RS 6 Avant is the eighth model in growing Audi Sport U.S. lineup coming in 2020
Audi of America announced that the all-new high-performance wagon, the RS 6 Avant, is coming to the U.S. market.
“Throughout our 25-year RS history, the Audi RS 6 Avant is one of our absolute icons with a large global fan base,” says Oliver Hoffmann, managing director of Audi Sport GmbH. “We will also be offering the RS 6 Avant in North America for the very first time. As such, we will be tapping into a new market with huge potential and generating further growth.”
The 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine in the new Audi RS 6 Avant delivers 441 kW (600 PS) and 800 Nm (590.0 lb-ft) of torque. The RS 6 Avant sprints from 0-100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 3.6 seconds and achieves a top track speed of 250 km/h (155.3 mph). U.S. power and performance specifications will become available closer to market introduction.
The standard eight-speed Tiptronic transmission with optimized shift times and new launch control function transmits the power of the 4.0-liter engine to the quattro permanent all-wheel drive.
Wheel-selective torque control can help enhance handling by ensuring additional traction across each axle through individual-wheel braking application. The quattro sport differential offers dynamic driving experience and helps enhance cornering agility by actively splitting torque between each of the rear wheels, with the ability to direct nearly all torque to one wheel.
The RS adaptive air suspension with controlled damping was tuned specifically for the RS 6 Avant. It can be set to several modes, including an automatic level control. The wide spread of the RS adaptive air suspension offers drivers a choice between long-distance comfort and high performance.
A RS sport suspension with Dynamic Ride Control, is also available. These single-tube dampers have a variable characteristic that the driver can adjust in three stages. Hydraulic lines and a central valve link the diagonally opposed pairs of shock absorbers. When cornering at speed, the valves regulate the oil flow in the shock absorber of the spring-deflected front wheel at the outside of the curve, which helps reduces pitch and roll movement, and improves handling.
Drivers can customize their driving experience through the standard Audi drive select system, which offers six drive modes: comfort, auto, dynamic, efficiency and the individually configurable RS-specific RS1 and RS2 modes, which can be activated directly using the “RS MODE” steering wheel button. The Audi drive select setting influences the engine and transmission management, the power steering, the suspension, the dynamic all-wheel steering, the quattro sport differential and the engine sound. The RS2 mode exists specifically to influence the Electronic Stabilization Control (ESC) directly at the push of a button.
The exterior design of the all-new RS 6 Avant is made solely of RS-specific parts. The body, which has been widened around 1.6 inches (40 mm) on each side with broad flared wheel arches, underscores the athleticism of the high-performance Avant. The characteristic Avant silhouette dominates the side profile, elongated front section, long, straight roofline and flat D pillars.
The Audi RS 6 Avant will arrive in the U.S. in 2020.