For far too long the US market has been on the sidelines while Europe enjoyed the best of Audi’s wagon offerings. Now, Audi is set to bring their hotrod wagon, the 2020 RS 6 Avant to the US, debuting the sporty wagon at the LA Auto Show. While official US specs have yet to be released, we know that the RS 6 will feature a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that should produce some 600 horsepower and 590 lb.-ft. of torque. Expect a top speed of over 155 mph and zero to 60 mph runs in just 3.5 seconds. Handling is expected to be razor sharp with Audi’s RS Sport suspension featuring Dynamic Ride Control.
Drivers can customize their driving experience through the standard Audi drive select system, which offers six drive modes: comfort, auto, dynamic, efficiency and the individually configurable RS-specific RS1 and RS2 modes, which can be activated directly using the “RS MODE” steering wheel button. The Audi drive select setting influences the engine and transmission management, the power steering, the suspension, the dynamic all-wheel steering, the quattro sport differential and the engine sound. The RS2 mode exists specifically to influence the Electronic Stabilization Control (ESC) directly at the push of a button.
Inside, the RS 6 Avant will surely impress with its new MMI Touch Response system and black panel design. With seating for five plus plenty of room in the cargo area to swallow all your gear for a family road trip, the RS 6 Avant is a perfectly rational new car purchase for the family, at least that’s what you can tell your spouse. Look for the RS 6 to arrive at Audi dealers by the beginning of the new year with a price expected to be around $100,000.