- "We have no plans for that vehicle," says an Audi of America spokesman of the redesigned RS 6 Avant.
- The new RS 6 Avant swaps its predecessor's naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V10 for a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8.
- The latest edition is faster — and more frugal.
INGOLSTADT, Germany — Audi AG has released the first images and details of its redesigned RS 6 Avant, but a company spokesman says the high-performance wagon won't be coming to the U.S.
"We have no plans for that vehicle," said Audi of America spokesman Andrew Lipman in an e-mail response to an Edmunds query.
Europeans, however, will soon be able to experience the additional muscle and reduced fuel consumption of the latest RS 6 Avant, which goes on sale next spring in Germany and next summer in the U.K., where prices will start from around $124,000, Audi said.
The new RS 6 Avant swaps its predecessor's naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V10 for a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 — a version of the same engine that powers the Bentley Continental GT — rated at 553 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. The redesigned model is also 220 pounds lighter, resulting in 0-62 mph acceleration in just 3.9 seconds.
The standard RS 6 Avant has top speed electronically limited to 155 mph, which increases to 174 mph with the optional Dynamic package and 190 mph with the Dynamic Plus package.
The twin-turbo V8 is fitted with automatic stop-start and a cylinder-cutoff system, as well as an eight-speed tiptronic with paddle shifters. The combination enables the new RS 6 Avant to return an average 24 mpg on the European driving cycle.
Standard features include permanent all-wheel drive, adaptive air suspension and 20-inch forged alloy wheels. Among the options are Sport Suspension Plus with dynamic ride control, dynamic steering, ceramic-carbon-fiber brakes and 21-inch cast alloy wheels.
Audi offers the RS 6 Avant with a choice of matte aluminum or carbon appearance packages. On the standard equipment list are white-face gauges, flat-bottom three-spoke multifunction steering wheel, quilted leather and Alcantara sport seats and aluminum-look pedals.
Customers can also order a head-up display, high-performance driver assistance systems and a 1,200-watt Bang & Olufsen audio system with 15 speakers.
Edmunds says: One blindingly fast family hauler.