When we think of something that can do 0 to 100 km/h in less than four seconds, the first thing that comes to mind would typically be something exotic like a Ferrari or a Lamborghini. But then, there's Audi.
Since the early 90's, the German automaker has been shoving souped-up engines under the hoods of their station wagons. It all started with the RS2 Avant, which can do the 0 to 100 km/h sprint in the region of four seconds. Audi's tradition of hot wagons continues to this day with the all-new RS6 Avant.
Stats? Audi says that it can do the task in about 3.6 seconds. That makes it a few tenths faster than the previous-generation model. Of course, there are some independent tests that have posted faster than manufacturer claimed times in the past, and we're expecting this new one to do the same. As for top speed, it's capped to 250 km/h but the folks at Audi are willing to remove that cap if you pay a little bit extra. Without that cap, this station wagon can do 305 km/h.
Helping it rocket into the horizon is a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine with mild-hybrid assist. That's good for 591 PS and a staggering 800 Nm of torque. It shifts via an beefed up eight-speed automatic transmission and sends the power to all four wheels via quattro all-wheel drive. In the case of the RS6, more power is sent to the rear wheels with a 40:60 split.
As for exterior enhancements, it has more pronounced fenders to accommodate the widened (and lowered) suspension, large alloy wheels, and styling elements that add aggression to its design. The result is a muscular-looking station wagon with the power to back up its beefed-up design.