Audi to launch 560-hp RS6 allroad?
Audi could expand its track-honed RS lineup with a faster version of the allroad station 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 in markets where the roads are less than perfect.
German magazine Auto Bild reports Audi will show the RS6 allroad for the first time next March at the Geneva Motor Show. It will go on sale in markets such as Europe, Asia, and the Middle East shortly after, but it’s too early to tell if we’ll see the wagon on our shores.
Note: Audi RS6 performance pictured.