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New Audi RS6 Avant first spy photos at Nurburgring

 New Audi RS6 Avant first spy photos at Nurburgring
New Audi RS6 Avant first spy photos at Nurburgring 17.04.2012

The daily commuting vehicle of supercar owners typically has to satisfy several criteria. In order of importance first, it must have near supercar performance combined with tastefully restrained sport styling, top quality interior and the ultility of a wagon or SUV. Audi answers this exclusive niche with their Audi RS6 Avant.

With the all-new generation Audi A6 released almost a year and a half ago, Audi has accelerated the launch of their next RS model to compete with its Bavarian mid-size rival, the recently launched BMW (F10) M5. As a result, spy photographers have caught a camouflaged Audi RS6 Avant prototype testing for the first time at the famous Nürburgring.

Sporting its characteristic dual oval exhaust tips, reports place the same 4.0 liter twin-turbo V8 shared with Bentley in the super sport wagon. The unit will be configured to deliver 580 PS (427 kW / 572 bhp) to keep the model competitive with its BMW arch-rival that comes with 560 PS (412 kW / 552 hp).

The Audi RS6 Avant is expected to debut in Europe at the end of this year as a 2013 model and possibly 2014 for the US. This is pure speculation at this point, but with the recent introductions of the TT-RS and RS5 models to North American, the prospect of the RS6 sedan making it there is quite good.

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adz911
I have a bit of a soft spot for the RS6. Looks, power and AWD are all very appealing, but it always lacked something next to the M5, which essentially can be boiled down to handling finesse. In essence, what I am trying to say is the AMG Mercs are for lunatics, BMW M series are for people who appreciate handling, and Audi's RS range are for people who are willing to sacrifice that 5% handling prowess in order to have the consummate all rounder.
Apr 18, 2012 4:45 am
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PAA
Audis are clear designed, quality and class cars. I will never buy one while they retain the same design across their range for generation after generation. It looks boring.
Apr 18, 2012 1:32 am
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LWE7
Maybe boring, but timeless too, look at some BMW, they look weird now. But when you look at an 16 years old Audi A6 : http://www.drivepad.fr/images/photos/p0002806.jpg?1311166216 It still looks good.
Apr 18, 2012 4:42 pm
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PAA
Partly agree but I never keep my cars for 16 years so I wouldn't make a purchase on that logic. I want something exciting today and while the car is in its current generation. So instead for an A3 which looks degradingly nice over the last 12 years I would go for a Scirocco or a GTC/OPC which are great looking and great driving cars. Of course I don't expect to convince you as the Audi logo next to your name shows you are too loyal to the brand to choose something else.
Apr 19, 2012 12:09 am
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tumbo
Monster! Bring it on! Cant wait. Hoping for a sedan version, as well as avant.
Apr 17, 2012 11:42 am
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bmwfordrivetrain_porscheforchassis_rangeroverforinteriors
Trrue potental, this will resault in some very interesting comparisons with the new bread of super saloons that is coming out.
Apr 17, 2012 11:35 am
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4everRS
As an owner of a 2003 RS6, I am very biased. I love this car. Understated as it should be. I have had confirmation from a audi marketing guy in Germany that this RS6 will come to the US. What has not been confirmed is if the Avant will. I want it. But I doubt it will happen. Really glad they went back to the TT V8. What I need to get from this car now is a reason to buy this over an S6. If you can tune the S6 to this power level, why not save the likely 25k markup the RS6 will bring?
Apr 17, 2012 10:48 am
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Ratt
Audi RS6 is a very good car, but it needs much more years of development and testing if they want to compete with the BMW M5, on the paper numbers are promising but track is something else, coz for now M5 is simply too good.
Apr 17, 2012 10:26 am
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4everRS
The M5 is a fantastic machine no doubt. While these large super sedans are fun to bring to the track here and there, they are no "track" car. They are for everyday commuting, with the ability to blow the doors off a vette. In a northern climate where I live, or anywhere that sees significant rainfall, the RS6 takes it all day. This is real world. The track is not. If the M5 came with an equally impressive AWD system, it couldn't be argued against.
Apr 17, 2012 10:54 am
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TheAntichrist
Old gen Audi RS6 C6 wins BMWs M5 E60 every categorys. So i think this new gen RS6 wins new M5 every categorys. But will see what happend, and we wait a sedan too.. New generation A6 looks so awesome on the street, new RS6 looks much better. And big heavy RS-series are not good in the tracks, only the straight line speeds.
Apr 17, 2012 11:16 am
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Alkke
Do you have any fact based source or just your own "Audi fanboy" statments...
Apr 17, 2012 11:56 am
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TheAntichrist
@Alkke. Sure i do have fact...http://fastestlaps.com/comparisons/bmw_m5_e60-vs-audi_rs6_c6.html...Here is more..http://fastestlaps.com/comparisons/audi_rs6_avant_c6-vs-bmw_m5_touring.html...Here is more...http://fastestlaps.com/comparisons/bmw_m5_e60-vs-audi_rs6_avant_c6.html..But will see what happend..
Apr 17, 2012 12:07 pm
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thamzn
You make good points with valid links. One thing though; it seems there are 53kW (72 PS) between these two cars, resulting in a faster straight line speed for RS 6 Avant.
Apr 17, 2012 12:40 pm
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TheAntichrist
@thamzn..Yep, that is true, RS6 C6 has more power than M5 E60. But if Audi or carmagazines says, RS6 C6 is M5 E60 rival, than it is. New gen RS6 is a new M5 F10s rival.
Apr 17, 2012 12:49 pm
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Alkke
I did not doubt that it is faster, its quite easy to make a just a faster car... I mean you were pretty confident there with the rs6 being better in every category; sure its faster and a better "everyday car".. But there's one thing about M GmbH cars, it's the way they make you feel, the way they tingle your senses, it's something magical about it, something that the RS cars never have had, and that's the reason they have to make them faster: to be able to compete with the M cars. Sure the newer the car it will always be faster, but there is this real racing pedigree missing from the RS cars that you can feel in the M cars.
Apr 18, 2012 3:38 am
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Alkke
And that's why I would chose M over RS, because fun is not all about speed, take both of them to a track and I'll bet you you would have more fun in the M5, M3, M6 or 1M coupe than in any RS car.
Apr 18, 2012 3:43 am
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TheAntichrist
@Alkke..That why i chose RS, because i dont like drive cars on the tracks. Its boring.
Apr 18, 2012 5:29 am
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