591 HP Audi RS 6 Super Wagon Confirmed For 2020

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, Automotive Editor - August 22, 2019

High-performance wagons in the U.S. have all but disappeared. With crossovers and SUVs coming in more flavors than iced coffee, the majority of automakers don’t see a point to even offer wagons anymore, let alone ones with supercar performance. Only two wagons are in the high-performance category in the U.S. at the moment: the Mercedes-AMG E63 S and the Porsche Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo. Well, add one more to that list, as Audi announced a Christmas miracle by announcing the new RS 6 Avant is coming to North America. It marks the return of the RS 6 wagon to the U.S. after 18 years.

Performance for the upcoming RS 6 is staggering. Power comes from a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 that features a 48-volt mild-hybrid system. Total output is rated at 591 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. With an eight-speed Tiptronic transmission, launch control, and quattro all-wheel drive, the RS 6 will sprint to 62 mph in 3.6 seconds. Opt for the Dynamic Package Plus, and top speed for the wagon is rated at 190 mph. The standard model isn’t exactly slow, with a top speed of 155 mph.

With that kind of straight-line speed, stopping the RS 6 falls on to new steel brakes that measure in at a massive 16.5 inches at the front and 14.6 inches at the back. Audi is offering carbon-ceramic brakes as an option that are 17.3 inches in diameter and utilize 10-piston calipers.

Audi RS 6 Avant

Adaptive suspension that was specifically tuned with the RS 6 Avant in mind is also included. A more advanced suspension system with Dynamic Ride Control, which offers three different stages of damping, are available as an option. Beyond the trick suspension system, rear-wheel steering is also being offered on the wagon as an option with the Dynamic and Dynamic Plus packages. Below 60 mph, the system can steer the rear wheels up to 5 degrees in the opposite direction of the front wheels. At speeds of above 60 mph, the rear wheels will turn 2 degrees as the rubber in the front to improve stability.

Performance-wise, the 2020 RS 6 Wagon sounds like a supercar that can seat five comfortably and hold a Costco haul of groceries. But Audi’s modern hotrod of a wagon has some features that were created with fuel efficiency in mind. One, cylinder deactivation allows four of the RS 6’s cylinders to shut down when the motor isn’t being pushed to its limit. Two, the 48-volt system can harvest and store up to 12 kW of energy that provides for stop/start at 14 mph or lower and coasting for up to 40 seconds at speeds between 35 mph and 100 mph.

The last RS 6 Avant the U.S. got came out back in 2002. Unlike the 2020 RS 6 that Audi recently announced, the old model was a much more subdued performance machine. Heck, the new RS 6 wagon only uses three parts – the front doors, the tailgate, and the roof – from the regular A6 Avant. The rest if bespoke to the RS.

Audi hasn’t announced pricing, but the E 63 S Wagon, which is more powerful, slightly quicker to 62 mph, and faster out of the box, starts at $112,745. We expect pricing for the wagon to be in the same ballpark as AMG’s option. The RS 6 Avant will come out in the U.S. in 2020. With sedans that have coupe-like silhouettes becoming more popular, Audi thinks the U.S. market is warming up to the idea of wagons. This fourth-gen RS 6, with its potent performance and villainous looks, is the perfect version to bring over to test its theory.

Audi RS 6 Avant

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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