Audi RS6 Avant: Not For U.S.



Audi’s latest round of wagon hotness, the RS6 Avant, bows next week at the Frankfurt auto show. And for those of you viewing from the U.S. , you can put down the drool bibs — Audi doesn’t plan to import a single copy here.


But that shouldn’t prevent you from enjoying the RS6 Avant’s astounding spec sheet, and the included digs at rival German wagons like the C63 AMG from Mercedes. Audi says in its press release that its RS models are the “ultimate in sportiness,” with great design and perfect quality, and that the Avant is “clearly superior to all competitors in the top performance category.” Ahem.


Backing up that claim is a twin-turbocharged V-10 engine, shared loosely with the existing S6 and S8 sedans. The engine throws off 580 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque, available across a wide chunk of the powerband. Coupled to Audi’s six-speed Tiptronic, the RS6 Avant will run to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds, and to a limited top speed of 155 mph.


Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive splits power 40 percent to the front wheels, 60 percent to the back, shifting it around as traction needs change. The RS6’s power steering also has dynamic effort, and even the car’s ride is changeable with the standard Dynamic Ride Control, which uses oil lines and valves to damp out some body motions. The RS6’s stability control has been retuned as well, to offer more latitude with wheelspin, as sporting drivers might want.


Standard gear for the American-avoiding Avant includes 19-inch wheels with steel brake discs. Opt up to 20-inch wheels and ceramic composite brakes can be outfitted to the car for less unsprung weight and snappier brake performance.


And topping off the transition into RS status are cosmetic changes inside and out including a matte grille frame, LED daytime running lights, oval exhaust pipes, and a pearl paint. Alcantara, piano-black, and carbon-fiber trim grace the cabin along with a three-spoke steering wheel and boost-pressure gauge. A Bose sound system, heated seats, tire pressure monitors, and a reverse parking system are also standard.


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