Our exclusive render previews the new Audi RS6, which will pack a twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 with more than 600hp. Here is everything you need to know.
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With a new Mercedes E63 on sale and the latest version of the BMW M5 in showrooms, Audi is just weeks away from revealing an alternative to both – the new 2020 Audi RS6 Avant.
New 2020 Audi RS6 Avant price and release date
You can expect to see the new Audi RS6 Avant a few days before its public unveiling at the Frankfurt motor show in September 2019. The car will go on sale in 2020 with a starting price of around £85,000, although that will rise to more than £100,000 if you include a few options. The Audi is an alternative to models such as the £85,000 Mercedes E63 and £90,000 BMW M5.
New 2020 Audi RS6 Avant styling
As you can see from our exclusive render, the new 2020 Audi RS6 Avant will look aggressive and menacing… while remaining subtle enough to appeal to you if you have more conservative tastes and have £100,000 to spill on a fast estate.
At the front, that RS treatment in our render is comprised of a honeycomb grille finished in black, complete with a tiny RS6 badge. Meanwhile, the lower bumper gets huge vents – to cool the RS6’s uprated brakes – and a large ‘quattro’ badge as a not-so-subtle hint to the fact that the RS6 will have Audi’s famous four-wheel-drive system.
There are more quattro cues around the sides of the car. There you can see the RS6’s blistered wheel arches, which accommodate alloy wheels up to 20 inches in size. They also leave space for Audi’s optional carbon ceramic brakes. The look will be completed at the rear with a splitter and a pair of exhaust pipes large enough to go caving in.
New 2020 Audi RS6 Avant specs
The 2020 Audi RS6 Avant gets the same twin-turbocharged, 4.0-litre V8 – which is already used in the Porsche Panamera – in combination with an eight-speed, dual-clutch automatic gearbox.
The RS6 Avant’s engine is expected to be tuned to more than 600hp, with 800Nm of torque – enough to rocket the huge estate from 0-60mph in a shade over three seconds. This is accompanied by a thundering exhaust note best sampled by watching the spy video above. The RS6 will be limited to a top speed of 155mph, although Audi will likely offer you the opportunity to lift the limiter to 174mph (and charge you extra for the privilege).
Performance like that will allow the RS6 to compete with alternatives such as the BMW M5 (which has 600hp and goes from 0-60mph in 3.4 seconds) and the Mercedes E63 (571hp; 0-60mph in 3.6 seconds). As before, Audi is set to offer you an even more powerful version, called the RS6 Performance – the manufacturer’s answer to the BMW M5 Competition and Mercedes E63 S – with around 650hp.
With power like that, it’s good to know that the RS6 will come as standard with four-wheel drive, which will make the car’s colossal force surprisingly easy to handle – even in the wet. You’ll be able to adjust it for wet, fast-road and track driving using Audi’s Drift Select, with an electronically controlled rear differential allowing for smoky burnouts if you do get to hammer the car on a circuit.
To ensure it’s just the tyres that are smoking – and not your brakes – your RS6 will come with huge brake discs and calipers as standard, along with the option to upgrade to carbon ceramic discs that resist fading. Other options will include adjustable dampers, a louder sports exhaust and active steering that will make the car more agile at speed and more manoeuvrable in town.
What you won’t have to pay extra for is practicality, making the ballistic RS6 an excellent family car. It will have loads of room in the back for four and a large boot that should make the family pooch think all its Christmases have come at once.
It won’t just be the dog having a good time, either. You’ll be pretty happy, too, since the RS6 will come as standard with a pair of body-hugging front sports seats and a sports steering wheel. Aluminium trim pieces will give it a racier feel than a standard A6 and you’ll be able to pay extra for pretty carbon fibre trims. Another feature unique to the RS6 will be an array of sporty readouts on the car’s huge infotainment screens.
We’re expecting an official announcement on the new 2020 Audi RS6 in the coming months. Bookmark this page to read all the info, when we have it.