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I know some of you all are excited about this one. I know I am a huge proponent of high-performance sedans and wagons, so this is just a sweet ride.

A 600 hp, with 590 ft. lb. of torque would be an absolute blast! Looks like time for a new family hauler.  All images follow the press release text. 

 

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-- PRESS RELEASE --

25 years of RS, 25 years of high-performance station wagons from Audi: With the new Audi RS 6 (combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 11,7–11,5 (20.1 – 20.5 US mpg); combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 268 – 263 (431.3 – 423.3 g/mi)) Audi Sport is ushering in a new chapter in the history of the high performance Avant. Even more power combined with increased efficiency thanks to mild hybrid system turn the RS 6 Avant into the perfect companion for any purpose. The new Audi RS 6 Avant will go on sale in dealerships in Germany and other European countries by the end of 2019. The basic price will be EUR 117,500.

“Throughout our 25-year RS history, the Audi RS 6 Avant is one of our absolute icons with a large global fan base,” says Oliver Hoffmann, Managing Director of Audi Sport GmbH. “We will also be offering the RS 6 Avant in North America for the very first time. As such, we will be tapping into a new market with huge potential and generating further growth.”

Broad and powerful: the exterior design

The body style, which is unique in its segment, proves alluring the moment you set eyes on the new Audi RS 6 Avant, even when stationary. The RS model sports an emphatically differentiated design compared with the A6 Avant base model. With the exception of the front doors, roof and tailgate, the exterior is made up solely of RS-specific parts. The body, which has been widened around 40 millimeters (1.6 in) on each side with its broad flared wheel arches, emphasizes the distinctive character of the high-performance Avant. The 22-inch wheels accentuate the striking proportions.

The entire front-end is differentiated to the maximum, providing a distinctive look within the A6 model line. In addition to the new hood together with powerdome, the RS 6 Avant also adopts the front headlights from the A7 model line. These not only come with a flatter, sportier expression, but also offer the option of the RS specific Matrix LED laser headlight with darkened trims as an additional USP of the RS 6 Avant in the A6 family. Similar to the LED rear lights, they feature a dynamic turn signal along with RS-specific sequencing when the vehicle is locked and unlocked.

The three-dimensional honeycomb structure within the Singleframe grill is finished in gloss black. In combination with the much flatter and wider geometry, this reinforces the athletic look of the RS 6 Avant (combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 11,7 – 11,5 (20.1 – 20.5 US mpg); combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 268 – 263 (431.3 – 423.3 g/mi)). The Singleframe surround and the quattro logo in the bumper have been eliminated. Below the standard LED headlights, side air inlets open on the strikingly drawn new RS bumper and extend almost into the lower edge of the headlights. The designers have taken their cue from the front-end of the Audi R8 supercar (combined fuel consumption in l/100km: 13.3 – 12.9 (17.7 – 18.2 US mpg); combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 301 – 293 (484.4 – 471.5 g/mi)).

The characteristic Avant silhouette dominates in the side view – elongated front section, long, straight roofline and flat D pillars, which rest on the quattro blisters. The RS-specific sills with black inserts visually emphasize on the flanks the pronounced forward thrust. The dynamic rear-end consists of the roof edge spoiler and an RS-specific bumper with rear diffuser and design elements in gloss black. In hallmark RS style, the RS exhaust system flows on both sides into oval chrome-colored tailpipes – an RS sport exhaust system with black tailpipes is available as an option.

Supreme power package: the engine

The 4.0 TFSI in the new Audi RS 6 Avant delivers 441 kW (600 metric hp) and 800 Nm (590.0 lb-ft) of torque, which is maintained at this high level between 2,050 and 4,500 rpm. In just 3.6 seconds the high-performance station wagon sprints from zero to 100 km/h (62.1 mph). And in a mere 12 seconds the RS 6 Avant reaches 200 km/h (124.3 mph). Top speed is electronically governed at 250 km/h (155.3 mph). With the optional dynamic package, the RS station wagon does up to 280 km/h (174.0 mph) or even up to 305 km/h (189.5 mph) with the dynamic package plus.

Thanks to the 48 volt main electrical system the twin-turbo V8 combines maximum performance with high efficiency. A belt alternator starter lies at the heart of the mild hybrid system (MHEV). Up to 12 kW of power can be recovered during light deceleration and stored in a separate lithium-ion battery. If the driver takes their foot off the accelerator at a speed between 55 and 160 km/h (34.2 to 99.4 mph), the drive management selects one of two options: Depending on the driving situation and setting in the Audi drive select the new RS 6 Avant recovers energy or coasts up to 40 seconds with the engine switched off. Pressing the accelerator makes the belt alternator starter restart the engine. MHEV technology allows for start/stop operation at speeds of up to 22 km/h (13.7 mph). Fuel savings of up to 0.8 liters per 100 kilometers are possible in everyday driving.

The cylinder on demand (COD) system is also onboard as another efficiency component. At low through intermediate load and speed, it deactivates cylinders 2, 3, 5 and 8 in the high gears by switching off injection and ignition and closing the intake and exhaust valves. In four-cylinder operation the operating points in the active cylinders are displaced toward higher loads in areas of the characteristic map with higher efficiency, while the deactivated cylinders largely run without losses, like gas springs. When the driver presses the accelerator pedal, they are reactivated instantly.

For all its efficiency the 4.0 TFSI develops a sporty, voluminous V8 sound. The driver can influence the engine sound using the Audi drive select system. The optional RS sport exhaust system with black tailpipe trims ensures a maximum sporty sound experience. In the customizable RS1 and RS2 modes, customers decide themselves whether the sound should be sporty or balanced.

The standard eight-speed tiptronic with optimized shift times transmits the power of the 4.0 TFSI to the quattropermanent all-wheel drive. The drive forces are distributed to the front and rear axle in a ratio of 40:60 via the all-mechanical center differential. If one wheel slips, more drive torque automatically goes to the axle with the better traction. Up to 70 percent can flow to the front wheels and up to 85 percent to the rear wheels.

The wheel-selective torque control optimizes the agile and safe handling of the new RS 6 Avant – it brakes the wheels with reduced load on the inside of a bend slightly before they can begin to spin. The quattro sport differential in the optional dynamic package and dynamic package plus shifts the drive torque when cornering at speed as required between the rear wheels, thus improving traction, stability and dynamics.

Even more agile: the suspension

On the new RS 6 Avant (combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 11,7 – 11,5 (20.1 – 20.5 US mpg); combined CO2emissions in g/km: 268 – 263 (

431.3 – 423.3 g/mi)), the front and rear axles use a five-link design to handle the induced longitudinal and transverse forces separately. The linkages and the subframes are made largely of aluminum. The track width is 1,668 millimeters (5.5 ft) front and 1,650 millimeters (5.4 ft) rear.

The standard RS adaptive air suspension with controlled damping was tuned specifically for the RS and provides, thanks to the new air spring module with a 50 percent higher spring rate, a top speed of 305 km/h (189.5 mph) for the first time in conjunction with the dynamic package plus. It can be set to several modes and includes automatic level control. The body of the new RS 6 Avant is 20 millimeters (0.8 in) lower than on the Audi A6 Avant with standard suspension; at speeds of 120 km/h (74.6 mph) and above, it is lowered by another 10 millimeters (0.4 in). A lift mode raises the vehicle by 20 millimeters (0.8 in) at low speed. The very wide spread of the RS sport air suspension offers the driver a free choice between long-distance comfort and maximum performance.

The RS sport suspension plus with Dynamic Ride Control (DRC) is available as an alternative. It uses steel springs and three-stage adjustable dampers that are connected to one another via diagonal oil lines and a central valve. When cornering at speed, the valves regulate the oil flow in the damper of the spring-deflected front wheel at the outside of the curve. They increase the support provided and reduce pitch and roll movements. This lets the RS 6 Avant (combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 11,7 – 11,5 (20.1 – 20.5 US mpg); combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 268 – 263 (431.3 – 423.3 g/mi)) hug the road more tightly and improves handling. A new damper generation with integrated control valve ensures much more noticeable spread between the individual modes of the Audi drive select system.

The new RS 6 Avant comes standard with the sporty progressive steering with its direct ratio. The system develops significantly higher return forces with increasing steering angle for precise steering feedback. Its newly developed power assist directly connects the driver and road. Optionally with the dynamic package and dynamic package plus the new RS 6 Avant comes with dynamic all-wheel steering. It combines dynamic steering at the front axle, which uses an infinitely variable strain wave gearing, with a separate rear axle steering system with a spindle drive and track rods. At low speeds, the rear wheels turn as much as five degrees in the opposite direction relative to the front wheels. This reduces the turning circle by as much as one meter (3.3 ft), making the RS 6 Avant more agile in city traffic and tight curves. At intermediate and high speeds, the rear wheels turn by as much as two degrees in the same direction – promoting stability particularly when changing course quickly.

The driver can change the character of their RS 6 Avant using the Audi drive select dynamic handling system. Six profiles are available: comfort, auto, dynamic, efficiency, and the individually configurable RS-specific RS1 and RS2 modes, which can be activated directly using the “RS MODE” steering wheel button. This automatically opens the RS-specific displays in the Audi virtual cockpit. The Audi drive select dynamic handling system influences the engine and transmission management, the power steering, the suspension, the dynamic all-wheel steering, the quattro sport differential, the engine sound and the characteristics of the automatic air conditioning. The RS2 mode exists specifically to influence the Electronic Stabilization Control (ESC) directly at the push of a button.

The new RS 6 Avant is fitted standard with 21-inch cast aluminum wheels in 10-spoke star design, which are shod with 275/35 size tires. An RS-specific wheel in 22-inch 5-V-spoke trapezoid design with 285/30 tires is available as an option, in a choice of silver, matt titanium look, gloss turned finish, and gloss anthracite black, gloss turned finish. The calipers of the RS steel brake system with ventilated and perforated discs (420 millimeters (16.5 in) front, 370 millimeters (14.6 in) rear) are painted black as standard and are optionally available in red. With the optional RS ceramic brakes, the calipers come in a choice of gray, red or blue. Their discs measure 440 millimeters (17.3 in) (front) and 370 millimeters (14.6 in)(rear). The newly developed RS ceramic brake system weighs around 34 kilograms (75.0 lb) less than its steel counterpart, thus reducing unsprung masses. The Electronic Stabilization Control (ESC) features a sport mode or can be switched off entirely.

Sporty and variable: the interior

The pioneering interior design accentuates with its driver orientation and the inlays in aluminum race, anthracite the sporty character of the new RS 6 Avant(combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 11,7 – 11,5 (20.1 – 20.5 US mpg); combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 268 – 263 (423.3 – 431.3 g/mi)). With its horizontal alignment and its tiered, three-dimensional structure, the instrument panel appears light and sleek. The user interface of the all-digital operating system harmonizes with the clear black-panel design. The top MMI touch response display is incorporated almost invisibly into the black-panel architecture. The “RS Monitor” display provides the driver with the option of having the top display provide an overview of the temperature status of the drive components, the maximum g acceleration figures along with information on tire pressure and temperature. In the Audi virtual cockpit, special RS displays provide information on tire pressure, torque, power output, engine oil temperature, boost pressure, lap timings, acceleration measurements and g forces. The shift light display prompts the driver to upshift when the maximum engine speed is reached. The optional head-up display also provides several RS-specific graphic displays.

The fully perforated sport leather steering wheel, flattened at the bottom, with new large RS shift paddles made of aluminum, features multifunction buttons that allow the driver to also directly select the new Audi drive select RS1 and RS2 modes. RS and RS 6 logos adorn the interior on the steering wheel, seats and the illuminated front door sill trims. The Audi Sport emblem is projected onto the road when the front or rear doors are opened.

The 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. Their perforation also allows ventilation for the first time.

Two RS design packages, red and gray, bring color and additional sportiness into the interior – with this option, the steering wheel rim, gear lever gaiter and knee pads are in Alcantara with contrasting stitching. Belt straps with color edging and RS floor mats round out the package. Inlays in carbon, wood natural, gray-brown, or matt aluminum add further customization options.

The new RS 6 Avant is even roomier inside. The luggage compartment has a capacity of between 565 (20.0 cu ft) and 1,680 liters (59.3 cu ft), the loading width between the wheel arches is now 1.05 meters (3.4 ft), 14 millimeters (0.6 in) larger than the previous model. The split-folding rear seat bench in the ratio 40:20:40 can be released and folded conveniently from the luggage compartment. A power tailgate and luggage compartment cover are standard. In combination with the optional convenience key, sensor control allows the tailgate to be opened with a foot gesture. The optional swiveling trailer towing hitch features an electric release function. Also available as an option is the camera-based trailer assist, which helps the driver when reversing and maneuvering with a trailer.

Large choice: infotainment, assist systems, colors and materials

The new RS 6 Avant comes with extensive comfort, connectivity and driver assist equipment. In this way, it combines consistent sportiness with unlimited long-distance capability and assists the driver in many situations. More than 30 assist systems are available – 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 (combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 11,7 – 11,5 (20.1 – 20.5 US mpg); combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 268 – 263 (431.3 – 423.3 g/mi)), comes with thirteen colors, including the two RS-specific colors Nardo gray and Sebring black, crystal effect along with a choice of five matt effect paint finishes. The exterior mirror housings come standard in black, and are optionally also available in the body color or matt aluminum. The matt aluminum, black and carbon styling packages change the vertical blades, the horizontal splitter, the sill inserts, roof rails and window slot trims as well as the rear diffuser trim. 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 Audi exclusive range offers numerous other customization options.


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No offense to those who like it:

I love the IDEA of this car but the looks fall short for me - entirely because it’s too busy. The profile isn’t bad but I don’t like the rear and the nose.  If it were “lower key” I’d be very interested.
 

Too “boy racer” for my taste kinda like a Honda Civic Type R.  Tries too hard to look the part. I prefer understated, more of a sleeper. 
 

For wagons in the US, I’ll stay with my ‘18 BMW ix drive  I love the look and elegant lines. It’s  versatile.  Gas mileage is excellent (not overly important but a nice bonus).  Comfortable.  
Our 2012 BMW wagon was bulletproof.  The ‘18 has had electrical issues.  Stupid annoying things that don’t work consistently as they should.  It’s our last BMW.  The dealer doesn’t seem to have the ability to fix it. Don’t know what we’ll get next.  
 

 I hear very mixed reviews on Audi reliability.  If they offer a less “fancy” Avant AND they aren’t plagued with issues, I will be tempted.  
 

The ‘18 Panamera4 doesn’t get much use these days and is a big car but fantastic driver and versatile with the hatchback.  That one might become the default wagon when the BMW goes away.  I just wish we had a decent car wash that could accommodate the rear tires.  They are too wide for the tracks and it’s a big job to hand wash. 

 

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19 minutes ago, cake said:

No offense to those who like it:

I love the IDEA of this car but the looks fall short for me - entirely because it’s too busy. The profile isn’t bad but I don’t like the rear and the nose.  If it were “lower key” I’d be very interested.
 

Too “boy racer” for my taste kinda like a Honda Civic Type R.  Tries too hard to look the part. I prefer understated, more of a sleeper. 
 

For wagons in the US, I’ll stay with my ‘18 BMW ix drive  I love the look and elegant lines. It’s  versatile.  Gas mileage is excellent (not overly important but a nice bonus).  Comfortable.  
Our 2012 BMW wagon was bulletproof.  The ‘18 has had electrical issues.  Stupid annoying things that don’t work consistently as they should.  It’s our last BMW.  The dealer doesn’t seem to have the ability to fix it. Don’t know what we’ll get next.  
 

 I hear very mixed reviews on Audi reliability.  If they offer a less “fancy” Avant AND they aren’t plagued with issues, I will be tempted.  
 

The ‘18 Panamera4 doesn’t get much use these days and is a big car but fantastic driver and versatile with the hatchback.  That one might become the default wagon when the BMW goes away.  I just wish we had a decent car wash that could accommodate the rear tires.  They are too wide for the tracks and it’s a big job to hand wash. 

 

 

You make some good observations. I think it fits a slot that appeals to those looking for something "more aggressive" in the wagon department.

The others you mentioned are great cars, but might be too subtle for some.  Boy racer with a healthy budget might be the demographic for this one, at least that's what it may appear to be.

With it being fresh to the market in the States again, they may have gone with something more angular and aggressive to differentiate.  While the Porsche and BMW are great cars, Audi may have wanted to utilize the big splash of a return with something edgier? 

Regardless, all good points Cake. Your input is valued and perspectives are definitely earned! Hopefully some drive reviews and time will help alleviate some of the concerns.

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I've wanted this since the C6 that had the V10 Gallardo inspired motor.  I first heard it on a trip to Europe, didn't see the car coming, heard and an instantly fell in love.  C7 was more meh since they went TTV8. The new styling is on point in the C8 version.  Audi America is screwing it up already though.  Very little communication on pricing, launch date (keeps getting pushed back) and it looks like production constraints now will likely limit US numbers to only 500 units in year 1 (there are 290 dealers, so you do the match).  A few greedy dealers are already predicting $50K over sticker.  Total BS. Anyway, I am already top of my list and will be my new daily driver if, and when it ever gets here.  This is the only Audi that have caught my attention to move from BMW as DD.

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35 minutes ago, DoctaM3 said:

I've wanted this since the C6 that had the V10 Gallardo inspired motor.  I first heard it on a trip to Europe, didn't see the car coming, heard and an instantly fell in love.  C7 was more meh since they went TTV8. The new styling is on point in the C8 version.  Audi America is screwing it up already though.  Very little communication on pricing, launch date (keeps getting pushed back) and it looks like production constraints now will likely limit US numbers to only 500 units in year 1 (there are 290 dealers, so you do the match).  A few greedy dealers are already predicting $50K over sticker.  Total BS. Anyway, I am already top of my list and will be my new daily driver if, and when it ever gets here.  This is the only Audi that have caught my attention to move from BMW as DD.

 

I'd love one of the V10 models, i'm right there with you! It's a sweet sweet sound and ride.

I've also heard only 500 units. To be fair, I'd think that Audi would rather sell out than not sell all they have.

Look at all the American made performance wagons. Cadillac and Dodge, right? They didn't sell. I mean a few years worth maybe; and the enthusiasts are rabid for them selling them among themselves but how many kept buying? Not many. 

I don't disagree it's getting a bit boondoggled with the delay and the pricing fog, but i think it won't make much of a difference long term. The people who REALLY want this car, are going to get it. And 500 units seems like a fairly achievable goal for that here. 

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Love it, i'd rock a 600hp wagon every damn day.  Too bad Fortis isn't around, I feel like he would have one of these in his driveway already.

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8 minutes ago, emanon said:

Love it, i'd rock a 600hp wagon every damn day.  Too bad Fortis isn't around, I feel like he would have one of these in his driveway already.

That first photo reminded me of his house! 

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On 1/29/2020 at 7:14 AM, cake said:

No offense to those who like it:

I love the IDEA of this car but the looks fall short for me - entirely because it’s too busy. The profile isn’t bad but I don’t like the rear and the nose.  If it were “lower key” I’d be very interested.
 

Too “boy racer” for my taste kinda like a Honda Civic Type R.  Tries too hard to look the part. I prefer understated, more of a sleeper. 
 

For wagons in the US, I’ll stay with my ‘18 BMW ix drive  I love the look and elegant lines. It’s  versatile.  Gas mileage is excellent (not overly important but a nice bonus).  Comfortable.  
Our 2012 BMW wagon was bulletproof.  The ‘18 has had electrical issues.  Stupid annoying things that don’t work consistently as they should.  It’s our last BMW.  The dealer doesn’t seem to have the ability to fix it. Don’t know what we’ll get next.  
 

 I hear very mixed reviews on Audi reliability.  If they offer a less “fancy” Avant AND they aren’t plagued with issues, I will be tempted.  
 

The ‘18 Panamera4 doesn’t get much use these days and is a big car but fantastic driver and versatile with the hatchback.  That one might become the default wagon when the BMW goes away.  I just wish we had a decent car wash that could accommodate the rear tires.  They are too wide for the tracks and it’s a big job to hand wash. 

 

Having owned three Audi's, one I still own, they make BMW look like Lexus.  Reliability is not good. I couldn't agree more, love the concept of a superfast estate, hate this execution.  People who drive estate's want Q cars.  Mercedes does it better, but even their styling is getting close to obnoxious. 

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1 hour ago, ATL_ said:

Can't wait to get mine!  Will post pics when it arrives.  Doing a lambo color.

Nice. I thought Audi Exclusive will delay delivery--did they update this?

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On 2/6/2020 at 6:22 PM, Destructo said:

Do you have a delivery date scheduled? 

I don't.  Audi exclusive order bank has not yet opened for the US.

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