Audi has a nice surprise for the Americans who are waiting for the 2020 RS6 Avant: the car is coming. Yes, the wagon is really coming to the U.S. – a country where such a type of car actually isn’t popular and much sellable. It’s such exciting news, though. Perhaps we should celebrate the arrival of the RS6 Avant and enjoy its presence wholeheartedly before it’s withdrawn and replaced by some Q model or other.
Powering the super wagon is a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 pumping out 591 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque. For your information, that’s 40 more ponies and 74 more pound-feet than the current RS6 Avant. The engine is paired to an eight-speed Tiptronic transmission and Audi’s Quattro all-wheel drive producing a 40/60 torque delivery in normal driving scenarios. 85% of the engine’s output can be sent rearward.
In addition, the 2020 RS6 Avant is equipped with a 48-volt mild hybrid system that increases efficiency by enhancing the automatic engine stop-start system. There’s also cylinder deactivation that reduces engine capacity when less output is needed. With all this efficiency, the car still has the ability to dash from zero to 60 mph in around 3.6 seconds.
The protruding fenders of the 2020 RS6 Avant shows that it’s wider by 1.6 inches, but it still sports the typical RS style, with a distinctive fascia and menacing rear bumper that houses large oval exhaust tailpipes. Meanwhile, its front doors, tailgate and roof are the same as those seen on the A6 Avant.
Apparently, Audi confident that its 2020 RS6 Avant will be able to tap “into a new market with huge potential and generating further growth,” since it’s one of the company’s “absolute icons with a large global fan base.” The wagon also represents “the next chapter in the highly successful history of Audi Sport.” The 2020 RS6 Avant will hit the U.S. next year, as a custom-ordered car.