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2020 Audi RS 6 Avant Revealed With 592 HP, Will Be Offered In America


High-performance wagons are an Audi staple and the company isn’t disappointing as they’ve unveiled the all-new RS 6 Avant.

Set to celebrate its public debut in Frankfurt, 2020 RS 6 Avant has a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 that produces 592 hp (441 kW / 600 PS) and 590 lb-ft (800 Nm) of torque. It is connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission which sends power to a standard quattro all-wheel drive system. This setup enables the RS 6 Avant can rocket from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 3.6 seconds, before hitting a limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h).

Speaking of performance, the wagon comes equipped with a specially tuned adaptive air suspension and a sport rear differential which promises to “enhance cornering agility by actively splitting torque between each of the rear wheels.”

Speaking of performance, the wagon comes equipped with a specially tuned adaptive air suspension and a sport rear differential which promises to “enhance cornering agility by actively splitting torque between each of the rear wheels.”  There’s also an optimized steering system which “develops significantly higher return forces as [the] steering angle increases, to provide precise steering feedback.”

Speaking of dynamics, the car has an Audi drive select system with six different modes including comfort, auto, dynamic and efficiency.  That’s not too unusual, but the RS 6 Avant also comes with two unique modes dubbed RS1 and RS2.  They’re individually configurable and can easily be pulled up by pushing the RS Mode button on the steering wheel.

Not Your Typical Grocery Getter

On the styling front, the model follows in the footsteps of the A6 and S6 Avant.  However, there are a handful of changes which indicate this isn’t your typical grocery getter.

Starting up front, the RS 6 adopts a prominent grille frame grille with gloss black mesh inserts that are unique to the model.  We can also see a bulging hood, massive air intakes and a silver front splitter.

The sporty styling continues further back as the RS 6 Avant has aggressive side skirts and a liftgate-mounted spoiler.  Other notable features include a dual exhaust system and a unique rear bumper with an integrated diffuser.

Audi didn’t say much about the interior, but the cabin largely carries over from the standard model.  As a result, drivers will find a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a 10.1-inch infotainment system and an 8.6-inch lower display.

That being said, there are a handful of RS-specific touches.  Drivers sit in RS-branded sport seats and grab onto a flat-bottomed steering wheel.  We can also see carbon fiber trim, alloy pedals and a red quattro badge on the dashboard.

That being said, there are a handful of RS-specific touches.  Drivers sit in RS-branded sport seats and grab onto a flat-bottomed steering wheel.  We can also see carbon fiber trim, alloy pedals and a red quattro badge on the dashboard.  Audi also confirmed the digital instrument cluster has RS-specific displays which “provide information on tire pressure, torque, power output, engine oil temperature, boost pressure, lap times, acceleration measurements and g forces.”

We’ll likely learn more about the RS 6 Avant at the Frankfurt Motor Show, but Audi confirmed the model will indeed be offered in America.  This is a first for the wagon and Audi Sport GmbH managing director Oliver Hoffmann said he believes this move has “huge potential.”

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