Audi might be working on a hybrid RS6 which could produce around 700hp (521kW!)
There seems to be a never ending battle between the three key German manufacturers: Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Audi as to who can produce the most powerful performance sedan and wagon. Merc has the Mercedes-AMG E63 S, BMW the M5 and Audi the RS6.
At present, the RS6 is powered a twin turbo 4.0 litre V8, and this is expected to be carried over into the next generation RS6. Evo Magazine reports that the next generation RS6 will be offered in two states of tune: that twin turbo V8 which should develop around 650hp – or 484kW if you’re an Aussie – and the V8 mated to a hybrid system.
In this guise, the V8 will be detuned to produce around 550hp (410kW) but that hybrid system will add an extra 150hp (111kW) lifting total performance figures to a whopping 700hp or 521kW.
Presumably that drivetrain will send power to all four wheels via Audi’s Quattro all-wheel drive system via an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. It’s not known how much extra weight those hybrid gubbins will add, but it does point the way for Audi’s future performance models and the adaptation of hybrid technology.