580hp family wagon

April 2008 is the month to keep an eye on, because that will signify the showroom launch of the new Audi RS 6 Avant, Audi's most potent car ever (not counting the Audi R10 TDI Le Mans racer). Audi's new family sports wagon produces an astounding 580 hp (426 kW) from a newly developed V10 FSI engine with torque peaking at 650 Nm at 6700 rpm. The new TwinTurbo V10 FSI is based on the V10 found in the S6 and S8 but has been redeveloped in almost every single aspect to attain this new level of performance.

Needless to say that its performance times are impressive and comparible to super cars. 0-100 km/h takes just 4.6 seconds and 0-200 km/h in just 14.9 seconds, only to stop accelerating at 250 km/h due to its top speed limiter. And while the car weighs in at plump 2,025 kg, the power-to-weight ratio is just 3.5 kg to every horsepower. A six-speed tiptronic is putting all that power to the road through Audi's quattro four-wheel-drive system.

The interior is of typical Audi quality with carbon fibre, aluminium, leather and Alcantara with the usual safety features as standard. Wheels come in 19 inch as standard but 20 inch are optionally available. Audi has fitted ceramic brakes on 420mm steel discs in the front and 356mm in the rear.

Read on for more details, and keep an eye on this space for live pictures from Frankfurt next week!

Gallery: Audi RS 6 Avant Revealed

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