We generally like Audis, but their designs aren’t usually much of a surprise. The corporate design language evolves every few years, but once you’ve seen it, you can usually get a pretty good idea of what Audi’s entire lineup will soon look like. So at first glance, this RS 6 Avant prototype may look about like you imagined. It’s an A6 Avant with some camouflage covering wider fenders, bigger air intakes, and more aggressive bodywork. But while that’s all there, it also looks like this prototype features a new set of headlights.
When Audi redesigned the A6 for 2019, it gave the midsize luxury sedan a very A8-like front end. Based on earlier spy photos, that styling will soon trickle down to the smaller A4, as well. But even though it’s possible these new, more angular headlights could only be intended for the RS 6 Avant, from what we know about Audi, it seems more likely that when its current sedans get a refresh, these are the headlights they’re going to use. We’ll wait to see the final car before we form too strong of an opinion either way, but from what we can see here, the updated design looks pretty good. We’d especially like to see them applied to the current A8.
As for the RS 6 Avant itself, we’ve heard it will be revealed either late this year or early next year. As for the powertrain, there’s a good chance Audi will borrow a twin-turbo V-8 from the Bentley Continental GT and tune it to make about 650 hp. If rumors of a possible hybrid powertrain prove accurate, that figure could top 700 hp. The bad news is, at least for now, the RS 6 Avant probably won’t come to the U.S. Instead, it’s more likely that we’ll get the RS 7 with the same powertrain.
Then again, it may be possible to convince Audi to reverse course. Filip Brabec, vice president of product management for Audi of America, recently told us that the German automaker is always considering new opportunities. According to Brabec, if you really want high-performance wagons to come to the U.S., keep writing letters.