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2019 Audi RS6 Avant

2019 Audi RS6 Avant

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

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2018 Audi RS6-E Hybrid Concept by ABT

2018 Audi RS6-E Hybrid Concept by ABT

Aiming to break the laws of physics

After a short teasing campaign, the German tuner Abt revealed their newest work of art. Actually, “work of mad.” Based on top of the already frighteningly fast Audi RS6, Abt showcased the RS6-E Hybrid Concept, a car featuring a 4.0-liter, twin-turbocharged, V-8 and a freaking 288 horsepower electric motor strapped to the transmission.

Please welcome the first hyper-wagon with 1,004 horsepower. Of course, it had to be an Audi.

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2017 Audi RS6+ by ABT Sportsline

2017 Audi RS6+ by ABT Sportsline

German tuner beefs up its Geneva offering with SE program for Audi’s performance family ride

This time last year, ABT Sportsline was preparing its involvement at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, and one of the cars that it was presenting was the Audi RS6 Avant. It’s funny then that exactly a year later, the German tuner is back in Geneva and one of the cars it’s bringing with it to the auto show is… the Audi RS6 Avant. But before you start screaming “recycle,” it’s important to know that this isn’t last year’s program. In fact, it’s different in a lot of ways, starting with its name: the Audi RS6+ Avant.

Okay, the “+” is the only thing different with the name, but let it be said that, for better or worse, there are a lot of differences between last year’s program and this new one. This program, for example, has a more rounded aerodynamic package than last years. On the other hand, last year’s engine upgrade program - believe it or not - resulted in more power for the RS6 compared to this year’s engine upgrade program. Weird, right?

Most importantly, though, the Audi RS6+ isn’t just made up of a tuning kit like it was with last year’s offering. This version of Audi’s stately wagon is actually a special edition model that’s part of the German tuner’s lineup for the 2017 staging of the Geneva Motor Show. Only 50 units of the RS6+ will be built with the first production of the 50 being the one that will attend the show.

So if somebody you know wonders what the “+” is for in the car’s name, remind them that this creation by ABT Sportsline isn’t a traditional tuning kit. Instead, it’s a tuning kit developed specifically for this car with the intent to sell said tuned cars in very limited numbers. Makes sense now, right?

Continue reading to learn more about the Audi RS6+ by ABT Sportsline.

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2016 Audi RS6 Avant by ABT Sportsline

2016 Audi RS6 Avant by ABT Sportsline

German tuner cooked up something special for the high-performance wagon

Estate sedans, or station wagons as they’re otherwise referred to, have often been perceived as family cars. But over the past few years, an influx of high-performance wagons have invaded the market. One of these models is the Audi RS6, which packs, among other things, a 4.0-liter TFSI V8 engine that spits out 560 horsepower and 517 pound-feet of torque. Impressive, right? Well, that depends on who you ask because if that question was posed to ABT Sportsline, the answer would be “not quite.”

The German tuner maybe impressed with the RS6 Avant, but as a company that has been around for 120 years, it’s predisposed to always think of ways to make the car better. Sure enough, ABT Sportsline did just that when it presented its latest tuning program for the RS6 Avant at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.

The kit is typical of what you’d expect to come from ABT Sportsline. It has an aerodynamic package, dressed up interior, new set of wheels, and most importantly, an engine upgrade that puts the wagon’s power output into the realm of today’s supercars. It seems weird to think that a wagon is capable of mind-numbing performance numbers, but given that Audi already gave it a V-8 engine, it would’ve been an even bigger surprise if ABT Sportsline left the engine alone.

Ultimately, this RS6 Avant is so far removed from the perceptions attributed to station wagons that you might as well treat it as a supercar hiding in a wagon’s clothing. The only downside is that the German tuner is only building 12 of these babies to commemorate its 120th anniversary. Seems a little low for a car with some historical ties, right?

Continue after the jump to read the full review.

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2017 Audi RS6 Allroad

2017 Audi RS6 Allroad

Rumors about the automotive market seem to be flying around a lot lately. In fact, it seems like we car guys always have something to talk about. Today it’s a rumor that appears to be coming directly out of Germany. As speculation would have it, Audi is planning to add an Allroad variant of the RS6 to its lineup.

Details are pretty thin at this point, and Audi has yet to mention anything about it. We do know that Volkswagen AG recently announced that it would be cutting back, so we didn’t expect to see a new project so soon. A model like the RS6 Allroad would sit in a niche market, so it seems like a weird project to come about now – with the all the drama VAG has on its hands right now, anyway. Then again, with a potential release date of Fall 2016, the RS6 Allroad could have been in the works before VAG’s world came crashing down. In that case, you couldn’t blame the company for capitalizing on money already invested in development.

Only time will tell if the rumor has any truth to it, but that doesn’t stop us from speculating on what an RS6 Allroad would look like. That said, we’ve put together a rendering high-performance, high-riding Audi. Should the rumor turn out to be true, we believe it will look similar to the images you’re looking at now. Keep reading to find out all about it.

Continue reading to learn more about the upcoming Audi RS6 Allroad.

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2016 Audi RS6 Avant Performance

2016 Audi RS6 Avant Performance

At the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show, Audi unveiled the 2016 S8 Plus, a beefed-up sedan with 605 horsepower at its disposal and a 0-to-62 sprint that leaves behind not only the Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG, but also prominent sports cars such as the Aston Martin Vanquish or the BMW M4. As we move closer to 2016, Audi took the same drivetrain and dropped it in the RS6 Avant and RS7 Sportback. Unlike the S8, however, the RS6 and RS7 didn’t receive a "Plus" badge. Instead, they were launched using "Performance" monikers.

Naming aside, the RS6 Avant Performance marks the return of Audi’s high-performance wagon after an 11-year hiatus. Offered in a limited run between April and September 2004, the RS6 Plus had an engine that was developed and manufactured by Cosworth and took to the streets with an impressive 476 horsepower and 428 pound-feet of torque on tap.

More importantly, the RS6 Performance arrives ten years after Audi discontinued the RS2 Avant, the brand’s first RS-badged vehicle. The RS2 was co-developed with Porsche, and its turbocharged, five-cylinder engine generated 315 horsepower. A little more than a decade has passed since then and Audi’s high-performance wagon has nearly doubled its output. Find out more below.

Updated 11/16/2015: Audi dropped a first promo video for its latest RS6 Avant Performance. Enjoy!

Continue reading to learn more about the Audi RS 6 Avant Performance.

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2015 Audi RS6 DTM By Jon Olsson

2015 Audi RS6 DTM By Jon Olsson

One look at this outlandish wagon is all you need to realize its owner is not normal. The exterior bristles with carbon fiber, asserting itself with jet-fighter-like aerodynamics, while the extended wheel arches hug enormous wheels over a lowered-stance that suggests a very firm suspension. Hidden by the stickered bodywork is a turbocharged powerplant pumping out close to 1,000 horsepower. But despite all these sacrifices to the deities of speed and performance, the owner claims this RS6 is a daily driver, perfect for a run to the ski slopes.

That’s because the owner is blogger, product designer, pro skier and certified car nut Jon Olsson. Olsson has done some pretty outlandish stuff when it comes to automobiles, with notable acts of insanity including the modification of a Lamborghini Gallardo LP540 for snow shuttle duty and the sliding of the Ultima GTR-based Rebellion R2K up a powder-packed mountain.

With a history like his, it should come as no surprise that Olsson is a fan of high-performance, AWD Audis. “I have always loved the crazy wide body style of the DTM cars and its been a dream to build a similar car for the road, but I also need a car that has enough space to carry all my ski gear to the slopes, so the decision was made to see what we could do with an Audi RS6,” Olsson states in his blog.

The result is a unique example of what the best tuners in the world are capable of when given permission ( and the budget) to break free from convention.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2015 Audi RS6 DTM By Jon Olsson.

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2015 Audi RS6 Avant by Audi Exclusive

2015 Audi RS6 Avant by Audi Exclusive

There are a lot of cool cars we can’t have in the United States, including a host of incredibly fast yet still practical wagons. The Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG Shooting Brake is the first that pops into mind, but the RS6 Avant is the vehicle that adds even more insult to injury. While Europe gets no less than four Audi-badged wagons, U.S. customers have just the one in the form of the A6 Allroad. And while most of us can live without the A4 Avant and the A3 Sportback, not having the RS6 Avant on this side of the pond is pure blasphemy. While I could rant about this for hours, I’m going to take a break to tell you about the latest Exclusive package Audi rolled out for the RS6 Avant.

The bundle comes just in time for the wagon’s recently launched facelift and adds further aggressiveness to the already beefed-up grocery getter. Nothing massive, but just enough to turn the RS6 Avant from enticing to downright sinister.

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi RS6 Avant by Audi Exclusive.

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2015 Audi RS6 Avant

2015 Audi RS6 Avant

The Audi RS6 Avant has been the go-to choice for anyone needing a truly all-weather-capable supercar with five doors. When it first debuted, it created an unprecedented combination of AWD performance, horsepower, and practicality. Despite its powerful position in the marketplace, Audi has killed the model twice since it debuted in 2002. The first-generation car was only around from 2002 until 2004 when Audi discontinued the RS6 in favor of the smaller RS4. The mightiest of the A6 models returned again in 2008, but was gone by 2010. Finally the car returned for the last time in 2012, and it appears as though it may be here to stay. Unlike the previous models that only survived for three years, the current model is in fact going to live a long and illustrious life as Audi announced a refresh for the 2015 RS6 Avant. Please start thanking your preferred deity.

While the entire A6 family is getting a pretty thorough refresh with new engines and drivetrains, the changes to the RS6 Avant are mostly visual with the majority of the drivetrain and chassis components carrying over from the current machine.

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2014 Audi RS6 Avant Plus

2014 Audi RS6 Avant Plus

In America, the A6’s history stretches back to the 1995 model year, when the German automaker refreshed its existing 100 model and renamed it the A6. In the same year, Audi renamed its existing S4 the S6, giving the new model a performance model to call its own. In 2003, the U.S. got a taste of the true potential of the A6 lineup, as the RS6 and its 450-horsepower V-8 made a quick, one-year-long cameo here. The RS6 Avant made its debut in Europe in 2013, and as we head into the late-2014, early-2015 model year in Europe, it appears an uprated RS6 Avant Plus is on its way.

Now it is time to get even more excited, as it looks like Audi will apply the same treatment to more models in its lineup and the next in line is the RS6 Avant.

First details suggest that, unlike the previous two Plus models, the RS6 Plus’ final output will be increased to an astounding 600 horsepower — up from the standard 560 horsepower in the RS6 Avant. The extra 40 horsepower combined with numerous weight-saving tactics will transform the RS6 Plus into a real beast.

The best part is that the model won’t be built in limited fashion, so if you want an improved RS6 this may be your chance.

We’ll update this review as Audi releases more info.

Updated 06/24/2014: A happy accident revealed a series of new details on the future RS6 Avant Plus. A British Audi dealer posted on its web site details on the future sports wagon. Of course it took it out when realizing the error, but it was too late. According to them, the RS6 Avant will be powered by the usual 4.0-liter TFSI engine, but with the output increased to 600 PS (591 horsepower). (Autoevolution)

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2014 Audi RS 6 Avant Winter Mobile By Jon Olsson

2014 Audi RS 6 Avant Winter Mobile By Jon Olsson

Jon Olsson is a professional freeskier and alpine ski racer coming from Sweden. As he spends most of his life on the snow, you can imagine that for him a car specially equipped for the winter is a must. In the past years he prepared himself a very cool Lamborghini Gallardo to transport his ski, but also a specially designed PPI Design R8 Razor GTR, among many other.

Now his garage will also include a new Audi RS6 Avant specially designed for the winter season. Apparently the new RS6 Avant made quite an impression and this is why it was picked by Olsson: "this truly is the most impressive car I have ever driven, the only car that came close to impress me as much was the Agera R, so I think that says a lot!"

We are not very sure if a comparison between the Agera R and the RS6 Avant is accurate, but we just can’t wait to see all the updates the car will receive in the near future.

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi RS 6 Avant Winter Mobile by Jon Olsson.

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2013 Audi RS6 Avant by MTM

2013 Audi RS6 Avant by MTM

German tuner MTM has always been one of the most successful Audi tuners in the world, so when news comes out that it is hard at work on another program, we all stand up and wait for the project to finish.

Well, the latest one is done and its got a pretty intense engine upgrade, to say the least. This is the Audi RS6 Avant and, while it doesn’t inspire the kind of break-neck power and fancy aesthetics that seemingly all station wagons carry with them, MTM made sure that this RS6 Avant packs a wallop of an engine upgrade.

The engine remains the same, which is to say that the RS6 Avant is still powered by a 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V-8 engine, but MTM went to work on tuning it. This tune resulted in an increased output of 722 horsepower and 652 pound-feet of torque — a dramatic increase from the RS6 Avant’s standard output of 560 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. With this significant upgrade in tow, the RS6 Avant is now capable of hitting 62 mph in 3.3 seconds, 124 mph in 11.3 seconds and a top speed of 211 mph.

At the corners, the RS6 carries MTM 20-inch bimoto wheels wrapped in 285/35ZR20 Michelin Pilot Supersport rubber. Up front, this hopped up wagon features an MTM-exclusive Brembo monobloc six-piston braking system with 405-by-36 mm (15.9-by-1.4-inch) discs.

This massive engine modification program does come at a cost with MTM charging €13,751.80 ($18,504.42) for the treat of getting the RS6 Avant’s output up to the 700-horsepower range.

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2013 Audi RS6 by ABT Sportsline

2013 Audi RS6 by ABT Sportsline

The Audi RS6 Avant has been in the tuning headlines recently. So much so, that we are starting to wonder if so many owners think it is subpar or if tuners are just starting to recognize that it is ripe for tuning.

We’d like to believe its the latter because the RS6 really is a masterful piece of work. Aftermarket companies are right to be interested in the vehicle, and no more so than one of the biggest Audi tuners in the world: ABT Sportsline.

A day after it introduced a new program for the S3 Coupe, ABT is following it up with its own take of the high-powered German wagon. Unlike the S3 Coupe program, this RS6 Avant was given its share of distinguishable aesthetic upgrades, specifically the addition of new carbon-fiber mirror caps. A stainless steel exhaust silencer system was also installed, as well as new suspension springs, and a new set of either 20- or 22-inch wheels.

Those are some nice additions, but we all know that ABT Sportsline prides itself on its impressive performance programs, and this RS6 received quite a load. From the standard 560 horsepower and 519 pound-feet of torque numbers of the RS6’s 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine, ABT was able to drive it all the way up to a staggering 700 horsepower and 652 pound-feet of torque, allowing the sports wagon to now hit 62 mph in just 3.4 seconds to go with a top speed of 199 mph.

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2013 Audi RS6 by OCT Tuning

2013 Audi RS6 by OCT Tuning

The new Audi RS6 Avant is powered by a twin-turbocharged, 4.0-liter, V-8 engine that delivers a total of 560 horsepower, making it one of the most powerful sports wagons out there. Even the best can be better sometime, so the German tuner O.CT Tuning found a solution to improve this output even further.

The tuner is offering two stages of upgrades for the RS6. In Stage 1, the engine electronics are heavily modified, pushing the V-8 engine to a blistering 670 horsepower and a peak torque of 649 pound-feet.

With the extra 110 horsepower under the hood, the RS6 awakens to a tune of 0 to 60 in 3.4 second. Top speed is increased to 190 mph, but an optional set of tires allow O.CT to unharness the RS6 to a top speed of 200 mph.

A Stage 2 upgrade is also available, and it includes an additional sports exhaust system that adds another 10 horsepower to the output level delivered by stage 1.

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