In what is turning out to be a bumper year for the Audi brand, at least as far as new product is concerned, the company has finally announced the arrival of its latest uber wagon, namely the RS 6 Avant. With less than a handful of direct rivals, the car has been class-leading for over a decade now, and looks to keep its position as favourite super wagon. In fact, in Mzansi it’s the only wagon we like.

As in its predecessor, inside the new RS 6 Avant lies a twin turbo 4.0-litre V8 petrol engine pushing out 441kW of power and 800Nm of torque. It is paired to an 8-speed automatic gearbox with a quattro all-wheel-drive (AWD) system that sends power and torque back and forth between the two axles in just milliseconds.

According to Audi’s own numbers, the car will rush from standstill to 100km/h in just 3.6 seconds, reaching a limited top speed of 250km/h. While these are very impressive figures indeed, they are only marginally quicker than the previous-generation’s and slower (at least on paper), than direct competitors’. Perhaps the real-world results will be different, as has been common cause when it comes to Audi products.

The car’s interior is well-appointed, with a similar dashboard setup as the impressive new Q8. Three screens, including a 31.2cm Virtual Cockpit digital instrument cluster, a 25.6cm touch screen for the MMI infotainment system and a 21.8cm lower display centre. RS sports leather seats with embossed chain design, a multifunction, perforated steering wheel and Alcantara/ leather combinations are just some of the features. The rear seats can take up to three passengers.

Audi has installed an RS sport suspension with Dynamic Ride Control. It is an adaptive air suspension with 6 drive modes, including Comfort, Auto, Dynamic and RS individual ones.

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