► An RS6 faster than the Performance
► Snapped testing at the ‘Ring
► Expect it to cost over £100,000
This is the new Audi RS6 before you’re supposed to see it, or rather an event hotter version of the lightning quick wagon. Engineers at Ingolstadt are preparing to release and even quicker more aggressive version of the already powerful estate, and our spy photographers have once again snapped it testing at the Nüburgring.
So what can we learn?
The prototype shown looks to be different to the Avant and the Performance trim, which has already been revealed. A new front apron devotes most of the car’s front area for cooling or aerodynamics; vents at the front of the car are bigger and the front splitter appears larger too.
There’s not much camouflage on the side of the car (suggesting relatively few changes to the current car) but it’s possible to make out Audi Sport stripes, once again suggesting that this is a special version of the already hot RS6.
The camouflage is hiding the smaller details, but it’s clear the rear of this RS6 is pretty different to the Performance: a much larger rear spoiler is paired with a reworked bumper, which now juts out and houses the same oval-shaped exhaust system as before. Look between the pipes and you’ll see a hefty diffuser, too.
How much power is there?
The standard RS6 makes 592bhp, while the slightly upgraded performance edition makes 621bhp. With that in mind, this new even hotter version of the RS6 – which could be called the RS6 EVO – is tipped to squeeze around 650bhp from the same 4.0-litre turbocharged V8. Expect the estate’s 0-62mph time to reduce to something below the 3.4 seconds of the Performance model.
Just make sure that the dog isn’t in the back when you use launch control.
The RS6 Evo should be on sale towards the beginning of 2025 and will likely cost north of £100,000 – especially considering the standard car’s £92,000 price tag.