Audi’s resident giant killer comes to the U.S. with impressive V-8 power

The 2020 Audi RS6 Avant is the range-topping version of Audi’s midsize wagon, the A6 Avant. Arguably the most iconic RS model, the RS6 Avant return with a brand-new exterior and more power than ever. Unlike it’s predecessor, it’s no longer fully based on the A6, as it borrows front fascia elements from the A7 and the R8. The 2020 RS6 Avant is also the first of its kind to feature a hybrid drivetrain thanks to a 48-volt system. Granted, it’s not a full-fledged hybrid, but it’s an important step toward electrification. Unlike its predecessors, the 2020 Audi RS6 Avant will be offered in the United States.

Audi RS6 Avant Exterior

  • Front fascia from RS7
  • Thin headlamps
  • R8-inspired bumper
  • Beefed-up engine hood
  • Wider fender flares
  • Large wheels
  • Sporty side skirts
  • Dark trim
  • Aggressive rear diffuser
  • Larger tailgate spoiler

While previous RS6 Avant models were mostly beefed-up A6 Avants on the outside, Audi took a different approach for this generation. Specifically, instead of upgrading the front fascia of the A6 with a sportier bumper and grille, the Germans transplanted the entire front fascia from the RS7. This is a big deal as the RS7 is an entirely different car design-wise.

For starters, the headlamps are much thinner and their outer sections are no longer thicker than the inner part. They also feature a different LED pattern with thin light bars and square "points" at the top. The grille is also different on the RS7, featuring sharper corners and a body-colored frame. The honeycomb grille s similar to other RS models, but there’s an extra vent at the top of the grille.

NOTE TO FORMATTER: compare front end of RS6 to RS7

The bumper is also a carbon copy of the RS7. It features triangular vents at the corner, which are actually based on those of the R8 supercar. The massive grille leaves room for a very thin center vent between the lower frame and the splitter, just like on the RS7.

The engine hood was also sourced from the RS7 and it’s notably more aggressive than the regular A6. While the latter sports only two character lines toward the edge, the RS6’s also include an extra pair of lines toward the center. These character lines form a cool power dome.

NOTE TO FORMATTER: compare new RS6 and old RS6, front quarter view

Audi brags that the RS6 Avant’s profile is completely different from the regular Avant save for the front doors, but the reality is that most upgrades are actually mild. New features that catch the eye include the more aggressive side skirts with black inserts, larger, 21-inch wheels, and wider fender flares. Other than that and the gloss-black trim on the lower mirror caps and the window frames, the remaining design features are shared with the A6 Avant.

NOTE TO FORMATTER: compare new RS6 and old RS6, profile view

The rear end is obviously based on the A6 Avant and sports the same features from the roof to the lower edge of the tailgate. However, we can notice a larger spoiler atop the tailgate and a gloss-black strip (instead of chrome) between the taillights. There’s also an "RS6" badge on the lower left side of the tailgate. But the bumper is a completely different story. Instead of the simple, utilitarian bumper specific to wagons, the RS6 features an apron that’s been cut out almost entirely to make room for a honeycomb grille with an aluminum insert that runs at the bottom in the center and than raises above and around the massive, oval exhaust pipes. This feature also comes from the RS7.

NOTE TO FORMATTER: compare new RS6 and old RS6, rear quarter view

Needless to say, the RS6 Avant looks hotter than ever and the RS7 front fascia sets it apart in the lineup. Sure, we could argue that an RS6 Avant with an RS7 front end diluted both nameplates, but it’s not such a big deal since the A7 line doesn’t include a wagon. If anything, Audi simply merged the midsize RS models to include a sedan, a wagon, and a sleeker four-door coupe.

Audi RS6 Avant Interior

  • Similar to regular A6 Avant
  • 12.3-inch instrument cluster
  • 10.1-inch infotainment display
  • Sleek, clean dashboard
  • Flat-bottom steering wheel
  • Aluminum paddle shifters
  • Sports seats
  • Valcona leather
  • Extra RS-specific features
  • RS badges
  • Large trunk

*** The new, fully digital, 12.3-inch instrument cluster looks imposing from behind the steering wheel ***

While some of the exterior is based on the RS7, the interior of the RS6 Avant is actually based, as expected, on the A6. But that’s also because the A6 and A7 share the same interior layout.

Both cars were redesigned from the ground up for the 2019 model year, so the interior is quite fresh. The layout is minimalist, but it also looks stylish and high-tech. The continuous air-vent strip seen in other Audi models was added in A6 too, but there’s also a thick dashboard insert that adds class and enhances the luxurious look. This black trim element incorporates the massive, 10.1-inch infotainment display that gives you access to most of the car’s features. A second display mounted below measures 8.6 inches and gives access to climate controls, comfort functions, and enables text input.

The new, fully digital, 12.3-inch instrument cluster looks imposing from behind the steering wheel. While this feature doesn’t come standard on the regular A6, it’s included in the package on the RS model.

NOTE TO FORMATTER: compare interior of old and new model, focus on the dashboard

*** The RS package takes things to a whole new level with extra premium features ***

So is there any element that sets the RS6 Avant apart from the regular model here? For starters, the regular chrome trim was replaced with matte and brushed, darker aluminum. There’s also a flat-bottom steering wheel wrapped in perforated leather and fitted with large shift paddles made from aluminum. The steering wheel also includes buttons for the RS1 and RS2 modes.

The RS6 Avant is also fitted with an “RS Monitor” display that gives you the option to see an overview of the temperature status of the drive components, the maximum G acceleration figures, and info on tire pressure and temperature in the top display. There’s also a shift light display that prompts you to upshift when the maximum engine speed is reached.

The A6 is already a well appointed car in standard trim, but the RS package takes things to a whole new level with extra premium features. The seats, which are sportier than usual, come wrapped in high-quality Valcona leather. It includes a honeycomb pattern and "RS" embossing. The perforated leather also allows for a ventilation features, which is a first for this model. It’s also fitted with RS-branded, illuminated door sills and a handful of "RS6" logos, including one on the dashboard. The cool thing is that the upholstery is no longer all black. The presentation model shows a brown finish for the leather, a good option if you like livelier, lighter interiors.

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But you can also opt for different options, like an air quality package, the ionizer, and adaptive windshield wiper with integrated washer jets in the wiper blades.

When it comes to dimensions and passenger comfort, the cabin is a bit more spacious than before. Audi claims that it provides more front and rear elbow room as well as more rear knee room than the competition. Speaking of that, the rear-seat bench comes with the same split-folding function in a 40:20:40 layout.

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Luggage room is rated at 20 cubic-feet with the rear seats up and 59.3 cubic-feet with the seats folded flat. That’s plenty of room for a midsize wagon and even though it’s not an upgrade from the old model, it still puts the RS6 Avant on par with the competition. The Mercedes-AMG E63 Wagon provides 20.5 cubic feet with the rear seats in place, only a half cubic foot more. With the seats folded flat, the Merc provides 57.4 cubic feet, a 1.9 decrease from the Audi. BMW doesn’t offer an M version of the 5 Series Touring, but this wagon offers similar space behind the second-row seats at 20 cubic feet. Capacity increase to 60 cubic feet with the rear seats folded flat, but that’s only 0.7 cubic feet more than the Audi.

NOTE TO FORMATTER: compare trunk space of RS6 Avant to the competition

While the trunk isn’t bigger than the old RS6 Avant, it features a wider loading area. Now measuring 41.3 inches, it’s 0.55 inches wider than before. The tailgate and the luggage compartment cover open electrically and the trunk is fitted with Audi’s rail system as standard, giving you the option to individually position four variable lashing points to secure objects. There’s also a tensioning strap, a net, and two hooks.

For added utility you can order an optional swiveling trailer towing hitch with an electric release function. Audi also offers a camera-based trailer assist function that helps you when reversing and driving with a trailer.

Audi RS6 Avant Drivetrain

  • Twin-turbo, 4.0 V-8
  • 592 horsepower
  • 590 pound-feet of torque
  • 0 to 62 in 3.6 seconds
  • Top speed at 155 mph
  • On par with the competition
  • 8-speed automatic
  • Quattro all-wheel drive
  • 48-volt system
  • Mild hybrid

*** The mill is rated at an impressive 592 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque ***

Just like its predecessor, the RS6 Avant features a twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8 engine. However this is a brand-new unit. More importantly, it’s a mild hybrid because it works in conjunction with a 48-volt, starter-alternator system.

The mill is rated at an impressive 592 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. That’s a notable upgrade from the old model, which came with 553 horses and 516 pound-feet on tap. So the new wagon benefits from an extra 39 horses and 74 pound-feet. However, Audi also offered a Performance version of the previous RS6 Avant, which came with 597 horses and 553 pound-feet. This means that even though the new wagon boasts an extra 37 pound-feet, it falls behind by five horsepower. It’s not much, but it means that the current-generation RS6 Avant isn’t the most powerful model. But Audi will probably release a new Performance variant soon, so things will change.

NOTE TO FORMATTER: compare output of new RS6 with previous versions of the wagon

When it comes to performance, the RS6 Avant is quite the quick grocery getter. The German wagon hits 62 mph in an impressive 3.6 seconds and Audi claims that the 0 to 124 mph benchmark is achieved in less than 12 clicks. From 0 to 62 mph, the new RS6 Avant is three tenths quicker than the old model and a tenth-second faster than the old Performance model. So despite not being as powerful, the new wagon is a tad quicker. Top speed remains locked at 155 mph, just like the old model, but Audi will offer a special package that should increase the speed you can reach to about 190 mph. Mighty impressive for a wagon.

NOTE TO FORMATTER: compare performance and top speed of new RS6 with previous versions of the wagon

So how does it compare to its main rival, the Mercedes-AMG E63? Well, it’s on par with the range-topping S version, the only one available in the U.S. Also powered by a twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8, the E63 S pumps out 603 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of twist. That’s an extra 11 horses and 37 pound-feet. Naturally, the Merc is a tad quicker to 62 mph, needing 3.5 seconds to get there. Although not available in the U.S., Mercedes also offers a non S model that features the same engine, but rated at 563 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of twist. The Audi comes on top with an extra 29 horses and 37 pound-feet and it’s also a tenth-second quicker to 62 mph. The AMG E63 S is limited to a superior top speed of 186 mph as standard.

NOTE TO FORMATTER: compare power and performance of RS6 AVant to the AMG

*** The mild hybrid combo enables fuel savings of up to 0.8 liters per 100 km ***

But the RS6 Avant stands out through other features like the 48-volt system. This electric starter alternator turns the wagon into a mild hybrid that has the ability to recover up to 12 kW of power during deceleration. This is stored in a separate lithium-ion battery for later use. But this feature doesn’t work at all times. It’s activated only when you lift off the accelerator at a speed between 34 and 99 mph. This also enables you to coast for up to 40 seconds. As soon as you touch the gas pedal, the starter alternator restarts the engine. A start/stop feature is also integrated into the 48-volt system.

Audi claims that the mild hybrid combo enables fuel savings of up to 0.8 liters per 100 km in everyday driving, but actual estimates for the U.S. market aren’t yet available.

The V-8 engine also integrates a cylinder deactivation features. It works at low to intermediate loads when cylinders two, three, five, and eight are deactivated and the engine becomes a four-cylinder. The cylinders are reactivated instantly when more load is needed.

*** The transmission in charge with sending all the power to the wheels is the familiar eight-speed Tiptronic ***

The transmission in charge with sending all the power to the wheels is the familiar eight-speed Tiptronic available across the lineup. But this unit was revised specifically for this model to deliver quicker shift times and fitted with a new Launch Control function for proper acceleration. It also connects to permanent Quattro all-wheel-drive system and a mechanical center differential with a 40:60 split toward the rear years as a default setting. The differential is also able to send up to 70 percent of torque to the front wheels and up to 85 percent to the rear axle. The customizable RS1 and RS2 modes, available through the Audi Drive Select feature, will enable you to pick between a more balanced setup or one that focuses on full performance.

Finally, the RS6 Avant boasts Audi’s latest wheel-selective torque control feature, which optimizes handling by braking the wheels with reduced load on the inside of a bend just before they can begin to spin. The sport differential shifts the drive torque when cornering at speed as required between the rear wheels, thus improving traction, stability and dynamics.

Audi RS6 Avant Suspension and Brakes

The suspension layout of the RS6 Avant is largely similar to that of the standard model. The front and rear axles use a five-link design that handles longitudinal and transverse foces separately, while the subframes are mode from aluminum. However, the RS6 Avant rides on wider tracks that measure 65.6 inches in the front and 65 inches in the rear. It also sits 0.8 inches lower than the standard A6 Avant.

Go past 74 mph and the ride height will drop by another 0.4 inches for a total change of 1.2 inches compared to the standard wagon. However, if you need to drive on bumpy roads or over speed bumps, a lift mode will raise the RS6 Avant at the same level as the regular wagon.

The RS6 Avant is fitted standard with 21-inch aluminium wheels wrapped in all season. Optionally, you can go with RS-specific wheels in 22-inch V-spoke. Stopping power comes from newly developed RS ceramic brakes that weigh around 75 pounds less than the regular steel brakes.

Audi RS6 Avant Prices

Although it’s already available in Europe, Audi has yet to release pricing information for the RS6 Avant in the U.S. The wagon starts from £92,750 in the U.K., which accounts for a 123.6 percent premium over the standard A6 Avant. But the latter isn’t sold in the U.S., so we need to look at the A6 Allroad to figure out an approximate sticker. In the U.K., the RS6 Avant commands a 70 percent premium over the A6 Allroad. The Allroad comes in at $65,900, so it’s safe to assume that the RS6 Avant will cost at least $110,000 before options. This sticker puts it on par with the range-topping Mercedes-AMG E63 S Wagon, priced from $111,750.

2019 Audi RS6 Avant Competition

Mercedes-AMG E63 S Wagon

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 E63 S. Revealed in 2017, the E63 S Wagon can give the RS6 Avant a serious run for its money. It’s not necessarily better suited for offering luxury and tech goodies to its customers, but it packs a bit more punch. It’s also powered by a twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8, but it comes with 603 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque on tap. That’s a minor 11 horsepower and 37 pound-feet more than the RS6 Avant. The extra oomph enables the AMG to hit 62 mph a tenth-second quicker than the Audi, with the benchmark rated at 3.5 seconds. Pricing for the Mercedes-AMG E63 S starts from $111,750.

Read our full story on the Mercedes-AMG E63 S Wagon.

BMW M5 Touring

BMW hasn’t offered a wagon version of the M5 since 2010 and it’s obviously missing on the fun in this niche. A few years ago we heard rumors that the M5 Touring might return with the G30 generation, but the latest M5 has been around since 2017 and there’s no sign of a grocery getter. Hope is not lost yet though and we might see one, at least as a limited edition, soon. If it happens, it will come with a 4.4-liter V-8 engine rated at 591 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of twist. That’s only one horsepower and 37 pound-feet below the Audi RS6 Avant. A Competition model with 617 horses could put the M5 above Audi’s station wagon. Assuming BMW builds one and offers it in the United States, it should start from around $115,000.

Read our speculative review of the BMW M5 Touring.

Conclusion

First introduced in 2002, the RS6 Avant is one of the most iconic vehicles in Audi’s lineup. Often linked to the even more iconic RS2, which was co-developed with Porsche, the RS6 Avant changed the station wagon market forever by proving that grocery getters don’t have to be slow and boring. The new RS6 Avant continues this tradition with impressive power and torque, quicker sprint times, and more technology and luxury than ever. It also looks way better than its predecessor thanks to its RS7-based design cues. With the AMG E63 a bit dated, the RS6 Avant has no solid competition, so Audi has plenty of time to take advantage on that. The fact that it’s coming to the U.S. is the best news we heard from Audi in a very long time.

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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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