2020 Audi RS6 Avant will be available in the United States, and compete with other supercars
The RS6 uses a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine that turns gasoline directly and compressed air into a 591-hp tidal wave. A standard eight-speed automatic transmission, all-wheel drive, and launch control should make for mind-numbingly consistent hole shots, if not for the face-flattening effect of an estimated 3.4-second launch to 60 mph. Spec the optional carbon-ceramic brake rotors and that charge will continue until 190 mph. With the standard brakes, the governor is set to a still-felonious 155 mph.
The 2008 to 2010 RS6 powered by a 572-hp twin-turbo V-10. The new RS6’s mill lacks the novelty and character of the Gallardo’s but offers the salve of the modern era: more oomph. Output is up just 19 horsepower compared with the V-10’s. However torque stands at 590 lb-ft compared to 479 in the old RS6. Each U.S.-market RS6 will be fitted with Audi’s new 48-volt belt-driven motor-generator, which feeds energy to a dedicated lithium-ion battery under braking and coasting that lets the 4.0-liter beast slumber longer when the car is stopped.
The RS6’s steering is quick and precise. The amount of electric assist and the ratio are adjustable, the helm growing heavier and quicker in the Dynamic driving mode. The surprising thing about this car is that the brake pedals are very sturdy. With little range of motion, it relies more on pressure than position to modulate squeeze on the massive brake rotors.
The RS6 Avant’s Pirelli P Zero PZ4 summer tires start squealing earlier than you might expect. With an optional 285/30R-22 chunk of rubber at each corner (21s are standard), the Avant is resolute about its path through any turn.
Two suspension options are offered to the customer. The base setup uses air springs and passive dampers. The more-expensive Dynamic Ride Control using old-fashioned steel springs and adaptive dampers. The height adjustability and load-leveling capability of the air springs makes that system the better choice for people who will be hauling heavy loads.
The RS6 Avant gets rear-wheel steering that points the rears in the opposite direction of the fronts at low speeds. So the maneuverability is higher and the same direction at high speed to be stable.
Audi’s designers actually mentioned Lamborghini when talking about the RS6’s styling. Only the front doors, roof, and tailgate are shared between the RS and other A6-family Avants, which also ride 0.8 inch higher. The headlights and front recesses are similar to the Audi RS7. The cockpit and rear fenders were enlarged. The ratio of large wheels to the narrow body strip compared to the long roof greenhouse.
The starting price of RS6 could be $ 120,000. The car is highly anticipated at launch as it is capable of working on all vehicles such as convertibles, SUVs, sports cars.