The super SUV EV battle is just getting started.
We've known for some time that Audi will soon debut the Q6 e-tron, a direct competitor to the likes of the BMW iX and Tesla Model X. It'll slot above the Q4 e-tron in both price and size and be the first Audi to ride on the VW Group's new Premium Platform Electric (PPE) architecture developed in partnership with Porsche. The upcoming fully electric Porsche Macan will also utilize this platform.
And now CarBuzz has uncovered specific evidence that Audi is wasting zero time taking things a step further with the Q6. Get ready for the RS Q6 e-tron. The German automaker has filed a trademark application for the RS Q6 nameplate and like the regular Q6 e-tron, it will be a global model.
At this point, we don't have any specific details regarding this high-performance EV crossover, but, knowing Audi, the Tesla Model X Plaid is probably one of its main targets. That means it'll be up against specs such as a 0 to 60 mph time of 2.5 seconds, a 9.9-second quarter-mile sprint, 1,020 horsepower, and a 335-mile range. At present, Audi's most powerful all-electric vehicle is the 590-hp RS e-tron GT, which can reach 60 mph in 3.3 seconds. Just to compare even more with the VW Group family, the Porsche Taycan Turbo S does the same deed in 2.2 seconds.
Our exclusive rendering shows what the RS Q6 will probably look like. It has the usual RS treatment with an enhanced front grille, bigger and more aggressively-styled wheels, and proper 'RS' badging.
We've already seen spy shots of the standard Q6 e-tron out testing so the vehicle's general shape is no longer a secret. Its powertrain details still remain under lock and key, but we know the PPE platform is designed to accommodate both single and dual motor setups, 350-kWh fast charging, and a 300-mile+ range. Bear in mind the Model X Plaid is a heavy thing with a curb weight of 5,390 pounds.
If Audi can significantly reduce that, then the RS Q6 could probably get by with less output in the power-to-weight ratio department. This would make sense because sources claim the RS Q6 will have around 600 hp and 613 lb-ft of torque. The standard Q6 e-tron should debut next year and the RS variant will likely arrive in 2023.