Next-gen bahn-stormer to put out 373kW

The new iteration of the Audi S6 will borrow the twin-turbo V8 heart of a Porsche Panamera Turbo, according to a new report out of the UK.

Autocar claims the next-generation model will hit the market sometime next year, though it could be revealed before the end of 2018, powered by a version of the 4.0-litre bi-turbo V8 seen in the Porsche Panamera Turbo.

In the Porsche, the engine makes 404kW of power and 770Nm of torque, good for a 0-100km/h sprint in just 3.8 seconds. Meanwhile, the Audi's tune may be pared back to around 373kW for a triple-figure sprint time likely just over 4.0 seconds.

Why? Audi still needs to leave room for an even more potent RS6, which in current 'Performance' form puts out 445kW and 750Nm.

It's also likely the new S6 will once again be offered in both sedan and Avant wagon bodies globally. While we only have spy photos of camouflaged sedans, European outlets have also seen wagons – however, Australia only gets the sedan in the current generation.

Expect the S6 to be offered with the same range of infotainment and driver assistance technologies available in the latest A6 range, meaning the super sedan should also be available with semi-autonomous driving abilities.

In typical Audi fashion, the design changes will be subtle, limited to slightly more aggressive bumpers and side skirts, bigger wheels and brakes, along with the quad-tipped tailpipes that are a hallmark of recent 'S' models.

There's no firm reveal date set for the new S6, though we could see it before year's end – potentially at the Paris motor show in October. Stay tuned to CarAdvice for all the latest.