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Audi A6 RS6 Avant (20 on) - rated 0 out of 5
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PROS

  • Audi hasn’t messed with the formula
  • Huge performance and practicality
  • Aggressive styling – but not too aggressive

CONS

  • Where can you ever use 600hp in the UK?
  • Undoubtedly, it’s going to be hugely costly to run
  • You have wait until next year for delivery

PROS

  • Audi hasn’t messed with the formula
  • Huge performance and practicality
  • Aggressive styling – but not too aggressive

CONS

  • Where can you ever use 600hp in the UK?
  • Undoubtedly, it’s going to be hugely costly to run
  • You have wait until next year for delivery

Audi A6 RS6 Avant rivals

The RS6 is something of a sporting icon for Audi. So, it’s interesting and pleasing to see that the company has steadfastly refused to mess with the formula - a large and powerful petrol engine, driving all four wheels, with supercar-baiting performance, wrapped in a roomy and stylish estate-car body. It’s worked for years, and Audi hopes that in this increasingly eco-conscious era we enter, it will continue to do so.

Starting with the engine, Audi has kept it simple, but impressive. There’s no plug-in hybrid technology here, and neither has the car switched to diesel power as is the case with the recently-launched Audi S4. So, it uses the same 4.0-litre, twin-turbocharged V8 engine as the last RS6 – but tweaked to deliver 600hp, up 40 from the last RS6 Avant in standard form.

Weight has increased by 140kg, but the RS6 Avant is still savagely fast with a claimed 0-62mph time of 3.6 seconds, which is 0.3sec faster than before. Maximum speed is identical, with an electronically-limited 155mph as its top end, but the Dynamic Package raises that to 174mph, or to 190mph with the Dynamic Package Plus.

We loved driving the old RS6 Avant, so this one has a lot to live up to...

Estate car only - an RS6 tradition

The Avant bodystyle is your only choice, but if you want something less practical and more stylish, it’s likely that the RS6’s running gear will be shared with the upcoming RS7 fastback. But the RS6 Avant is pretty much all-new compared with the A6 Avant it’s based on –

only the roof, tailgate and front doors are carried over. The front and rear wheelarches have been widened, so it’s 80mm wider, and the front and rear bumpers are completely new.

Inside, it’s business as usual, which is an A6 Avant in top-spec form with that’s clad in Nappa leather and Alcantara, with Audi’s Virtual Cockpit digital instrument cluster and a flat-bottomed steering wheel. The Virtual cockpit can display a racing-style rev counter, lap times or g-force readings, as well as allow you watch the temperatures for the oil, water and tyres.

Audi RS Avant (2020) interior

Same recipe, with added technology

To maximise fuel economy and CO2 efficiency, there’s cylinder deactivation (it shuts down four of its eight cylinders during gentler driving), and this time the RS6 adopts the 48-volt mild hybrid system from the rest of the range. It lets the RS6 coast (or ‘sail’ as Audi puts it) at between 34mph and 99mph. We’re yet to be advised about the official fuel consumption figures, but we can bank on them being better than the last model.

The RS6 Avant comes with air suspension as standard, with variable ride settings - so ‘springing’ stiffness can be increased by 50% in hard driving. There’s also an optional Dynamic Ride Control system, which comes with passive steel coil springs, and adaptive dampers with Citroen-style interconnection.

The Quattro four-wheel drive system splits its torque 40/60 front-to-rear split by default, but this can vary depending on driving conditions, with up to 70% for front-wheel drive in slippery conditions. And there’s no ‘drift’ mode as you find in rivals from BMW and Mercedes-Benz. There’s an optional Sport rear differential with four-wheel steering, which is combined with dynamic steering and an infinitely variable ratio. This points to many configurations available for differing driving tastes.

When can I buy one?

You can pre-order one at your Audi dealer, but deliveries won’t take place until early in 2020, and prices will be confirmed later this year.

We love the old Audi RS6 Avant - click here for the used review

Stay tuned for more details as they emerge

Audi RS6 Avant (2020) rear view

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