Audi continues to work on new electric vehicles to expand its range of electric vehicles. A new zero-emission SUV is currently in development and is expected to debut before the end of the year. Later, possibly next year, it will be joined by a performance version, recently spied by our photographers at the Nurburgring.
This is obviously a heavily camouflaged prototype. Still, you can easily see a more aggressive front fascia compared to other Q6 E-Tron test cars we’ve spied so far. Improved brakes hide behind the black alloys and there are surely more signs that this is a performance vehicle hidden under the camouflage.
There is some mystery surrounding the RS version of this vehicle regarding what powertrain it will get. There are rumors of a 600 horsepower (447 kilowatts) electrical system, consisting of two electric motors and a large battery. Different battery and powertrain configurations are expected for the standard Q6 E-Tron.
The Q6 E-Tron is currently being developed together with the electric Porsche Macan and we know that both models will be available in several different versions depending on power and battery capacity. There are other rumors suggesting that the Q6 lineup could also include an S version to sit under the full-fledged RS, but that can’t be confirmed at this time. His cousin from Stuttgart will also receive a performance model and it will be interesting to see what the differences between the two will be.
The Audi EV will sport a unique design, of course. Under the skin, the large SUV will run on the Premium Platform Electric (PPE) architecture co-developed by Audi and Porsche. At best, the architecture can offer around 310 miles (500 kilometers) of range. Base models in the Q6 range will use a rear-mounted electric motor.
The standard Q6 E-Tron is expected to arrive towards the end of this year or in the first half of 2023. The RS version should not be delayed, which means it could arrive a few months later. In the worst case, the debut could be postponed to early 2024.