Audi's fourth-generation RS6 Avant has been revealed and the latest model boasts a mild-hybrid system that works in conjunction with the 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine to deliver 441kW and 800Nm.
Oliver Hoffmann, MD of Audi Sport, says: "Throughout our 25-year RS history, the Audi RS 6 Avant is one of our absolute icons with a large global fan base."
Headed for SA?
Audi South Africa says the model will arrive in the final quarter of 2020 and that the timing is subject to change.
The big news of course is the new engine system, which is a VW-Group derived 4.0-litre V8 twin-turbo engine in combination with a 48-volt main electrical system to produce a maximum of 441kW and 800Nm. An eight-speed automatic transmission is used, and of course Audi's four-wheel drive system is in place.
Zero to 100km/h is a claimed 3.6 seconds while 200km/h will take 12 seconds and the car is governed to a top speed of 250km/h.
It's not all brawn as the new RS6 Avant uses a mild-hybrid system with a belt alternator starter and Audi says up to 12kW of power can be recovered during light deceleration and stored in a separate lithium-ion battery. There's cylinder deactivation too, which at low to intermediate loads and speeds deactivates cylinders 2, 3, 5 and 8 in the high gears by switching off injection and ignition and closing the intake and exhaust vavles.
The powerful-looking wagon has a front track width of 1.66m and 1.65m at the rear. The body of the new RS 6 Avant is 20mm lower than in the Audi A6 Avant with standard suspension; at speeds of 120km/h and above, it is lowered by another 10mm.
There's now an RS mode button on the steering wheel which access six different driving modes, including: comfort, auto, dynamic, efficiency, and the individually configurable RS-specific RS1 and RS2 modes.