FRANKFURT, GERMANY—Although the station wagon just isn’t fairly extinct, there isn’t a denying that it belongs on an endangered species checklist. People simply do not buy them anymore—particularly within the US, the place patrons have voted with their wallets for the upper seating place and compromised dynamic potential of the crossover. Which makes Audi’s choice to lastly carry its spicy RS6 Avant wagon to the US all of the extra outstanding. Truth be instructed, the information that one of many quickest wagons was US-bound really slipped out of Audi HQ a little bit below a month in the past, and for the reason that mannequin was on show at this 12 months’s Frankfurt auto present, it appeared clever to go take a better look.
The RS6 is a product of Audi Sport, the corporate’s racing arm. Audi Sport takes the corporate’s track-honed data and likewise applies it to variants of the model’s extra mundane fashions. More usually than not, this ends in some actually elegant vehicles that defy Audi’s conventional repute for constructing enticing automobiles that simply aren’t enjoyable to drive; evaluate a TT to a TT-RS for vivid proof of this. And for 25 years, the RS6 has been the tip of Audi Sport’s spear relating to transporting 4 individuals and plenty of their baggage (or two individuals and much more stuff) as quick as attainable throughout Europe, whatever the climate.
Here within the US we have needed to accept the RS6’s intently associated sibling, the RS7—if one can describe my all-time favourite Audi mannequin as one thing one should “settle for.” Now, although, well-heeled Audi clients may have a dilemma on their fingers: beginning subsequent 12 months, they are going to have the choice to purchase both one.
It would not take way more than a look to inform an RS6 from lesser A6 Avants. Up entrance is a much more aggressive facia, shared with the just-announced second-generation RS7 Sportback (a automobile we’ll have extra information about very quickly, together with a primary drive report on September 25). From the edges, there is no mistaking the a lot wider observe—1.6 inches/40mm wider than the bottom mannequin—shrouded by wider physique panels alongside the edges. The wheels additionally give the sport away—enormous 22s that enable for some frankly huge brakes that up entrance are greater than the precise wheels of both of my final two automobiles (17.three inches/440mm, with 10-piston calipers).
But it is below the pores and skin the place the actual Audi Sport magic occurs. The engine is a 4.0L twin-turbo V8, which shares an engine block and some different ins and outs with the one you discover powering a Porsche Panamera Turbo, though a lot of the remaining is bespoke to Audi. It places out 591hp (441kW) and 590lb-ft (800Nm) and features a 48V gentle hybrid system. All that energy and torque is distributed to the wheels by way of an eight-speed ZF 8HP computerized transmission. The automobile has all-wheel drive in line with Audi’s core ideas, and the rear axle makes use of that intelligent GKN twin-clutch torque-vectoring rear differential that you would be able to additionally discover in such numerous locations because the Ford Focus RS and Cadillac XT6.
Pricing for the RS6 ought to be introduced nearer to the automobile’s arrival in 2020, and do not count on it to be low-cost. But for those who’re a kind of individuals who was begging Audi to carry this little crimson wagon over right here, quickly it will be time to place your cash the place your mouth is.
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