Audi may expand the RS 6 Avant lineup with a top-of-the-line variant named Plus, according to a new report. If the super wagon is approved for production, it will have more power but will be lighter than the RS 6 Avant.
When interviewed by England's CAR Magazine, Stephan Reil, the head of Audi's Quattro division, said that the RS 6 Avant's 4.0-liter V8 engine's output has to be raised by about 9% for a Plus model to attract attention during the launch.
Considering that the existing model has an output of 552hp, the figure that Reil gave implies that the eagerly awaited Plus could deliver more than 600hp. The additional power will come with a drop in weight because of the widespread use of carbon fiber and aluminum parts. In addition, it gets a model-specific suspension setup that will lend it a sportier ride.
Reil explained that a Plus model will always be handled differently from the standard car. The upcoming version is different from the first-gen RS 6 Avant Plus that came out in 2004 as a limited-edition since it will enter Audi lineup as a regular-production model. It’s expected that further details on the RS 6 Avant Plus will be offered in the weeks that lead up to the Geneva Motor Show.