The performance station wagon niche is not a very big one. Fans of the genre had a brief but glorious time with the Cadillac GTS-V Sport Wagon, but it was recently announced that Cadillac would be killing this excellent muscle wagon off, and we’re now down to only one option for a 500+ horsepower wagon, the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Wagon, available only by special order. But help is on the way from Audi, and their access to the wonderful array of engines from the high-end brands under the Volkswagen AG umbrella. These leaked images show the return of the RS6 Avant, a performance wagon Audi has produced in small numbers on two other occasions.
The first RS6 was also the only one to have been sold in the US thus far, and this was basically just a version of the top-trim V8 A6 with two turbochargers attached to it. The second generation stepped up the game considerably, dropping in a twin-turbo version of the V10 from the Lamborghini Gallardo to make the most powerful production wagon ever built. As AutoGuide points out, what we have of the new RS6 is just a leak, so there isn’t much in the way of details, but there are some assumptions which are safe to make at this point. The pictures confirm the presence of the twin-turbo V8 which had been rumored for this car before. That’s some very good news, as this engine is a Bentley-sourced plant which produces 550 horsepower and also sits under the hood of the Continental GT.
The peak horsepower number might be less than the 572 horsepower produced by the previous RS6, but the current A6 is lighter than its predecessor, and the RS6 likely will be too. The engine is certainly lighter, and the Bentley mill is brand new and more advanced, making it likely that the power it produces will be more usable than it was in the old car. There will be a sedan version as well, of course, and this is really likely to be the much more popular body style. But super sedans are hardly a rarity, so it’s good to see that Audi will be throwing super wagon fans a bone, even if there aren’t a whole lot of them. The car won’t make its actual debut for some time, and even when it does, there is no guarantee that it will make it to the US. But we’re choosing to remain hopeful.