Audi’s RS Sport division has always had a humbling history, that originates back to the almighty Audi RS2 that took the world by storm. Ever since Audi’s mighty RS6, their flagship family estate car has always provided the petrol-headed family man with access to both supercar performance and family practicality. The last generation RS6 was a behemoth of a machine, and the generation before had a mighty Lamborghini derived 5.2 litre V10. Though the upcoming 2020 RS6 is something that is definitely out of this world.
It is said to come equipped with a mighty 4.0 litre Twin-Turbocharged V8 that now comes assisted with a 48V belt alternator/starter mild-hybrid system, producing an astonishing 591 bhp and 590lb-ft of torque, with 0-62 mph is achieved in 3.6 seconds though there is speculation that it could be quicker and even reaching the low 3 seconds regions. You know, with Audi being conservative about their figures and all. Speaking of conservative, the top speed is as always with these German Autobahn speed machines 155 mph; though can be de-restricted to 174 mph or even 190 mph with the optional Dynamic and Dynamic Plus packages available for this car.
Though don’t be alarmed, the new RS6 shares only the front doors, roof, and boot with the base model A6, with everything else redesigned or borrowed from the A7 and S7. The redesigned front end includes a new bonnet with a ‘powerdome’ and thinner headlights taken from the A7. The gloss black front grille is an RS-only design and the air intakes built into the front bumper are styled after those on Audi R8. For the first time, the Audi logo is available in black as part of black and carbon styling packs. The RS6 comes standard with 21-inch wheels, however, those looking for a more sporty and sharper appearance might want to opt for the bigger and bolder 22-inch alloys. They do also come with the biggest brakes ever fitted to any Audi, a massive 80 millimetres wider than the standard A6. Its no joke but this car really does mean business and selecting the metallic grey paint scheme for the car makes it look like Darth Vader on the road. Though the only problem I have, along with a few other care reviewers, is the silver trim on the back bumper. However, future owners will be given the option to choose for the black or carbon trim packages that in theory will fix the issue. In other words, it won’t make that goofy looking trim piece stand out so excessively.
The interior is as mind-blowing as the exterior Audi has gone and made sure that the driver and their passengers aren’t mistaken for sitting in an ordinary Audi A6, there are RS-specific side sills and roof spoiler and a bespoke rear end incorporates a bold diffuser and twin oval-shaped exhausts that are not only real but massive. Inside, a leather sports steering wheel features RS aluminium paddle shifter and there are leather and Alcantara covered sport seats and a revamped instrument panel.
It is without a shadow of a doubt that the 2020 Audi RS6 Avant will come, as standard, with Audi’s world-renowned Quattro 4-wheel drive. Though it works a little bit differently here, 60% of the power is sent to the back wheels in normal conditions, but the power can be shifted to as much as 85% under hard acceleration. When there’s not much grip available, the Quattro setup will provide up to 70% to the front axle. Add into the mix rear-wheel steering and an adaptive air suspension will also be available, it is fair to say that this new autobahn munching beast a technological masterpiece. There is also more good news to be said, the 2020 Audi RS6 Avant will now be coming to the United States and to Canada.