IT’S a marriage made in heaven. The combination of a 441kW twin-turbo V8 and a mild hybrid delivering high performance and high efficiency, along with 800Nm of torque, in the new look 2020 Audi RS 6 Avant.
Capable of 0-100km/h in 3.6 seconds, the RS 6 Avant is not a sports car or a performance sedan. No. It’s one of the hottest sports wagons on the market today, with the 2019 Mercedes-AMG E63 S Estate among its fiercest rivals.
Its arrival marks 25 years of RS vehicles, and also signals its first foray into the US market. It is also one of the first Audi Sport vehicles to feature the company’s new design language, lending itself to a wider body and and broad flared wheel arches.
There’s an increased emphasis on the sporty flair and distinctive character of the high-performance Avant, and the 22-inch wheels accentuate the striking proportions. A myriad of external tweaks give the RS 6 Avant an almost R8-like look.
Under the hood, a 4.0-litre TFSI twin-turbo V8 delivers bucket loads of power, with a 12 second 0-200km/h run no problem for the big Audi, which is electronically speed limited to 250km/h.
Add the optional Dynamic or Dynamic Plus packages, and that top speed blows out to 280km/h or 305km/h, respectively. To assist in the recover of power, and saving fuel, the Audi RS 6 Avant features a 48v electric mild hybrid system.
It can store up to 12kW and also provide fuel savings of up to 0.8-litres/100km, and can also allow the vehicle to coast at speed with the engine off. The Audi also has cylinder on demand (COD) technology that deactivates cylinders for increased efficiency.
Don’t worry that you’re going to miss out on that full and proper beast sound from the V8 though, as the optional RS sport exhaust system with black tailpipe trims ensures a maximum sporty sound experience.
In the customisable RS1 and RS2 modes, drivers can also decide themselves whether the sound should be sporty or balanced. Agile adaptive air suspension adds to the whole driving experience too, matching performance and handling together like never before.
There are six drive modes, including comfort, auto, dynamic, efficiency, and RS1 and RS2, with RS-specific displays in the Audi virtual cockpit on offer, based on your choices.
Inside, the pioneering interior design accentuates the sporty character of the new RS 6 Avant with its driver orientation and inlays in aluminium race, anthracite. The user interface of the all-digital operating system harmonises with the clear black-panel design.
An MMI touch response display is incorporated almost invisibly into the black-panel architecture. The RS Monitor display provides the driver with the option of changing that top display to show temps, G-forces, and tyre pressures.
The fully perforated sport leather steering wheel, flattened at the bottom, with new large RS shift paddles made of aluminium, features multi-function buttons that allow the driver to also directly select the new Audi drive select RS1 and RS2 modes.
Sport seats in black pearl Nappa leather/Alcantara come with RS embossing and rhombus pattern. As an option, RS sport seats are available in perforated Valcona leather with honeycomb pattern and RS embossing.
The new RS 6 Avant is also even roomier inside. The luggage compartment has a capacity of between 565 and 1680 litres , while the loading width between the wheel arches is now 1.05 metres, 14 millimetres larger than the previous model.
More than 30 driver assist systems are available to enhance driver capability and safety, including adaptive cruise assist, intersection assist, lane change warning, curb warning and 360 degree cameras.
The paint range for the new Audi RS 6 Avant comes with 13 colours, including the two RS- specific colours Nardo grey and Sebring black, crystal effect options, and a choice of five matte effect paint finishes.
Exterior mirror housings come standard in black and are optionally also available in the body colour or matte aluminium. The matte aluminium, black and carbon styling packages change vertical blades, the horizontal splitter, sill inserts and roof rails.
Window slot trims and the rear diffuser trim also get tweaked. The Audi rings and the RS logos at the front and rear can also be finished in gloss black as an option for the black and carbon styling packages.
The new Audi RS 6 Avant is expected to arrive in Australia in mid-2020. Pricing and specifications will be announced closer to launch.