Well chalk this up as something unexpected. Audi has confirmed plans to bring the 2020 RS 6 Avant to the United States. In case you’re not already aware, Avant means wagon. Oh, and this wagon has 591 horsepower under the hood.
News the 2020 RS 6 Avant is coming stateside isn’t just unexpected, it’s shocking. Wagons notoriously do not sell well in the U.S. and a wagon with this kind of power is most certainly a niche product at best. Nonetheless, this stunning beauty will grace our shores with its angular face and aggressive body kit.
Audi says the 2020 RS 6 Avant is powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 that will generate 591 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque that will flow through an eight-speed automatic. That power will then be sent to a specifically-tuned Quattro all-wheel-drive system that will have a 40/60 torque split by default. That said, under aggressive driving up to 85 percent of the torque will go to the back.
This isn’t just a beefy V-8 engine. The RS 6 is equipped with a 48-volt mild hybrid system that enables a start/stop system. The start/stop functionality works in tandem with a cylinder deactivation system within the engine that will shut down some of the cylinders during light loads.
Audi says the powertrain will send the RS 6 from zero to 60 mph in about 3.6 seconds. Not bad for a family truckster.
Resting behind the massive 22-inch wheels is a choice of two different suspension systems. The base suspension will be an air suspension system that is firmer and lower than the base A6. An optional setup will include steel springs and a central tube system that will adjust oil levels to each individual tube. Audi says the fancier setup will reduce body roll and provide improved handling.
Inside buyers will be met with a unique flat-bottom steering wheel and sport seats. Audi has also coded unique gauge cluster views on the Audi Virtual Cockpit system exclusively for RS 6.
The 2020 Audi RS 6 Avant will arrive in the United States in 2020. Don’t expect to see any sitting on dealership lots as Audi has confirmed the car will be a custom order-only vehicle.