What is it?
2014 Audi RS 6 Avant
What's special about it?
We've known for three months that the Audi RS 6 Avant isn't coming to the United States, but after seeing it in Geneva, we simply had to ask again: Why wouldn't you be able to sell this 560-horsepower wagon in America?
Of course, the answer was familiar: The sales numbers indicate that Americans wouldn't buy the RS 6 in sufficient quantities to justify the trouble and expense of exporting it here. Nor will there be an RS 6 sedan. But the A7/S7 hatchback sells well enough that Audi made the RS 7 primarily for us Americans. It goes on sale at the end of 2013.
Like the RS 7, the 2014 Audi RS 6 also has a twin-turbocharged and direct-injected 4.0-liter V8 making 560 hp and 516 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission drives all four wheels. Audi says it'll hit 60 mph in just under 4 seconds, with a top speed of almost 190 mph. Variable exhaust baffles should ensure a memorable sound when you plant the throttle. Maybe those noises won't be as sweet as the V10 offered in the previous generation, but time moves on and now even an RS 6 Avant owner expects to get decent fuel mileage.
Edmunds.com says: The 2014 Audi RS 6 was the best-looking station wagon on the show floor.
Engine: Twin-turbocharged and direct-injected 4.0-liter V8
Gearbox: Six-speed automatic
Power: 560 horsepower/516 pound-feet of torque
Cargo Capacity: 59.3 cubic feet
On-Sale Date: December 2013 (Europe only)