ABT RS6-E: meet the 1000+bhp Audi RS6 Avant

Published: 09 July 2018

► ABT Sportsline RS6-E
► It’s a hybrid Audi estate
► …with 1004bhp!

This has to be the most extreme Audi RS6 Avant ever, right? This is the ABT Sportsline RS6-E – a working prototype of a hybrid powertrain crammed into the platform of the already very fast sports estate.

ABT’s electrified RS6-E cranks out a total of 1004bhp (or 1018PS) and 952lb ft via both an upgraded version of the RS6’s 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 and an electric power system. The upgraded engine produces 720bhp alone (up from the standard RS6’s 552bhp) via an ABT engine remap and bespoke exhaust system.

ABT RS6-E rear quarter

Electric power is available on demand via what ABT calls ‘the Magic Button’ on the steering wheel, rather than incorporated into the car at all times. A total of 284bhp and 234lb ft of torque smashes into the powertrain over 62mph when you press said button.

ABT’s ‘e-Line’ department, which takes most of the charge for Audi’s Formula E team, particularly influenced ABT’s decision to build the silver and green working prototype. The wrap is designed to look like a printed circuit board, and uses ‘AERO rings’ on the 21-inch alloys.

Tweaked aero features, as does a H&R suspension kit that ‘ensures appropriate lowering of the chassis.’ Yikes.

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By Jake Groves

CAR's deputy news editor, office Geordie, gamer, lover of hot hatches