The C9 is expected for the 2026 model year.
Once the C9 RS 6 is done, it’ll be all-electric.
The only concern that pops to mind when finding out that the next new Audi RS 6 will feature plug-in hybrid technology is weight. The current C8 RS 6 tips the scale at a hefty 5,000 lbs. Adding a battery and at least one electric motor could easily increase the C9’s heft by 10% or more.
That’s the bad news. The good news is that the next-generation RS 6 will probably still use the same boosted V8, already fitted with 48-volt MHEV tech, and produce far more power than the existing 590 horsepower. Depending on Audi’s goals, EV range will probably hover between 40km and 50km while power output could, we hope, nudge the 700 mark.
The current delightful C8 Audi RS 6 will remain in production as is until 2025. The new RS 6 will launch the following year coinciding with Audi’s planned end of internal combustion engine development. The C9 should then be built and sold until the early 2030s only to be replaced by an all-electric version according to Wheels.
Audi’s already given us a visual taste of the A6 e-tron so basically, all of this is good news.