A fresh report out of the United Kingdom suggests that the new Audi RS6 Avant will deliver more than 450 kW, allowing to keep pace with the likes of the Mercedes-AMG E63 and BMW M5.
According to Autocar, the next RS6 is scheduled to make its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2019, with production set to take place at the Ingolstadt-based automaker’s Neckarsulm factory.
The British publication says the next version of the super-wagon will employ the Volkswagen Group’s latest twin-turbocharged 4,0-litre V8 – which already does duty in the Porsche Panamera Turbo and Lamborghini Urus – tuned to deliver a mite more than 450 kW, plus a fairly hefty 800 N.m (compared with the current model’s 412 kW and 700 N.m).
These figures, of course, would put it in the ballpark of the E63 S and M5 Competition flagships, which churn out 450 kW/850 N.m and 460 kW/750 N.m, respectively.
As before, drive will be channelled to all four corners via an eight-speed torque-converter automatic transmission. Autocar adds, however, that the new model is expected to be around 80 kg lighter than its forebear, which it speculates could help achieve a 3,6-second sprint to three figures.
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