There’s a new sporty wagon today, and it’s the 2020 Audi RS6 Avant It’s reportedly supposed to be revealed later, but here it is, for your eyes, in all its long-roof glory, waiting for your appreciation and acknowledgment. Audi has just released news that the new RS6 Avant will be available in the US for the first time. This is great news for those of you under the Trump administration with an interest in performance cars. North America has been missing out on one the best performance wagons ever created, starting in the early 2000s with the original C5 model. The C5 was powered by Audi’s faithful 4.2l V8 but this time with 2 turbos added which brought power outputs to 331kw and 580nm of torque. All this power was sent to the wheels via a 5-speed ZF Tiptronic auto box.
Outputs are rated at 441kW and 800Nm – 4kW down and 100Nm up on the previous RS6 Performance, though the old model made 750Nm on overboost over short periods – with drive channeled to the tarmac via an eight-speed ‘Tiptronic’ automatic transmission with torque converter and Quattro all-wheel drive. Peak torque is available between 2100 and 4500rpm.
The Audi RS6 Avant is also fitted with 48-volt mild-hybrid belt-alternator-starter. The system can recover up to 12 kW of power during light deceleration or when coasting at speed. Power is stored in a separate lithium-ion battery, which allows the motor to switch off for 40 seconds at speeds between 34 and 100 mph. Simply pressing the accelerator pedal allows the system to seamlessly restart the motor. With this mild-hybrid system, Audi claims fuel savings of up 0.8-liters per 100 kilometers (62 miles). This tech also allows stop-start operations at speeds up to 13.7 mph.
Under the bonnet, Audi has installed a revised version of the outgoing 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8. Full throttle unleashes a mega 441kW and 800Nm. All of this is sent through an eight-speed auto and into Audi’s renowned Quattro all-wheel-drive system, which is tuned by Audi Sport. The system is able to distribute up to 70 percent of the engine’s power to the front axle, or up to 85 percent to the rear axle, depending on the conditions and demands.
The new engine is a hybrid-type twin-turbo 4.0L V8 that produces 591 horses and 590 ft-lb of torque. It will propel you from a standstill to 62mph in 3.6 seconds thanks to its all-wheel-drive system, Quattro. The hybrid portion is a 48-volt belt alternator starting system that stores energy that can spin up” the engine to help with immediate POWERRRR with all tree-saving benefits of a hybrid motor. Optioned out to it’s highest trim (Dynamic Plus Package), the RS6 has a top speed of 190mph.
Inside the 2020 Audi RS 6 Avant, you get a clean layout featuring Audi’s latest MMI interface with two large touchscreens, additional, a pair of 1156 led bulbs are featured on the rear taillight. Gone is the freestanding tablet-like screen and knob-based controls of the outgoing RS 6. The traditional gauge cluster has also been replaced by Audi’s Virtual Cockpit system, which utilizes a 12.3-inch digital display to show all relevant information.