According to latest reports, Audi is readying the next-generation RS6 for a 2012 debut (as a 2013 model).
Talk around town is that Audi may decided to downsize the engine to a turbo-enhanced V8 but that it will very likely match, or even outdo, the upcoming BMW M5 which is expected with a twin-turbo V8 generating between 550 and 600 PS.
Various media reports indicate that the next generation 2013 RS6 will feature either a 580 PS (427 kilowatt / 572 bhp) 5.0-liter TFSI V10 unit or a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 tuned to approximately the 600 PS (441 kilowatt / 592 bhp) mark.
The now-discontinued RS6 (C6) indication featured the 5.0-liter, twin-turbo V10 engine producing 579 PS (426 kW / 571 bhp) as well as 650 Nm (479 lb-ft) of torque.
The new Audi A6 is 4.92 meters (16.14 ft) long and 1.87 meters (6.14 ft) wide, but just 1.46 meters (4.79 ft) high.
In Europe, Audi is giving buyers a choice of five engines initially. The most efficient of these new engines is Audi’s 2.0-liter, turbo-diesel I-4 that puts out 170 horsepower and achieves 48 mpg. The other engine choices currently are a normally aspirated, 2.8-liter V-6 that puts out 210 horsepower and Audi’s 300-horsepower, 3.0-liter, supercharged V-6.
Some 20 percent of the bodywork is aluminum, including the strut towers in the engine bay, the crossmember behind the front and rear bumpers, and the engine bulkhead and rear crossmember.