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2014 Audi RS 6 Avant on sale in Australia in November

April 11, 2013

Audi Australia will launch the new 2014 Audi RS 6 Avant in November this year, rivalling the likes of the BMW M5 and the Mercedes-Benz E 63 AMG. The new model comes with a turbocharged V8, as opposed to the predecessor which featured a twin-turbo V10.

Using the Audi’s new 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8, also seen in the S7 and Bentley Continental V8, quattro GmbH engineers – the team behind all RS models – have managed to boost output up to 412kW of power and 700Nm of torque.

Matched up to an eight-speed automatic transmission and a quattro all-wheel drive system, the new RS 6 Avant is able to cover 0-100km/h in just 3.9 seconds. This will make it one of the very quickest Audis to ever hit the market.

Being an ‘Avant’ wagon variant, the RS 6 can be described as a practical supercar. It offers the same sort of accommodation and cargo space as the regular A6 Avant – 565 litres – only the seats are much more sporty bucket-style items. There’s also various ‘RS’ trimmings throughout, including a sports steering wheel.

Although prices haven’t been officially announced, Audi Australia has said “it is expected to debut around $230,000” (excluding on-road costs). This would put it exactly up against the BMW M5 in terms of price, and around $20,000 cheaper than the E 63 AMG.

The car will be one of many new performance models that will debut this year. Audi Australia’s managing director Andrew Doyle recently said,

“Without a doubt, 2013 is a year when Audi will introduce a host of extreme performance vehicles to the Australian market. In addition to our RS 4 Avant, TT RS plus and R8, we will also be bringing the all new RS 5 Cabriolet in July.”

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.