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.
When compared to the previous generation, the new Audi RS6 Avant is lighter by 220.46 lbs. (100 kg). This lightweight brilliance is mainly due to a body that is 20% aluminum with the rest composed of high-tech steels. Despite being light, the torsional rigidity and crash safety are both exceptional. Looking at the inside of the Audi RS6 Avant, one can easily see that a large portion is in sporty black.
However, the instrument dials come in white with the needles colored in red. The sport three-spoke steering wheel is wrapped in leather having a well-curved and thick rim with a flat bottom. This steering wheel is exclusive to the RS range. Customers can choose to have the trim elements have that Piano finish or the aluminum look. Helping enhance this appearance are the decorative carbon inlays and the door sill trims, which are illuminated and come with the RS6 badges.
Meanwhile, the RS sports now have its side bolsters more prominent with head restraints integrated to them, a standard feature for the RS6 Avant. Speaking of the seats, they are covered in a mix of leather and Alcantara. An eye catcher feature is the center sections with the diamond quilting. Another standard feature are the two bucket seats in the rear, and like the ones in the front, are made more pronounced and come with integrated head restraints. This is able to complement the appearance of the seats on the front.
The brand is offering a three-person bench seat in the rear. Going to the exterior, the Avant has a number of applications in matt aluminum. Other features are the bumpers, wheel arches, protective grille in black, and the extensions placed on the sills. This high-performance Avant comes with the RS roof spoiler. On the rear, the combination of the diffuser and the two tailpipes of the exhaust system guarantee that this model is indeed the high-end vehicle for this range.
Being offered as an option to the customer is the RS Sport exhaust system. This offer includes tailpipe trims in black having a more unique sound profile. Audi is making available two styling packages as an option.
These are carbon or matt aluminum. With this, customers are able to customize the look of their vehicle. Offered as standard however are the xenon plus headlights that come with the daytime running lights. On the rear, the LED lights are standard. As an option, the LED headlights can have a shaded trim.