It’s official. Audi is confirming it will swap the V8 engine for a smaller, turbocharged V6 in the upcoming Audi RS4. That makes the Audi RS4 sedan an even more direct competitor for the six-cylinder BMW M3.
“I think that power has increased more than enough, and of course other performance is improved too,” Audi Quattro head Heinz Hollerweger told one automotive blog.
The comments suggest the V6 will deliver a tangible power improvement over the V8, which produces 420 horsepower and 317 lb-ft of torque. Electric turbocharghing technology is also a potential feature to help improve performance at low rpm.
Hollerweger suggested Europe is becoming a “less important” market for Audi as the company focuses on improving growth in the U.S. and China. There is a “glimmer of hope” that the RS4 will be offered in the US market, but only as an Avant wagon or an RS5 Sportback.
“The potential in China and the U.S. for RS models is getting us thinking about body styles that may work there–maybe a hatchback, like the RS7,” the executive added.
Audi is reportedly planning to unveil the 2017 RS 4 later this year in Frankfurt. It will arrive in showrooms next year.