Audi’s all-new 2020 RS6 Avant will soon enough hit the roads. Before that happens, however, the German car manufacturer has to make sure that the car is ready to be released, hence the reason it’s getting tested at the Nurburgring.
Spreading noise in rural Germany with the imposingly deep and full sound of its V8 engine, as well as its screeching tires, the forthcoming RS6 Avant was rigorously tested and pushed lap after lap until it got close to its limit. Certainly, there’s no better and more challenging place to do this with the C8 generation than the Nurburgring.
While its predecessors (the C6 and C7 RS6) didn’t hit North America, the C8 might make it to the continent. Officially, it hasn’t been decided yet, but Audi Sport R&D chief Oliver Hoffman recently stated that there’s some demand for powerful wagons in the U.S. market.
The Audi RS6 Avant C8 will arrive with a new, 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that is reportedly capable of producing 650 hp. If the report is to be believed, it would mean a massive improvement over the current RS6’s 552 hp, and it even surpasses the Performance variant’s 597 hp.
When it comes to speed, the outgoing RS6 Avant Performance can sprint from zero to 62 mph in 3.7 seconds and max out at 174 mph, with the additional Dynamic Package. If this is what we get with the C7 model, we expect to see an even wilder successor.
As a comparison, the Mercedes-AMG E63 S Estate is powered by a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 that makes 604 hp. With that output, the car can dash from zero to 62 mph in 3.5 seconds. Add the AMG Driver’s Package and the top speed will increase from 155 mph to 186 mph. Overall, these figures are superior to those of the RS6 Avant, at least until the new generation launches. If it really packs 650 hp, it should be able to give Mercedes a headache.