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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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Comments (17)

 adz911 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.
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April 18, 2012 4:45 am
 PAA 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.
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April 18, 2012 1:32 am
 tumbo tumbo
Monster! Bring it on! Cant wait. Hoping for a sedan version, as well as avant.
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April 17, 2012 11:42 am
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Trrue potental, this will resault in some very interesting comparisons with the new bread of super saloons that is coming out.
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April 17, 2012 11:35 am
 4everRS 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?
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April 17, 2012 10:48 am
 Ratt 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.
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April 17, 2012 10:26 am