Audi’s resident giant killer is getting the next-generation treatment

The new Audi RS6 Avant has been spotted covered in partial camouflage while making the test rounds recently. The high-performance wagon model of the A6 sedan is the latest Audi model to be captured by spy photographers. If anything, this shows that Audi’s test drivers have had their work cut out of them. The sporty station wagon was even spotted alongside the RS Q8 SUV.

Update 08/21/2019: The new Audi RS6 Avant has made its debut. We’re busy updating this review now, but you can learn everything you need to know in our Audi RS6 Debut Article

Spy Shots

March 27, 2019 – Finally Testing in Production Form

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This is the first time that we’ve actually seen the production-ready RS6 as the last model was little more than a mule with some extra camo. And, while it’s pretty typical for changes between S and RS models to be minimal, we can already spot some major differences. First off, the front fascia will be much sportier and will feature larger air intakes. Around back, the rear fascia will be a bit more aggressive thanks to the addition of a nice little diffuser. The other important thing to note here, body-wise, are the larger fender flares in place to accommodate the wider tires. Larger brakes can be seen through the wheels, but what you can’t see is the 650-horsepower V-8 stashed under the hood. This is the same engine found in the Audi RS7 and the Bentley Continental GT and, as rumor has it, a 700-horsepower hybrid RS6 could be on the docket as well. Expect to see the 2020 Audi RS6 debut at the 2019 Frankfurt Auto Show in September.

2019 Audi RS6 Avant Exterior

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The Audi RS6 test mule left little to the imagination because it was barely covered by camouflage. Now that we know what the new RS6 looks like, there’s a certain jaw-dropping element to it that’s hard to describe. The new RS6 carries a new unique look, though that’s really a byproduct of the model carrying the RS badge. In fact, most of the exterior is made up solely of RS-specific parts. The only exceptions are the front doors, roof, and tailgate. That’s it. Notice the broad flared wheel arches? You don’t get that with the base A6 Avant model. You only get that, and the 1.6-inch increase in width — with the RS6 Avant.

The front section also highlights the sporty and aggressive look of the performance wagon. The hood is completely new and there’s a powerdome effect to it, too. There’s also a new look to the headlights, ones that are adopted from the front headlights of the A7. You can even choose to opt for the RS-specific Matrix LED laser headlight should you choose to avail of that option. Either way, the headlamps flank Audi’s signature Singleframe grille, which happens to be finished in gloss black, specific to the RS6. Below the LED headlamps are side air inlets that extend into the new RS bumper that also happens to be exclusive to this model. If this particular design quality looks familiar, it’s because Audi pilfered it straight from its resident supercar, the R8. It just goes to show that inspiration comes in many forms, even from other models in the same stable. The overall look of the RS6 Avant’s front section is striking in many ways. It’s far more aggressive than its predecessor, and, in some ways, it reflects all the other important improvements that Audi made to the power wagon, most of which we’ll discuss later on.

Even the RS6 Avant’s profile will tug at your sensibilities. It’s a wagon, for all intents and purposes, but it doesn’t look like one. At the very least, the profile — the long front section, the equally long roofline, and the flat D pillars — carries a sports-oriented feel to it. It also helps that the wagon is adorned with black inserts all over its body. Those inserts add to the car’s dynamic aesthetics. Even the rear section, with the roof edge spoiler and the RS-specific rear bumper, is far and away more aggressive than it used to be. The rear diffuser, in particular, looks like an aftermarket product than something you’d see from the Audi RS bin. Chrome-colored tailpipes come standard on the RS6 Avant, though you can also avail black tailpipes of the same design should you wish to pick that up as an option.

The new set of 22-inch wheels puts a bow on what is one of the most distinctive Audi models you’ll see in the market. Granted, there’s a certain standard of sportiness that you always associate with any Audi model that’s carrying an RS badge. But even with that expectation, the look of the new Audi RS6 Avant leaves you grasping for straws. It’s that good.

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Other exterior elements worth nothing can be found in the rear, where there’s no trace of camouflage. The taillights are bigger, and they get a horizontal chrome bar that connects them. The oval exhaust pipes are of the most enduring signature components of Audi Sport, so it’s no surprise that we see them on the RS6 Avant. Everything else seems to fall into place as far as our design expectations for this model.

It will be interesting to note, though, how different the production bumper and fenders are going to look. There’s a reason why it’s the only area of the car that’s still hidden underneath the camo wraps. Maybe Audi is still trying to work out the aero kinks of the component, but once the production model is complete, I expect the RS6 to get proper bumpers and fenders that will enhance its sporty demeanor.

2019 Audi RS6 Avant Interior

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If you thought the 2020 Audi RS6 Avant’s exterior is a far departure from its predecessor, wait until you get inside the hot wagon. It’s like stepping into a new world teeming with modern design, cutting-edge technology, and enough premium feels to make you wonder if you’re sitting inside a luxury sedan. These qualities play big parts in the changing narrative of the RS6 Avant. It’s more than just a high-performance wagon now. It’s a melding of all the things and qualities that Audi is known far and wide for.

Take the level of interface it provides as an example. The new RS6 Avant comes with a sleeker dashboard that houses the hot wagon’s digital display unit and instrument panel. The smooth interface of the digital display perfectly complements the clear black-panel design. The whole setup gives the RS6 Avant a cleaner and more sophisticated-looking dashboard that punches well above its weight in luxury and refinement. The center console and the central tunnel continue with this aesthetic vibe. There’s less clutter in these areas than what we’ve become accustomed to.

Even the standard materials that you’ll receive as part of the new RS6 Avant are all premium in every way imaginable. The sports seats, for example, are dressed in black pearl Nappa leather and Alcantara with matching RS embossing on the headrests. You can even switch things up by going for some next-level options that are available for a small spike in price. Do RS sport seats in perforated Valcona leather with a honeycomb pattern and RS embossing sound good to you? That goes for the sport leather steering wheel, too. The sporty flat-bottom design makes it feel like you’re driving a sports car while the touch of the leather in your hands will give you the luxury car feels. The new large RS shift paddles are made of aluminum and the steering wheel is decked out in functionality, too. It features multifunction buttons that allow the driver to also directly select the new Audi drive select RS1 and RS2 modes. The front door sill trims are illuminated and when the front ad rear doors are open, the Audi Sport emblem can be projected onto the road. How’s that for cool?

Space isn’t an issue, too. The new RS6 Avant comes with a cargo storage area amounting to 20 cubic feet with the seats up and as much as 59.3 cubic feet when split-folding rear seat bench is lying flat on the surface. A power tailgate and luggage compartment cover come standard on the model. There’s even a sensor control technology that allows the tailgate to be opened with a foot gesture. Yes, a foot gesture. The lengths that Audi will go to offer a car like the new RS6 Avant is without reproach. That extends to the kind of options that are available for the hot wagon’s interior. Two RS design packages — Red and Gray — contribute heavily in bringing more color to the interior. With this option, the steering wheel rim, gear lever shifter, and knee pads are dressed in Alcantara with matching contrast stitching to boot. The belt straps come with color edging and the RS floor mats make an appearance. If you want to go next-level on the options, Audi’s also offering Inlays in carbon, wood natural, gray-brown, or matt aluminum, among other customization options.

There are no limits to what you can do with the interior of the 2020 Audi RS6 Avant. Actually, the only limit is your imagination, and to a lesser extent, the capacity of your checkbooks.

2019 Audi RS6 Avant Drivetrain

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Ok, so we were a tad expecting the new Audi RS6 Avant’s 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 TFSI engine to carry power approaching 650 horsepower. We didn’t think it was too much to ask for, but it seems that it was. The RS6 Avant’s twin-turbo V-8 does not have 650 horses on tap. Instead, it produces 600 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. The numbers aren’t that far from our expectations, and at 600 ponies and 590 pound-feet of twist, that’s still enough for the RS6 Avant to sprint from 0 to 62 mph in 3.6 seconds and 0 to 124 mph in just 12 seconds. By comparison, the 608-horsepower, BMW 5 Series Touring-based Alina B5 Touring can cover the same ground in 3.7 seconds while the obscenely powerful, 603-horsepower Mercedes-AMG E 63 S can do the same in just 3.0 seconds and obliterate the quarter-mile in 11.2 seconds.

So the Audi RS6 Avant isn’t the fastest to 60 mph. That doesn’t take away from its performance capabilities and it surely doesn’t mean that it’s a slouch on the road. On the contrary, the RS6 Avant is a monster on four wheels even if it’s carrying all that weight with it. Besides, it’s not like the super wagon is exclusively reliant on the twin-turbo V-8. A 48-volt main electrical system plays a role, too, specifically in terms of energy recovery at certain speeds. According to Audi, the RS6 Avant’s electrical system can recover as much as 12kW of power at speeds between 34 to 99 mph. The energy is stored in a separate lithium-ion battery where it can eventually be used at some point during your commute. The RS6 Avant also carries an eight-speed automatic transmission that channels all that power to all four wheels courtesy of Audi’s world-famous Quattro all-wheel-drive system. All told, the Audi RS6 Avant is capable of hitting a top speed of 155 mph, though that’s electronically limited. If you’re a thrill-seeker who isn’t afraid to go beyond that speed, you can avail the optional Dynamic package and boost the super wagon’s top speed of 189 mph.

All that power and performance on tap is great, but it won’t mean much if the RS6 is a worthless car to drive. Fortunately, it’s not. A coil-spring suspension with adaptive air suspension comes standard, and it’s tuned specifically to the standards of Audi RS. A new air sprint module comes with a 50 percent higher sprint rate that can be set to several modes depending on how fast the RS6 Avant is going. For example, at a speed of 75 mph, the RS6 Avant lowers by 0.4 inches while at low-speed, the accompanying lift mode raises the vehicle by 0.8 inches above its standard ride height.

In some ways, the RS6 Avant’s driving and performance characteristics are straightforward. It’s fast, powerful, and very engaging on the open road. The days when wagons were considered slowpoke family haulers are all over, folks. High-performance models like the Audi RS6 Avant have shown us that you can have your cake and eat it too.

2019 Audi RS6 Avant Prices

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The Audi RS6 Avant’s all-world offerings don’t come cheap. If you want to buy one, you’re going to have to pay serious money to be able to afford it. Audi has yet to release pricing for the new RS6 Avant, but the current model’s price starts at around $93,000. That’s a steep price, folks. There’s no other way around it.

Fortunately, Audi more than justifies it with the amount of technology and cutting-edge design that went into the development of the new RS6 Avant. We’re not talking about incremental gains here; we’re talking about a huge leap in all aspects of the model, way beyond our own expectations. Of course, all these improvements come at a cost. That much you can expect from a model like the RS6 Avant and an automaker like Audi.

Putting an estimate is a little tricky, but if we’re going to put a base price of the new RS6 Avant, we’d price at or a little over $100,000. That’s the price you have to pay to own what’s expected to be one of the fiercest performance wagons in the industry.

Fortunately for the cash-strapped, the RS6 Avant isn’t expected to arrive until the second half of 2019. That should give all of you enough time to save up and get ready for its arrival.

2019 Audi RS6 Avant Competition

BMW M5 Touring

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For the longest time, the Audi RS6 Avant had one distinct advantage over its two biggest rivals, the BMW M5 and the Mercedes-AMG E 63 S. It was the only model of the three that came with all-wheel drive. That has changed, though, because both BMW and Mercedes-AMG have outfitted their respective super sedans with all-wheel drive systems.

The M5, in particular, also comes in next-gen form, so you’re looking at a model that’s packing the latest in BMW tech and performance capabilities. The latter comes in the form of a 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 unit that produces 600 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque. That puts it on pace to sprint from 0 to 62 mph in 3.4 seconds before peaking at a limited top speed of 155 mph. Opt for the M Driver’s package, and that top speed rises to 189 mph.

Read our full speculative review on the 2019 BMW M5 Touring.

Mercedes-AMG E 63 S Wagon

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If you’re looking for the most direct threat to the Audi RS6 Avant, look no further than the wagon version of the Mercedes-AMG E 63 S. Revealed in 2017, the E 63 S Wagon can give the RS6 Avant a serious run for its money. It’s probably better suited for offering luxury and tech goodies to its customers, but Audi isn’t that far behind in that department.

For now, though, the AMG E 63 S Wagon can afford to puff its chest on account of it being a “newer” model than the incumbent RS6 Avant and the fact that it has a 4.0-liter, twin-turb,o V-8 that has 603 horsepower on tap. It returns the same acceleration time as the M5 — 3.4 seconds — but it also benefits from an improved performance suspension system that helps keep its overall handling together.

All that could change, though, once the next-generation Audi RS6 Avant arrives.

Read our full review on the 2018 Mercedes-AMG E 63 S Wagon

Conclusion

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When we talk about giant-killers in the auto industry, models like the Audi RS6 Avant are the first cars that come to mind. They may look like grocery haulers on the outside, but their potency is without question. The RS6 Avant has proven time and again that it’s a car you don’t want to mess with. As the next-generation model approaches, it’s hard to imagine that reputation waning anytime soon. There are only a handful of cars that have made me weak in the knees. The Audi RS6 Avant is one of them. So yeah, I’m excited like everyone else to see the next-gen model arrive.

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    • BMW and Merc are coming on strong
    • Still a ways to go before we see it on the road
    • Price could baloon up

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Update 03/27/2019: We’ve received some new spy shots of the 2020 Audi RS6, This time in full production form. Check out the latest in our ”Spy Shots” section below.

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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 quattro permanent 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 CO2 emissions 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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