Spied: Audi's New RS Q6 e-tron During Testing

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Audi's new electric super SUV is out and about.

As if anyone needed it, here's yet more evidence of the Volkswagen Group's march towards electrification. This is the upcoming Audi RS Q6 e-tron, spied testing alongside its gas-powered brother, the China-only Q6. As for the dinosaur in the background, we're not sure whether that's an upcoming S or RS model Q6, but the larger brakes certainly scream "RS" to us.

Anyway, onto the electric car (or cars) at hand. Clearly, Audi's e-tron lineup is undergoing some heavy testing. We recently caught a camo-clad A6 e-tron during testing, as well as the upcoming e-tron Sportback enjoying a snow day. Whatever Audi's e-tron division has cooking clearly requires lots of cars testing around the same time. Range testing? Coffee run? Who knows?

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Unlike other versions of Audi's e-tron lineup, there isn't an existing gas-powered RS Q6 that this tester is based on. Instead, we're betting it's based on the car driving behind it in the photo above. Our spies report that car is definitely using a conventional ICE motor. But the car in front is most certainly not. The big giveaway is the closed-off grille that's becoming a synonym for "EV" within the industry.

That said, this spied model shares some distinctly RS bits, especially around the front. Like that Audi A6 e-tron we saw testing just a few days ago, there's the distinctly Audi verticle grille inlets. Even gas-powered RS models like the RS6 Avant get those. Of course, it'd be hard to miss the big fat red brakes hiding under the blacked-out wheels.

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Also visible on the vehicle's profile is a large high-voltage sticker. If the nose wasn't a giveaway for the car's electric powertrain, that certainly is. Typical of modern cars, we can also clearly see some kind of LiDAR sensor in the lower fascia and parking distance sensors tucked away in those RS grille slats. This new Audi e-tron is being developed together with the eventual electric Porsche Macan. We're expecting the new Audi Q6 e-tron to make its debut sometime at the end of this year, with the RS Q6 you see here making an appearance sometime next year.

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