2018 Audi RS6 & RS6 Avant Rendered With Prologue Styling

If Audi’s Prologue concept truly is a map of things to come, then we could be in for a styling treat with next year’s all-new A6 sedan and Avant.

We already know that they’ve put elements from the next-gen A6, A7 and A8 into the Prologue (which obviously works both ways), as design chief Marc Lichte stated last year in an interview with a British magazine. “We designed the new A6, A7 and A8, then put the essence of all three into the Prologue. Every element can be traced to the production car,” said Lichte.

With that being the case, what do you think about these flagship RS6 renderings? They depict both the 4-door as well as the Estate (Avant) model, and whether we like them or not, there’s no denying the presence of Prologue-borrowed design elements, such as the single-frame grille and the angular headlights.

The rear of the Avant does kind of remind us of the Renault Talisman Estate, but that’s only because the taillight design philosophy is rather similar.

Powertrain-wise, as of right now, your guess is as good as ours, though surely it will pack more of a punch than even the current top-spec RS6 Avant Performance edition, which is good for 605 PS and 750 Nm (553 lb-ft) of torque during overboost.

This allows for a 0-100 km/h (62 mph) sprint time of 3.7 seconds, which in turn will probably not stand the test of time for too long, since new-gen RS-cars always take steps forward in terms of performance, compared to the models they leave behind.

Renderings courtesy of Theophilus Chin

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  • pcurve

    hope not… Audi is in a desperate need of creativity.

  • Nordschleife

    I like this render.

  • Kash

    I think Audi needs to do like Mercedes did with the last gen E-class. Go bold and make it stand out. Let the A4 be a mini-me to the A8 and let the A6 be different and be the odd child out trying to get attention by dying it’s hair bright blue and wearing all black.

    • Six_Tymes

      spot on.

    • How is the E class different? Looks like C and S class. just adding a second led shape in the lights does not make it special or bold. The interior is great, but butter than others? Will be mostly sold in all black. And E class, A6, 5 series fight in the most conservative categorie.

      • Tumbi Mtika

        we are talking about the W212(last gen) model. Pay attention.

      • Kash

        I was talking about the last gen E. The one that debuted and took people by surprise with it’s split head lights and super angular shape. Not the current one.

        • pcurve

          Then they fused it into one headlight as midcycle refresh… :-(.

          E-class always looked different than c or s. w211 was very shapely sleek… as was the w210.

          I think this gen is the first E that ‘followed’ C, rather than lead.

          • Kash

            Even then you could still tell it was an E and the headlights were still awesome and dramatic. I was always torn between which headlights I liked more. But the LED lines always won me over on the facelifted model.

        • Waow, or even bold is not the word I would have used to discribe the last gen E class with twin square lights. They just wanted to adapt the twin head lamps to their new design at the time. Very personnal opinion, never worked. The smallers lamps always looked like the Led lamps on the XC60… Was just waiting for a facelift to go away.

          • Kash

            Well the opinion was pretty popular since it was coming from many auto journalists, and in comparison to the C and S class of the same year, it was very bold and very different from everything else in the Mercedes lineup at the time of it’s launch.

    • TheHake

      Audi buyers don’t want that. You don’t need to cry for attention when driving an Audi. It’s the art of keeping a stylish design restraint. Not everyone wants a screaming car.

      • Kash

        Current Audi buyers may not want that but what about the E-class buyers who are feeling a little cheated with the new one? or the 5 drivers who like their driving the shade of beige? I just think it’d be a great chance for Audi to attract some new blood.

        • TheHake

          I don’t know if it’s worth losing your existing client base in the attempt of getting a new base. The A6 sells by the bucket load in Europe. To piss off a horde of satisfied clients is never a good idea.

          • Kash

            I dunno. I think they could easily transition them to the A8 or A4. That or the customers might like it and want to take a walk on the wild side. Sure there will be someone who go buy the E or 5 but there will always be those who buy it because it’s an Audi A6.

          • TheHake

            The reason I like the A6 is because of it’s classy, non-extravagant styling in a decent, roomy estate. The A4 is too small (in the back – no leg room) and the A8 doesn’t have an Avant. The packaging of the 5 wagon has always been poor, and an E-class is too expensive.

          • Kash

            What about the new S90/V90? I mean yeah the Audi wagons have always been stellar looking. Also I don’t think Audi would go as intense as these renderings, I just think it’d be nice to see them break away from the “one face to rule them all” thing for their sedans as Merc and BMW go down that road. It’d also be super ironic. lol.

          • TheHake

            Yes that V90 is gorgeous… I think that might be the one!

          • Kash

            I’m just glad it’s coming to the states. Me and the hubby wanna trade in our LS and go smaller so we’re looking at the V90 and then I’m debating on either waiting for the next G wagon or get the XC90.

          • TheHake

            It would have been idiotic for Volvo not to take the V90 to the ‘states. I reckon 90% of station wagons in the ‘states are Volvo’s, not true?

          • Kash

            I see a lot of V60’s, CTS’s, and Allroads (if we can count that as a wagon). I just think it would’ve been stupid to not bring it over after the success with the XC90. People are loving the new Volvo.

          • TheHake

            I find it very amusing that you guys get the Allroad, but not the Avant. I mean, it’s the same thing! The Allroad is just priced ridiculously! Do you get both the A4 and A6 Allroads? I guess you also don’t get the Passat Alltrack?

          • Kash

            we only get the A4 Allroad and most people don’t even know it’s A4 based or that they make the A6 because it’s not called the A4 Allroad, it’s just the Allroad. We used to the A6 Allroad back when the A6 was the size of the current A4. lol. so early 00’s. it sells because it’s higher ground clearance and it can be marketed as a upmarket Subaru fighter. At least that’s how the dealer described it to me “when you want a Subaru for the winter and weekend hikes but the Audi quality for the rest of the year”

          • TheHake

            That is just wrong. The A4 Allroad is just a styling exercise, with very little increase in ground clearance. At least the A6 Allroad is proper with adjustable Air Suspension and really mean looks.

          • TheHake

            The new Passat Alltrack is also really nice.

          • Kash

            that’s because Europe gets the MUCH better looking Passat than NA does.

          • Kash

            Right. Hopefully if Merc launches the E class All-terrain wagon in America then Audi will bring the A6 Allroad over to replace the A4 version. And as terrible as the A4 allroad is, at least it’s not the 5 Series GranTurismo, which let’s face it, the cars aren’t much different, they’re both styling exercises and not much more.

          • TheHake

            Actually, the BMW GT-cars (3 and 5) are packaged completely different than their normal siblings. Rear legroom are great in both the 5 and 3 GT. Additionally, you can get the 3 GT with a “rough road” suspension package where the ground clearance is increased. The 3 GT is expensive, but actually quite practical because of those two points.

          • Kash

            I don’t think we get the rough road suspension in America. I like the 3 GT but the 5 just looks too awkward and doesn’t sit much higher than the sedan, at least here.

    • scottfree

      you dont own an Audi…

  • Oh HELL YESH. Why have audi not implemented the prologue styling already???

  • MarkoS

    I think the real thing will be much more mild. Very nice render, Audi hire this guy!

    • c3vzn

      While Theo is a good renderer, all he did was production-ise the Prologue concept. The real thing will look very similar to this.

      • MarkoS

        Doubt it given the A4’s mild redesign. Nice Job Theo!

        • c3vzn

          The Audi designer Marc Lichte said the Prologue previewed the A8 and A6. The A4 design was already signed off before he joined.

  • Christian

    The first picture look´s like it could be something.

  • TheHake

    Looks very nice!

  • Im digging the sedan!!! just the rims, maybe smoke them out a little bit the DONE!!

  • RS6 Performance Wagon Lover

    Not convinced on the styling.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Pretty sure the sedan is an S-line version.

  • TheHake

    The “sedan” looks more A7 than A6… or RS7 than RS6 for that matter.

  • nauticalone

    Looks very good! I love Audi styling.

  • scottfree

    All these people saying Audi needs to ruin their design to stand out need to stfu, Stop trying to ruin my favorite car, I love my Audi but the direction they are going is just making them look tacky, looks like ill be holding on to mine forever…The 2017 S6 is best looking car ever.