High-performance station wagons are a rare breed in America, but the 2020 Audi RS6 Avant aims to repopulate the species when it reaches our shores. Derived from the already-excellent Audi A6 sedan, the souped-up station wagon adds RS-specific bodywork and exclusive go-fast goodies. While alternatives such as the Mercedes-AMG E63 S wagon and the mightiest Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo currently rule the long-roof roost, the forthcoming 2020 RS6 Avant could conquer them all.
Engine, Ride, and Handling
Audi endows the RS6 Avant with a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8, which generates 591 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque. The powerplant combines with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system that’s found on other Audi products such as the A8 luxury sedan and the Q8 crossover. The RS6 Avant feeds its standard Quattro all-wheel drive through an eight-speed automatic transmission. Audi claims the super station wagon will rocket from zero to 62 mph in 3.6 seconds and top out at 189 mph (with the optional Dynamic package). The Avant gets a standard air suspension with adjustable settings, while a coil-spring suspension with adaptive dampers is optional. Likewise, rear-wheel steering and a set of 22-inch wheels (21s are standard) can be added to the mix for extra coin.
Interior and Technology
The RS6 Avant will showcase the company’s sophisticated interior design and cutting-edge technology. The dashboard boasts multiple digital displays and promotes a luxury aesthetic with premium materials such as leather and faux suede as well as upscale features such as ventilated front seats and a head-up display. Audi says the Avant has 20 cubic feet of cargo room behind the rear seats and 59 cubes with the back seats folded. Likewise, a power tailgate is standard while a motion-activated tailgate is optional. The Avant’s list of driver-assistance technology includes adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, and more. Look for the RS6 Avant sometime in mid-2020.