Review: Audi RS6 Avant (2020)
4.0-litre TFSI twin-turbo V8 with mild hybrid tech. 600PS, 800Nm, 0-62mph in 3.6 seconds.
On sale November 2019 with deliveries from January 2020.
Audi RS6 Avant (2020): At A Glance
With the exception of the front doors, roof and tailgate, the exterior of the RS6 Avant comprises exclusively RS-specific parts, along with flared arched and 21-inch alloy wheels.
The 4.0 TFSI in the new Audi RS6 Avant delivers 600PS and 800Nm of torque, which is maintained between 2050 and 4500 rpm. In 3.6 seconds the high-performance Avant sprints from zero to 62mph, and where conditions permit the driver can see 124mph by the time 12 seconds have elapsed. Top speed is electronically governed at 155mph.
The twin-turbo V8 is combined with a 48-volt main electrical system. A belt alternator starter lies at the heart of the mild hybrid system (MHEV), recovering up to 12kW of power during light deceleration and stored in a seperate lithium-ion battery.
The standard eight-speed tiptronic with optimised shift times and a new Launch Control function 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 centre differential. If one wheel slips, more drive torque automatically goes to the axle with the better traction. Up to 70 percent can be channelled to the front wheels and up to 85 percent to the rear wheels.
The body of the new RS6 Avant is 20 millimetres lower than in the Audi A6 Avant with standard suspension; at speeds of 74mph and above, it is lowered by another 10 millimetres. At the other end of the scale, a lift mode is available to raise the vehicle by 20 millimetres for low speed driving. The very wide spread of the RS sport air suspension offers the driver a free choice between long-distance comfort and maximum performance.
The new RS6 Avant features progressive steering with its direct ratio as standard. The system develops significantly higher return forces with increasing steering angle for precise steering feedback. Its newly developed power assistance directly connects the driver and road.
The new RS6 Avant is fitted standard with 21-inch alloy wheels in 10-spoke star design, which are shod with 275/35 size tyres. An RS-specific wheel in 22-inch 5-V-spoke trapezoid design with 285/30 tires will be available on the Vorsprung specification. The newly developed RS ceramic brake system weighs around 34kg less than its steel counterpart, thus reducing unsprung masses. The Electronic Stabilisation Control (ESC) features a sport mode or can be switched off entirely.