An all-new Audi RS6 is being prepared to rival the latest BMW M5 and the Mercedes E63 AMG, which will soon be modified. It will be powered by an uprated version of the new twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 that is borrowed from the S6, S7 and S8. The new RS6 was recently spotted while undergoing testing at the Nürburgring.
It’s likely to be launched at the Geneva show next year. It will go on sale in the UK in the middle of 2013. It will be offered with a saloon and estate variants. The naturally aspirated 5.0-litre V10 of its predecessor will be replaced by the new force-fed V8. Bentley has helped develop this engine, which can deliver a nominal 513bhp in the S8.
But detailed modifications such as turbocharger boost pressure are likely to add 59bhp, raising the output to 572bhp, says Autocar. It delivers power that’s at the same level as the old V10 and far more than the 414bhp of the S6 saloon and Avant. The torque is expected to go higher than the 479lb ft of the S8. A source from Audi told Autocar that it can offer over 516lb ft.
The power of the RS6 will surpass the 552bhp of the M5 and the maximum 549bhp offered by the present E63 AMG. Audi’s torque-sensing all-wheel drive system sends the power to all the four wheels. It comes with an active rear differential with torque vectoring. It’s not certain yet if the new car will have an eight-speed torque converter automatic gearbox or a more recent seven-speed, dual-clutch auto. It will be lighter than its predecessor by as much as 100kg due to the greater use of aluminium and carbonfibre.
Lightness and strength is name of the game for the body of the new Audi RS6 Avant, as it is made from high-tech steels and around 20 percent aluminum. Because of this, the new Audi RS6 Avant is lighter by nearly 100 kilograms (220.46 lbs) than its predecessor. While light, the body of the new Audi RS6 Avant has high levels of torsional rigidity and is strong enough to withstand crashes.
Meanwhile, the exterior of this Audi RS6 Avant is laden with matt aluminum applications. Its distinctive elements include its protective grille in high-gloss black as well as its bumpers, sill extensions and wheel arches. Allowing people to easily recognize the Audi RS6 Avant as a sporty premium model are the distinctive RS roof spoiler, the RS exhaust system's dual tailpipes and a diffuser.
As standard, the new RS6 Avant features Xenon plus headlights with LED daytime running lights as well as LED rear lights. For those who wanted more, the new RS6 Avant could be specified with the optional RS Sport exhaust system that features black tailpipe trims and a characteristic sound track. Also optional are LED headlights with shaded trim. These customers may also have their RS Avant be specified with any of the two available styling packages -- matt aluminum or carbon.
On the other hand, sporty black is the overall theme of the cabin of the new Audi RS6 Avant, as contrasted by while instrument dials and red needles. The new Audi RS6 Avant is provided with RS sport seats with pronounced side bolsters and integrated head restraints. Wrapped in black Alcantara and leather, these seats feature center sections with diamond quilting. Rear passengers are treated to two pronounced rear bucket seats with integrated head restraints. For customers wanting to offer more seating space, a three-person rear bench seat could be availed.
The sportiness of the interior is also apparent on the RS-specific flat-bottomed three-spoke leather sport steering wheel as well as on illuminated door sill trims with RS6 badges. Likewise, the interior of this sporty high-end car is laden with trim elements in either aluminum look or Piano finish, as well as decorative carbon inlays.