If you saw my article regarding the speculation of the Audi RS6 making it’s way to the U.S., you will know where this is going. If you didn’t, the infamous Audi sports wagon is scheduled to be on the U.S. market for 2020. I’ll save the rant about how much I love sports wagons, especially the European makes. I will say they are the best mix of horsepower, ergonomic, practicality, fun, and performance out of any vehicles on the market. Crossovers and small SUVs with performance engines are great but sports wagons offer better aerodynamics and stability as they are lower to the ground. They also offer AWD to compensate for their low sitting stature which makes them just as capable in poor weather as their crossover counterparts.
The 2020 Audi RS6 Avant features a 4.0L v8 twin-turbo engine. This engine outputs 592 horsepower, 590 torque, and a 8-speed automatic transmission. In comparison to its counterparts(AMG e 63 & Porshe Panamera Sports Turismo) the Audi is the only one with a traditional torque converter automatic. The 0-62 time for the Audi is 3.6 seconds, the vehicle uses all four wheels for traction using its Quattro AWD technology. As mentioned in my other post the Audi Avant features smart technology on the dash offering navigation and space-ship like gauges. The Avant tops out at 155 mph on its standard model, 174 on its dynamic model, and 190 on its dynamic plus model. Keep in mind the dynamic models simply tweaks the governors setting. If you haven’t figured out by now, this is one quick/fast monster which offers other capabilities such as taking the family on a road trip. It has been nicknamed the “Autobahn Killer” or “Darth Vader” by car enthusiasts.
Competitors include the Mercedes e63s wagon and the Porshe Panamera Turbo Sports Turismo. The BMW 3-Series wagon is similar in style but not comparable as far as performance.
Mercedes E63S Wagon(2019)-4.0L V-8 Twin Turbo; 603 HP, 627 Torque, 9-Speed MCT- 0-60= 3.4 Seconds(company reported time) & 11.2 seconds 1/4 mile(motor trend reported time) -108,850 USD
Porshe Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo(2019)-4.0L V-8 Twin Turbo; 550 Hp, 567 Torque, 8-speed PDK- 0-60 3.5 seconds(company reported time) 188 mph top track speed- 155,500 USD
Hey I love all of these cars, and I would take any given the chance. With that said my heart has always been with Mercedes AMG models regardless of their reportedly weak transmissions. The Mercedes is the cheapest, and arguably quickest, off all three models. With that said the Audi is expected to be priced competitively to the Mercedes AMG E63S; somewhere in the 108,000-115,000 range. I would take the Audi any day of the week, and I love what it is doing for the culture. These wagons(performance or not) need to be made more accessible and popular in the U.S. List your thoughts below.