The Audi RS 6, which debuted in 2002, was powered by a dual-turbo version of Audi’s familiar 4.2-liter V8 that was good for 450 hp. Offered as a sedan and a wagon, the high point for the model came in the form of the special limited edition RS 6 Plus, powered by a 480-bhp version of the same drivetrain.
Things have been taken up several notches and an extra two cylinders for the next generation, and Audi has just dropped a handful more photos of its new RS 6 Avant, the V10-powered, twin-turbo, AWD wagon that we’re unlucky enough to be denied. Unlike the 5.2-liter “normal” S6, the RS6 uses a five-liter V10 with dry-sump lubrication, peak power of 580 hp and 479 pound-feet of torque – upping the ante over the BMW M5’s naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V10 by 80 hp and 96 lb-ft. It also outpowers Mercedes-Benz’s E63 AMG by 73 hp and 10 lb-ft. Carbon-ceramic brakes, which seem to be the latest bit of pseudo-track-day-family-car couture, are also available.
Source: Motive Mag