Audi Redefines Station Wagons with the RS 6 Avant

When you say “station wagon” you’re not necessarily imagining a high performance vehicle but rather a stately family vehicle made for shuttling kids to and fro. The Audi RS6 Avant, however, combines both.

Audi RS6 Avant high performance vehicle

The Avant gets its roots from the Audi A6 sedan and then tacks on the RS designation—which is granted for the bodywork and the performance part of the station wagon. Those parts include a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 that can produce 591 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque. That engine is then combined with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system, like the one found in the A8 luxury sedan or the Q8 crossover. Put together, these two parts combine to propel the Avant from 0 to 62 miles per hour in just 3.6 seconds and have a top speed of 189 miles per hour. You can opt for the Dynamic package for a bit more oomph. Audi used its standard Quattro all-wheel drive system for the Avant, granting it an eight-speed automatic transmission. The air suspension is the standard fare, but it does come with adjustable settings. As another option, you can request a coil-spring suspension with adaptive dampers. Yet another option is the addition of 22-inch wheels instead of the standard 21-inchers and you can request rear-wheel steering.

Audi RS6 Avant back view

Inside, the Avant boasts a lot of tech mixed with an impressive interior design. The dash sports multiple digital displays, including a head-up display. Driver-assistance technology is included, which provides adaptive cruise control and blind-spot monitoring, among other things. The interior is decked out in leather and faux suede. The front seats are ventilated for extra comfort. As you would expect from a wagon, the Avant has plenty of cargo room—20 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 59 cubic feet when you fold the back seats down. A power tailgate is standard, but you can request a motion-activated tailgate. The RS 6 Avant is expected to be available in mid-2020.

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