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Subsequent-gen Audi RS6 to be a plug-in hybrid electrical car | Autocar India

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Subsequent-gen RS6 would be the final to function IC engine; all future fashions of the recent property to be absolutely electrical.

Audi has confirmed that the fifth-gen RS6 (codenamed C9) might be a plug-in hybrid electrical car (PHEV) and the sixth-gen will turn into absolutely electrical. The fourth-gen Audi RS6 (codenamed C8) will stay in manufacturing until 2025. This 12 months additionally marks the 20th anniversary of the excessive efficiency variant of the Audi A6.

  • Present-gen Audi RS6 will get a 48V delicate hybrid system
  • Audi to cease creating new IC engines by 2026

In keeping with a report, Stephan Reil, Audi’s head of Analysis and Growth, confirmed that “after all this [hybridisation] is the way in which to go, within the subsequent era, I can inform you it’ll have extra hybridisation.” He added, “That is our approach towards absolutely electrified vehicles.” Nonetheless, Reil didn’t specify the small print of the hybrid powertrain.

Reil additionally talked about that “the hybrid system, to begin with, means there are further elements that have to be packaged to get into the automobile. Then, after all, it provides you extra potentialities in driving modes, and you need to use the electrification on sure weak factors of your combustion engine.”

Reil additional added that when the third-gen RS6 (codenamed C7) was launched, CO2 emission norms turned stricter and Audi downsized the engine from a V10 to a twin-turbo V8 engine. The German carmaker has beforehand confirmed that it’ll cease creating and producing inside combustion engines from 2026. Audi has not but confirmed the timeline as to when it’s going to start completely promoting EVs. It additionally has plans to introduce 20 new electrical fashions by 2025.

The present RS6 makes use of a 48V mild-hybrid that’s paired to a 4.0-litre twin turbo V8. It’s only obtainable as an property and engine options cylinder-on-demand that may shut off half the cylinder for higher gas economic system. It produces 600hp and 800Nm of torque that’s despatched to all 4 wheels, with 40/60 break up between entrance and rear axles, via an 8-speed computerized gearbox. Though the most recent RS6 shouldn’t be offered in India, its sister automobile the RS7 is, and it is protected to imagine that it’ll observe the identical PHEV route. 

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