Audi Sport is set to revive the RS6 sedan as an electric-powered contender in the luxury sedan market, taking on rivals like the BMW i5 M60 and Mercedes-AMG EQE 53 sedans.
Expected to make its debut in 2025, the upcoming electric four-door performance model is likely to carry the RS6 E-tron moniker, joining its sibling, the RS6 Avant E-tron. Sources from Audi’s engineering headquarters in Neckarsulm, Germany, have revealed this exciting development.
The return of the RS6 sedan comes after a hiatus of 13 years since the combustion-powered version ceased production in 2010, making way for the RS7 sedan at that time.
The RS6 E-tron sedan, along with its Avant counterpart, builds upon the forthcoming A6 E-tron sedan and Avant models, scheduled for release in 2024. These performance vehicles will feature a newly developed electric drivetrain, with contributions from a collaboration with Porsche. Porsche will implement a dual-motor setup derived from this partnership in an upgraded version of the Taycan, also slated for unveiling in 2025.
These two new electric offerings from Audi Sport are projected to deliver more performance than the current combustion-engine RS6 Avant and RS7 sedan, boasting up to 440kW and over 1000Nm of torque.
The combination of a two-speed gearbox for each motor and a fully variable electric Quattro all-wheel drive system positions these new performance EVs to become the fastest-accelerating sedan and estate combinations in Audi’s lineup.
Following the design trend of their A6 E-tron counterparts, the RS6 E-tron sedan and Avant will be built on the Premium Platform Electric (PPE) structure, a collaborative effort between Audi and Porsche. This platform supports an 800V electric architecture, coupled with a silicon-carbide inverter.
The PPE platform will also underpin other upcoming models like the Audi Q6 E-tron SUV, Q6 E-tron Sportback, and the Porsche Macan Electric.
Dimensions for the upcoming RS6 E-tron sedan can be inferred from the A6 E-tron concept revealed in 2021, which measures 4960mm in length, 1960mm in width, and 1440mm in height. These figures make the RS6 E-tron slightly larger than the current fifth-generation A6 sedan.
While initial plans indicated a renaming strategy for combustion successors to the A6 sedan and A6 Avant, recent leadership changes within Audi have prompted a reevaluation of the naming system and future strategies.
Before the arrival of the electric-powered RS6 E-tron sedan and Avant, Audi intends to enhance the existing combustion model with an upgrade known as the RS6 GT Avant. Recent test prototypes of this non-electrified RS6 Avant at the Nürburgring feature revised aerodynamics, including a larger rear wing and a new diffuser.
While details about the availability of the new GT model in RS7 sedan form remain uncertain, it is expected to offer impressive acceleration and performance, further enhancing the RS6 Avant lineup.
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