Audi planning 560-hp RS6 allroad?

Audi planning 560-hp RS6 allroad?

Audi could introduce a more rugged version of the RS6 super-wagon.

The wagon will be called simply RS6 allroad, a moniker that leaves few doubts as to what form it will take. It will be powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter TFSI V8 engine that will deliver 560 horsepower at 5,700 rpm and 516 lb-ft. of torque from 1,750 to 5,500 rpm. Borrowed from the RS6, the eight-cylinder will spin all four wheels via Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive system, and it will send the wagon from zero to 60 mph in roughly four seconds.

The allroad part will come from a lifted suspension, brushed aluminum trim on both ends, and black plastic trim over the wheel arches and the rocker panels. All told, Audi’s next hot-rodded wagon will be the fastest allroad — and the most capable RS6 — ever built. It will be the very definition of a niche product, but Audi believes it will sell relatively well.

German magazine Autobild believes the RS6 allroad will make its official debut next year. The publication adds that demand for a jacked-up RS6 comes largely from China, so the wagon might exclusively be sold over there. At any rate, it stands virtually no chance of landing in Audi’s North American showrooms.

Note: Audi RS6 performance pictured.