All-new RS6 Avant
The all-new RS6 Avant gains more power from a V8 twin-turbo TFSI and adds MHEV drive and fully digital cabin integrating MMI touch response. With 600PS and 80Nm of torque, the new RS6 Avant can go from 0 to 62 miles per hour in just 3.6 seconds!
The fourth-generation high performance Avant will be available to order in the UK from November 2019 and is due to be delivered to first customers in January 2020.
Bristling with the technological accomplishments already delivered by the new A6 Avant, the latest addition to the Audi Sport fold combines formidable twin-turbo eight-cylinder TFSI power with state-of-the-art efficiency features including mild hybrid drive and cylinder-on-demand technology, helping to deliver epic performance as responsibly as possible.
“Throughout our 25-year RS history, the Audi RS6 Avant is one of our absolute icons with a large global fan base”, says Oliver Hoffman, Managing Director of Audi Sport GmbH.
Exterior design: broad and powerful
The exterior of the RS6 Avant comprises exclusively RS-specific parts, with the exception of the front doors, rood and tailgate, and to look at the car at rest on its sizeable 21-inch wheels shrouded by broad flared arches that expand its width by 40mm on each side, this is immediately evident.
The new RS6 Avant is one of the first Audi Sport models to feature the new RS design language. In addition to a new bonnet with powerdome, it also adopts the front headlights from the A7 model line which are not only slimmer and more sporting in style but also offer the RS Matrix LED laser headlight with darkened trims as an additional USP of the RS6 Avant in the A6 family. Similar to the LED rear lights, they feature a dynamic indicator along with RS-specific sequencing when the vehicle is locked and unlocked.
The three-dimensional honeycomb structure within the Singleframe grille is finished in gloss black, and its surround ad the quattro logo in the bumper have been removed in this latest incarnation of the design. Below the standard LED headlights, side air inlets open on the strikingly dawn new RS bumper and extend almost into the lower edge of the headlights. The designers have taken their cue for this application from the front-end of the Audi R8 supercar.
The characteristic Avant silhouette dominates in the side view – elongated front section, long, straight roofline and flat D pillars, which rest on the quattro blisters. RS-specific sills with black inserts also add emphasis to the flanks. The dynamic rear-end consists of the roof edge spoiler and an RS-specific bumper with rear diffuser and design elements in gloss black. In hallmark RS style, the RS exhaust system glows on both sides into oval chrome-coloured tailpipes.
Engine: supreme power package.
The 4.0 TFSI in the new Audi RS6 Avant delivers 600PS and 800 Nm of torque, which is maintained at this high level between 2,050 and 4,500 rpm. In just 3.6 seconds the high-performance Avant sprints from 0 to 62 mph, and where conditions permit the driver can see 124mph by the time 12 seconds have elapsed. Top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph.
Thanks to the 48-volt main electrical system with twin-tubro V8 combines maximum performance with high efficiency. A belt alternator starter lies at the heart of the mild hybrid system (MHEV). Up to 12 kW of power can be recovered during light deceleration and stored in a separate lithium-ion battery. If the driver lifts off the accelerator at a speed of between 34 and 99mph, the drive management selects one of the two options: depending on the driving situation and setting in the standard Audi drive select dynamic driving system the new RS6 Avant recovers energy or coasts for up to 40 seconds with the engine switched off. Re-applying pressure on the accelerator instructs the belt alternator starter to restart the engine. MHEV technology allows for start/stop operation at speeds of up to 12mph. Fuel savings of up to 0.8 litres per 100 kilometres are possible in everyday driving.
For all its efficiency the 4.0 TFSI remains a thoroughbred V8 in terms of character and sound. The driver can influence that sound using the Audi drive select system. In the new, customisable RS1 and RS2 modes accessible via Audi drive select, customers decide themselves whether the sound should be full-blooded or balanced.
The standard eight-speed tiptronic with optimised shift times and a new Launch Control function transmits the power of the 4.0 TFSI to the quattro permanent all-wheel drive. The drive forces are distributed to the front and rear axle in a ratio of 40:60 via the all-mechanical with the better traction. Up to 70 percent can be channelled to the front wheels and up to 85 percent to the rear wheels.
The wheel-selective torque control optimises the agile and safe handling of the new RS6 Avant – it brakes the wheels with reduces load on the inside of a bend slightly before they can begin to spin. The quattro sport differential shifts the drive torque when cornering at speed as required between the rear wheels, thus improving traction, stability and dynamics.
Suspension: even more agile.
In the new RS6 Avant the front and rear axles use a five-link design to handle the induced longitudinal and transverse forces separately. The linkages and the subframes are made largely of aluminium. The track width is 1,668 millimetres at the front and 1,651 millimetres at the rear.
The body of the new RS6 Avant is 20 millimetres lower than in the Audi A6 Avant with standard suspension; at speeds of 74mph and above, it is lowered by another 10 millimetres. At the other end of the scale, a lift mode is available to raise the vehicle by 20 millimetres for low speed driving. The very wide spread of the RS sport air suspension offers the driver a free choice between long-distance comfort and maximum performance.
The new RS6 Avant features progressive steering with its direct ratio as standard. The system develops significantly higher return forces with increasing steering angle for precise steering feedback. Its newly developed power assistance directly connects the driver to the road.
The driver can change the character of the RS6 Avant using the Audi drive select dynamic handling system. Six profiles are available: comfort, auto, dynamic, efficiency, and the individually configurable RS specific RS1 and RS2 modes., which can also be activated directly using the ‘RS MODE’ steering wheel button. The automatically opens the RS-specific displays in the Audi virtual cockpit. The Audi drive select dynamic handling system influences the engine and transmission management, the power steering, the suspension, the dynamic all-wheel steering, the quattro sport differential, the engine sound and the characteristics of the automatic air conditioning. The RS2 mode exists specifically to influence the Electronic Stabilisation Control (ESC) directly at the push of a button.
The new RS6 Avant is fitted standard with 21-inch cast aluminium wheels in 10-spoke star design, which are shod with 275/35 size tyres. An RS-specific wheel in 22-inch 5-V-spoke trapezoid design with 285/30 tires will be available on the Vorsprung specification. The newly developed RS ceramic brake system weighs around 34 kilograms less than its steel counterpart, thus reducing unsprang masses. The ESC features a sport mode or can be switched off entirely.
Interior: sporty and variable.
The pioneering interior design accentuates the character of the new RS6 Avant with its driver orientation and inlays in matt brushed dark aluminium. With its horizontal alignment and its tiered, three-dimensional structure, the instrument panel appears light and sleek. The user interface of all-digital operating system harmonises with the clear black-panel architecture.
In the Audi virtual cockpit, special RS displays provide information on tyre pressure, torque, power output, engine oil temperature, boost pressure, lap times, acceleration measurements and g forces. The shift light display prompts the driver to upshift when the maximum engine speed is reached.
The fully perforated and flat-bottomed sport leather steering wheel features new large RS shift paddles made of aluminium and multifunction buttons that allow the driver to also directly select the new Audi drive select RS1 and RS2 modes. RS and RS6 logos adorn the interior on the steering wheel, seats and the illuminated front door sill trims. The Audi Sport emblem is projected onto the road when the front or rear doors are opened.
The RS sport seats come in perforated Valcona leather with honeycomb pattern and RS embossing. Their perforation also allows ventilation for the first time.
The new RS6 Avant is even roomier inside. The luggage compartment has a capacity of between 565 and 1,680 litres, and the loading width between the wheel arches is now 1.05 metres, 14 millimetres larger than the previous model. The split-folding rear seat bench in the ratio 40:20:40 can be released and folded conveniently from the luggage compartment – the luggage compartment length has grown to 1.99 metres as a result. A power tailgate and luggage compartment cover are standard. In combination with the optional convenience key, sensor control allows the tailgate to be opened with a foot gesture. The optional swivelling trailer towing hitch features an electric release function. Also available as an option is the camera-based trailer assist, which helps the driver when reversing and manoeuvring with a trailer.
Infotainment, assist systems, colours and materials.
The paint range of the new Audi RS6 Avant includes thirteen colours, including the two RS-specific colours Nardo grey and Sebring black, crystal effect along with a choice of five matt effect paint finishes. The Audi exclusive range offers numerous customisation options.