MOTOR’s editor, Ray Leathern, is on the frontlines, bringing you the reveals that matter from this year’s IAA motor show in Frankfurt. Meet the new Audi RS 6 Avant.
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Revealed in the build up to the 2019 IAA show, and shown for the first time in the metal at Messe Frankfurt, the Audi RS 6 Avant is a recipe that needs no messing with from Audi Sport. The big estate/station wagon with near-supercar performance and the all-weather practicality of an SUV is into its fourth generation (codenamed C8) now, but was hardly an exercise in cut and paste from its predecessor.
Rumours of it packing a turbo-diesel or plug-in hybrid drivetrain were unfounded as it turns out, with Audi Sport confirming it will retain the twin-turbo 4.0-litre petrol V8 of before, simply pushing more boost. 3mm-larger turbochargers running 0.25 bar additional boost helps increase output by 30 kW and 100 Nm, bringing the magic numbers to 442 kW and 800 Nm.
The heavyweight 8-speed ZF transmission and quattro all-wheel-drive system should have no issue putting all that oomph to the ground. 0-100 km/h happens in 3.6 sec and the Dynamic Package Plus unlocks a derestricted top speed of 300 km/h +. Not too shabby for a car that’s 140 kg heavier than before, now tipping the scales at 2 100 kg.
Featuring a new 48v mild-hybrid system, the super estate can now coast up to speeds of 160 km/h with the engine deactivated. That, combined with cylinder on-demand technology, should result in impressive fuel economy for its size and power, although Audi Sport is yet to release those figures.
Due on sale early 2020, can you have it in a sedan? Of course not, the RS 6 is an estate all the way, in true Audi Sport tradition.
With the same incredible ingredients as the RS6 Avant the flagship of the Audi A7 Sportback, the RS7 has made its debut too. It’s lower and wider than the standard car and motoring influencer Shmee has already driven this beast in Cape Town no less.
The latest RS7 Sportback may not be as practical as its RS6 sibling but it’s still set to face some serious competition from BMW and Mercedes-AMG. With 442 kW and 800 Nm this should be fast the German 5-door coupe to beat.