Sporty wagons aren’t dead yet.
Today is a happy day, folks. Not just happy — we all in the TFL office shouted with joy upon learning that the 2020 Audi RS6 Avant is coming to America. Why are we so excited over a wagon? Those of you in Europe who have always had access to the RS6 Avant understand it in a way many Americans don’t. This isn’t just any wagon, but rather a wagon with 591 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque. That’s according to European figures, so it may be slightly different in the U.S. release.
Audi claims the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 has enough grunt to haul the RS6 Avant to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds. It’s electronically limited to 155 mph, though it’s capable of much, much faster than that. Audi has not announced formal pricing yet, instead just confirming the news that it’s coming. And they know how big a deal this is to enthusiasts as well. It does explain this tweet from back in March, as Jalopnik pointed out:
Dammit Audi, you could have just given us the RS6 Avant sooner, you know. Sure, its arrival feels cathartic today, but it does give us pause to reflect on why we haven’t had Audi’s fast wagon on our shores lo these many years.
While the RS6 Avant has been absent from the U.S. market, we have had a fast wagon with nuclear firepower in the form of the Mercedes-AMG E63 S. That wagon makes 603 horsepower and can rocket your entire family to 60 mph in a claimed 3.4 seconds. Mind you, it does command a hefty six-figure price tag.
Check out more photos of the 2020 Audi RS6 Avant below: