Wagon lovers, this might be the best news you’ve heard in a while. Audi of America is finally letting us Americans have the Audi RS6 Avant! The new Audi RS6 marks the first time an RS Avant will be available in North America, and we couldn’t be more excited.
The all-new Audi RS6 Avant features a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine which makes 592 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque. Audi says the RS6 Avant will do 0-62mph in just 3.6 seconds, onward to an electronically limited 155.3 mph. I suspect that the limiter will be relatively easy to remove.
Power is delivered to the legendary quattro all-wheel drive system by way of an eight-speed Tiptronic transmission, specially tuned for performance. The RS6 Avant also has wheel-selective torque control, which controls power as needed to each axle by way of individual-wheel braking. The quattro sport differential also splits torque between the rear wheels and can redirect nearly 100% of the torque to one wheel.
The Audi RS6 Avant has an RS adaptive air suspension with damping specifically tuned for the RS6 Avant. There are six driver-adjustable drive modes and an automatic leveling control that allows for varying degrees of comfort settings and high-performance settings.
An optional Dynamic Ride Control has single-tube dampers with three-stage driver-adjustable settings. These diagonally opposed shocks are linked via hydraulic lines and a central valve. When cornering at speed, the valves control the oil flow into the front shock at the outside of the corner, reducing pitch and roll.
In addition to the standard Audi drive select modes, the RS6 Avant offers two individually configurable RS drive modes. Called RS1 and RS2 mode, the driver can select between them using an RS Mode button on the steering wheel.
One look at the Audi RS6 Avant tells onlookers that this is one angry station wagon. The proportions are just perfect in every way and is a work of art. The body has been widened by 1.6-inches on each side with the signature RS flared wheel arches. A three-dimensional front grille gets the RS signature honeycomb structure as well.
In the rear, the RS6 Avant gets the signature RS-specific bumper with integrated rear diffuser and RS-specific oval exhaust tips.
The Audi RS6 Avant interior includes a whole array of driver-focused technology. The MMI touch response system is new, and the Audi Virtual Cockpit is designed to put performance telemetry directly in the driver’s line of sight.
What will it cost, and when does it go on sale?
Pricing for the Audi RS6 Avant has not been announced yet, but the car will go on sale sometime in 2020. I suspect that we are looking at the mid-80s to start, and can be optioned well beyond the 100k mark with every box checked. I have nothing but instincts to back this up, but hopefully, it will be somewhere in that range to make it more accessible to buyers.
Will you want to buy one?
YES. Please, if you have the means to do so, BUY ONE! Audi is throwing enthusiasts a bone with the announcement of the Audi RS6 Avant being available in the U.S. for the first time, and we need to show our gratitude by buying it! Cars like this are becoming rare on the market, and this is one of the first new vehicles I’ve seen that conveys emotion through the entire design process, inside and out.
For now, enjoy the RS6 Avant photo gallery!