2020 Audi RS 6 Avant Review

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2020 Audi RS 6 Avant Overview

High-performance wagons have been few and far between here in the United States. For 2020, though, there’s some good news: Audi is finally bringing the all-new Avant version of the RS 6 to North America for the first time. Based on the same platform as the A6 sedan, the RS 6 Avant joins the Mercedes E 63 AMG and higher-tier Porsche Panamera as one of just a handful of high-performance wagons that American buyers can purchase.

Compared to lesser A6s, the RS 6 Avant is 1.6 inches wider on each side. It also features a roof-edge spoiler, an RS-specific bumper, and dual oval chrome-colored exhaust tips.

Under the hood is a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 good for 591 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. It pairs with an 8-speed Tiptronic transmission. Permanent all-wheel drive (AWD) puts all that grunt to the ground. The RS 6 also comes standard with launch control. The 0-62 mph sprint takes 3.6 seconds, and the RS 6 can reach a top speed electronically limited to 155 mph.

Adaptive air suspension specifically designed for the RS 6 Avant comes standard, and coil springs with adjustable Dynamic Ride Control are also available. Both systems are optimized to reduce body roll and improve handling. Drivers can choose between comfort, auto, dynamic, efficiency, and individually configurable RS1 and RS2 driving modes that adjust powertrain response, power steering, and suspension. Rear-wheel steering and larger 22-inch wheels are optional extras.

The interior of the RS 6 Avant is a typical Audi affair with a high-quality fit and finish. Audi’s new MMI touch response system houses the infotainment functions while two digital displays dominate the center of the dash. The flat-bottom steering wheel and well-bolstered seats hint at the RS 6 Avant’s performance pedigree, while the back seats are spacious enough to comfortably fit adults. The high roof with ample glass should allow for clear all-around visibility. Behind the rear seats, there are 20 cubic feet of storage space available, a number which expands to 59 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. A power tailgate comes standard while a motion-activated feature is optional.

Most of Audi’s active safety features like adaptive cruise control and blind-spot monitoring come standard on the RS 6 Avant. While the car hasn’t been officially crash-tested, the standard A6 has received the highest available Top Safety Pick+ status from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

The 2020 RS 6 Avant is a perfect example of a high-performance station wagon.

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Since 2012, Andrew Newton has been writing about cars both old and new. Andrew has been an associate editor at Sport Car Digest as well as a contributor to sites like BoldRide and JamesEdition. He was also the Education Manager at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline, MA before becoming the Auction Editor at Hagerty Classic Car Insurance. He currently splits his time behind the wheel between his NA Miata, 1994 Corvette, and Triumph TR6.

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