will be the seventh generation of the sports saloon, code C10, which will receive the radical leap in its propulsion system. In this way, Audi will stagger the presence of electricity in the mechanics, moving from the current MHEV to a BEV (pure electric) system in two generations and not in one as everyone expected.
Obviously this decision delays the deadlines until beyond the year 2030. The C9 generation will see the light of day in 2025 and will remain alive for between six and eight years depending on the performance generated. With regard to power, no detailed data has been provided, although everyone expects great power figures capable of exceeding the current 600 horsepower. The change will imply a change in the platform, going on to use the future PPE platform that the Audi A6 e-tron will debut in a few years. When the electric age of the RS 6 Avant arrives, it will take a radical leap in performance, showing more than 700 horses.