And that's not the only good news for the Audi long-roof.
During an event to drive all five RS6 Avant generations, Australian outlet Which Car had the chance to speak with Audi about upcoming changes to the popular performance wagon. The Audi RS6 Avant arrived in the US market for the first time ever in 2020, but hasn't seen any significant updates since its introduction. Audi previously offered an RS7 Performance above the standard model, so it seems likely the automaker will do the same for the current model and its wagon sibling, the RS6 Avant.
"Wait and see," said Eva Stania, Audi spokesperson for the A6 model line. "We have some ideas, so just wait and see." This may not be an outright confirmation, but based on the conversation, it seems likely that a faster RS6 is on the way.
"You drove the RS6 C7 as a Performance," she said in reference of the multi-generational drive event in Canada. "We recently launched the R8 RWD as a Performance, so you can be pretty sure that we will follow up the Performance strategy." In fact, we could see this rumored RS6 Performance by the end of this year.
The current RS6 Avant is already quite potent, producing 591 horsepower and 590 lb-ft from a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8, but we believe there is room for even more performance. As a reminder, the last-generation RS7 Performance produced 605 hp, which is more than the current RS7.
We know Audi can squeeze more out of that V8 engine because we've seen it in other Volkswagen Group products like the Lamborghini Urus, Porsche Panamera, and Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT. It seems unlikely the RS6 will match the Lambo's 640-hp output, but the RS6 could (and should) easily top the 600 hp mark.
Along with the additional power, the rumored RS6 Performance would likely improve with suspension and braking upgrades. As for the styling, it should remain unchanged, as no mid-cycle facelift is in the works. Though it won't receive any major exterior updates, Audi hinted that another special RS6 variant will arrive close to the model's production end (around 2025). This could be another special edition like the RS Tribute Edition, which was finished in Nogaro Blue as an homage to the RS2. Details on this model remain confidential, but Audi promised it will be "very special."