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  • Audi is gearing up to launch the electric RS6 Sportback e-tron, a high-performance version of the upcoming A6 e-tron.
  • This electric powerhouse boasts an 800-volt system, a 100 kWh battery pack with a potential 435-mile range, and rumored power output of 805 hp.
  • The RS6 e-tron will compete with electric and hybrid performance sedans like the new BMW M5 PHEV and Mercedes-AMG EQE.

Audi is gearing up to join the electric arms race with its RS6 Sportback e-tron. Based on the new A6 e-tron, this model aims to complement the traditional internal combustion-powered RS6 (set to be renamed RS7). 

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Recently captured by our spies racing around the Nürburgring, the RS6 Sportback e-tron is almost ready for a grand unveiling with all its production-ready elements. Our illustrated preview delves into everything we’ve uncovered about this electrifying powerhouse.

Amped Aesthetics

Echoing the A6 e-tron Sportback, the RS6 variant flaunts a muscular appearance. It features an assertive front facade characterized by Audi’s iconic ‘Singleframe’ grille, intricate honeycomb patterns on the lower air intakes, and sleek horizontal fin-like vents beneath the split-mount LED headlights. 

 Audi RS6 E-Tron: What We Know About The 805 HP Super Electric Sedan
Illustrations Josh Byrnes / Carscoops

Other features include large alloy wheels highlighted by red brake callipers, pronounced side skirts, and an aerodynamic front lip splitter. The rear is dominated by a substantial diffuser and traditional side mirrors, replacing the earlier side cameras, alongside a striking full-width OLED light cluster. 

Dynamic Interior

Inside, the cabin will mirror the styling and spaciousness of the A6 e-tron Sportback and Avant, featuring a flat floor design for enhanced roominess. While we haven’t caught a glimpse of the interior yet, Audi released a teaser of the A6 e-tron concept’s interior back in 2021, boasting a minimalist design with a separate, dual-screen layout.

However, with the production model, it is possible that Audi may lean more heavily towards the design of the newly introduced Q6 e-tron. This model boasts a classy yet cool interior with two vibrant OLED displays, a 11.9-inch digital gauge cluster and a 14.5-inch center touchscreen, housed under a single curved bezel, plus an optional 10.9-inch touchscreen for the passenger, all supporting wireless connectivity with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

 Audi RS6 E-Tron: What We Know About The 805 HP Super Electric Sedan
Audi A6 e-tron concept cabin sketch from 2021

 Audi RS6 E-Tron: What We Know About The 805 HP Super Electric Sedan
The 2025 Audi Q6 e-tron’s production interior

Additional features should include an augmented reality head-up display and dynamic ambient lighting, enhancing functionality and atmosphere.

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The RS6 e-tron will feature model-specific digital displays, along with a range of sporty upgrades to distinguish itself from its lesser siblings. These include a three-spoke steering wheel, bucket-style seats adorned with contrasting red stitching, and matching trim elements throughout the interior.

PPE Platform

The RS6 Sportback e-tron is built on Volkswagen Group’s Premium Platform Electric (PPE), shared with the Porsche Macan EV. It boasts an 800-volt system and a robust 100 kWh battery pack, capable of a 435-mile range (700 km) under the WLTP cycle (in lesser variants – the RS6 will likely have a lower range). 

The architecture supports rapid DC fast charging up to 270 kW, quickly alleviating any range concerns. The platform also integrates sport-oriented adaptive damping and air suspension to ensure a seamless and comfortable driving experience.

Potent Power

While the standard A6 e-tron offers various motor configurations, including a base single motor and a dual motor setup with 469 hp (350 kW / 476 PS) and 590 lb-ft (800 Nm) of torque achieving 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in under four seconds, the RS6 is expected to push boundaries further. 

Rumors suggest it will boast a staggering 805 hp (600 kW / 816 PS) with power delivered to all four wheels via Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system.

Rivals and Reveal

 Audi RS6 E-Tron: What We Know About The 805 HP Super Electric Sedan
The next BMW M5 will feature a plug-in hybrid powertrain built around a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8

In the high-performance electric sedan segment, the 2025 Audi RS6 Sportback e-tron will compete with formidable opponents like BMW’s upcoming (and partially electrified) M5 and Mercedes-AMG’s EQE 53 sedan, among others.

Conjecture suggests Audi plans to unveil the RS6 Sportback e-tron and its Avant counterpart later this year as part of its 2025 lineup. Sales are projected to commence in the latter half of 2025.

Would you take the electrified RS6 e-tron over its V8-powered equivalent? Share your views in the comments below.

Note: The illustrations in this story are not affiliated with or endorsed by Audi.

 Audi RS6 E-Tron: What We Know About The 805 HP Super Electric Sedan
Illustrations Josh Byrnes / Carscoops