The brand new Audi RS 6 Avant will be unveiled this year, possibly at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Until then we can enjoy taking a look at some of the spy shots that have been taken while the car was going around and around the Nurburgring, testing all aspects of handling. Audi is obviously putting some extra effort in that department, given what its fellow German rivals have been doing with their segment cars lately.

The RS 6 Avant is possibly the most desirable station wagon car on the planet. In fact, Audi has owned this space all the way since the RS 2, to such an extent that when Audi SA decided not to bring the current RS 6 into the country, Mzansi buyers protested and demanded the car, but only in Avant form. It subsequently arrived and sold in buckets. So here we are again; four doors, five seats, flat-bottomed steering wheel, a massive boot and two big oval exhaust tailpipes.

What the RS 6 is packing is fairly clear; a twin turbo 4.0-litre V8 petrol engine pushing upwards of 440kW of power, which it sends to all four wheels via the quattro all-wheel-drive (AWD) system. What is a little unclear is if it will use the 48-V mild hybrid system seen in the new diesel S cars to churn out even more power. Also, we don’t know if it will carry a single 8-speed automatic or a double clutch S tronic yet. But such details will be forthcoming fairly soon enough, don’t worry.

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