If you like your estate cars to carry things fast - or your dogs like the sensation of being pinned against the back window, then this is the estate for you. And your canine mates.
Now in its fourth-generation, the RS6 Avant has always had supercar-worrying performance, and this new model is no different. The 600hp on tap comes from a 4.0 litre TFSI twin-turbo V8 petrol engine, which also produces 800 Nm of torque.
Audi RS6 Avant performance
Those figures are good for a 0-62mph time of just 3.6 seconds, aided by four-wheel drive courtesy of Audi’s famous quattro technology. The 0-124mph time is dispatched in 12 seconds, and the top speed is electronically limited to 155mph.
The eight-speed automatic gearbox has RS-optimised shift times, and includes a launch control function. Power is put 40:60 front to rear ordinarily, though if a wheel slips, drive can automatically switch to the axle with more grip. Up to 70% can be put to the front wheels, and up to 85% to the rear.
The suspension is 20mm lower than that of the standard A6 Avant, and it lowers an additional 10mm at speeds of 74mph and above. For those fearing for the front bumper, a lift mode can raise the car by up to 20mm for low speed driving, and the air suspension has a range of settings from sporty to comfort. It’s not just about performance anymore however, and Audi has boosted the RS6 Avant’s everyday credentials by fitting mild hybrid technology to the engine, which also has a cylinder deactivation system.
Audi RS6 Avant technology
A 48-volt system covers the requirements of a number of auxiliary systems, while it also deals with engine stop/start requirements by using the belt alternator starter at the heart of the system. It also allows the RS6 Avant to coast at speeds between 34 and 99mph when the driver lifts off the throttle.
Cylinder deactivation shuts down half of the V8’s cylinders when not needed, saving fuel. It saves up to 0.8 litres per 62 miles driven, and the cylinders are reactivated as soon as the reactivated as soon as the throttle is pressed.
Audi RS6 Avant equipment
Although coming in as the flagship in the A6 range, only the front doors, roof, and boot-lid are carried over. The rest are RS-specific parts, including the huge wheel arches that cover the standard 21-inch alloy wheels.
Significantly more aggressive in looks and stance than the A6 Avant, designers have taken styling cues from the R8 supercar. The front end features a 3D honeycomb grille and LED headlights, while the rear features a roof-edge spoiler and diffuser as part of the bumper.
The interior largely matches that of the A6 Avant, which means the latest generation MMI Touch ideal screen infotainment system is included. Audi’s Virtual Cockpit digital instrument cluster has a few RS options added to the configurable settings.
The new Audi RS6 Avant will be available to order in November, with first customer deliveries taking place in January 2020.
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