Audi may not have invented the station wagon, but the manufacturer from Ingolstadt made the utilitarian workhorse an icon of the brand. In the shape of the gorgeous all-new, fourth generation RS6 Avant, it is the ultimate expression of what a modern day, high performance Audi is all about.
Having debuted at the 2019 Frankfurt motor show, the new RS6 Avant will return to showrooms across Europe before the end of the year with more power, more tech and looking even more wicked than ever.
It’ll still be powered by a twin-turbo V8 displacing 4.0 litres, but this time supported by a 48V mild hybrid system with a total output of 591 hp and 800 Nm of torque, transferred to all four corners via an 8-speed auto, apportioned by the famed Quattro all-wheel drive system, of course.
How fast? Idle to 100 km/h takes a scant 3.6 seconds, onward to 200 km/h in 12 seconds. Top speed is limited to 250 km/h but that can be extended up to 305 km/h with the optional dynamic plus package. M5 and E63 S, you’ll have to watch your back from here on.
The powertrain also comes with Cylinder On Demand feature which shuts off four of the eight cylinders on occasions when maximum performance is surplus. While adaptive air suspension is standard, the RS6 Avant can be optioned with Dynamic Ride Control (which keeps body movements on an even keel), all-wheel steering and a ceramic braking system.
One of the less mentioned hallmarks of an RS model is that they always come with an interior that would make other premium makes blush. The new RS6 continues where its predecessor left off with a luxuriously appointed interior but this time with the new near-buttonless touch interface introduced in the new generation A6, but mixes it with a beguiling mix of quilted leather, Alcantara and RS-specific trim.
And yes, it can still comfortably accommodate five adults, skies, mountain bikes, canines with its 565-litre cargo space which can also be expanded to 1,680 litres with rear seats folded.
Enough of information, feast your eyes on the all-new Audi RS6 Avant.