AUDI IS FINALLY BRINGING THE RS 6 AVANT TO THE U.S.
Ever since the first generation of the RS Audi wagon was brought into production, we in the states have gazed longingly across the Atlantic. That amount of power and prowess on the road put into a practical package seemed too good to be true. And we all know wagons are the cooler versions of sedans. Now, after 25 years, we have an Audi wagon that isn't the Allroad.
The 2020 Audi RS 6 Avant is finally making it state-side with 591 horsepower and a mild-hybrid system. Now before you attack your keyboards with spite for everything hybrid or electric, I should explain the mild-hybrid system. Its only function is to help restart the 4.0 twin-turbo V8. In different driving modes, the hybrid system will play no role in performance or general operation of the RS 6.
This is all you need to worry about; the aforementioned 591 horsepower, 590 lb-ft of torque and a top speed of 189.5 mph. This is the family cruise missile we've been wanting for so long. The design of the RS 6 is also something to acknowledge. Audi took design elements from the A7 and the standard A6 wagon to make sure it integrated smoothly with the rest of its lineup. The power bulge - don't laugh - has been made more pronounced to make the RS 6 more muscular in appearance.
Zero to sixty-two is dealt with in 3.6 seconds with the "dynamic package plus" equipped. With the 22-inch wheels and the 440mm ten-piston carbon ceramic breaks not on spec, the RS 6 is only capable of 155 or 174 mph. However, with some microchip wizardry, an Audi engineer said that the RS 6 was able to hit 197 mph at the Nardo. Yikes.
The Audi all-wheel-drive works the same as it does on other Audis, with a 40:60 front-to-rear torque split. Up to 70 percent of the power can be sent to the front wheels and 85 percent can be sent to rear. Your budget for tires can dictate which option suits you best. Rear-axle steering is an optional extra with the dynamic package and dynamic package plus. The suspension system is an adaptive air system that can lower the body by 1.2 inches overall depending on speed.
There will be two fully customization driving modes available for drivers. Named RS1 and RS2, each will allow for eco focused driving and more insane focused driving. I'm sure we can all agree on what modes will be most used by drivers.
Let's take a step back and look more at the package as a whole. We have, finally, a fast, five-seater Audi wagon that looks aggressive and delivers on power and hopefully will handle spectacularly. We are in the midst of a change in attitude towards cars and car manufacturers.
In all honesty, I would have never guessed I would have seen a fast Audi wagon come to the states in my lifetime. The SUV-apocalypse is in full swing, but there is a growing interest in wagons. Volvo in particular has been stubbornly pushing their new wagons into the American market. This growing interest in wagons is all we have been asking for as enthusiasts. Let us have our performance orientated cars and allow us to move all of our crap too.