The much-anticipated successor to the freshly released Performance variant of Audi’s famed RS6 Avant could be unveiled as early as next year. The RS6 Avant is widely celebrated for its top-notch performance as an estate car, yet Audi believes there’s substantial potential to elevate it to an even higher level.
In a recent interview with Autocar, Sebastien Grams, who leads Audi’s Sport division, revealed that the already publicised high-performance iteration of the estate car is set to be superseded by an even more formidable model. When this third variant makes its entrance, it’s poised to rank among the most powerful production Audis ever built.
The discussion regarding the next-gen RS6 Avant took place during the 40th anniversary celebration of Audi Sport. Grams suggested that the new Performance model won’t enjoy its crown as the top of the model range for too long after its debut later this year. At present, details about the third version of RS6 Avant remain sparse. However, according to reports, it’s likely to bear the moniker, “GT”.
Speaking with Autocar, Grams emphasised the ongoing enhancement of their lineup. He stated that they constantly aim to unlock the full capacity of their technology as a means of stimulating the R&D team. Despite their drive to build an even more potent and refined car, Grams reminded that the essence of RS models being everyday cars shouldn’t be lost – a testament to Audi’s commitment to preserving its core identity.
If Grams’ indications are anything to go by, estate car enthusiasts can look forward to an even more adrenaline-charged third RS6 that outperforms the soon-to-be-released Performance model. This model, according to Car and Driver, boasts a twin-turbo 4.0-litre V-8 engine capable of delivering up to 621 horsepower and 627 ft lbs of torque. This version is lighter, rides on Continental Sport Contact 7 tyres, and features several chassis upgrades designed to enhance its driving dynamics.
Interestingly, Grams’ revelations coincided with the week a new RS6 Avant prototype was spotted doing test runs at the Nürburgring. Despite the camouflage wrap, a revamped front fascia and a massive rear wing were noticeable. It’s still uncertain how far this variant is from entering production, but Audi Sport informed Autocar that it plans to launch a new model sometime in 2024, which could potentially be an electric estate car. Regardless of when the new estate car hits the market, expect it to command a premium over the RS6 Avant Performance’s rumoured starting price of $140,000.