A dozen cool Audi station wagons you can’t be indifferent to

The supercharged Audi station wagons are a quarter of a century old. But only those which have RS letters. It all began even earlier…

Audi 80 Variant, 1966

The history of Audi station wagons began in 1966: 53 years ago, the first Audi 80 with the prefix Variant was shown at the Geneva Motor Show. No one offered a powerful engine: the most efficient 1.7-liter engine had a maximum of 79 horsepower. But the first-born stood out with style: the five-seat car was sold only as a three-door! For six years, almost 27.5 thousand station wagon “eighties” were made.

Audi S4 Avant, 1991-1994

The first “charged” station wagon from Ingolstadt was Audi S4 Avant 2.2 turbo quattro. Production of the debut twin-turbo “esca” began in 1991. For the basis of model took a two-volume Audi 100 Avant, but the S4 differed from the “hundred” by external touches (even the front fenders were wider) and a 2.2-liter five-cylinder turbo engine rated at 230 horsepower (350 Nm of torque). The first “hundred” S4 Avant exchanged for 7.1 seconds – comparable characteristics universal competition it did not have. Since 1992, the S4 Avant was also equipped with a 4.2-liter atmospheric V8 rated at 280 horsepower. This station wagon was half a second faster than the turbocharged S4 Avant and could boast a top speed of 247 kilometers per hour.

Audi S6 Plus Avant, 1996-1997

In April 1996, Audi began production of a limited edition S6 sedan and station wagon with a 4.2-liter atmospheric engine boosted from 290 to 326 horsepower. A more productive version was designated Plus and distinguished by a small number of copies – a year and a half was released 952 Audi S6 Plus: 97 sedans and 855 station wagons. “The five-door S6 Plus accelerated to a hundred in 5.7 seconds and was limited to a maximum speed of 250 kilometers per hour.

Audi RS6 Plus Avant, 2004

The first generation wagon Audi RS6 was produced from 2002 to 2004, and from April to September 2004, division RS has made a limited edition even more powerful “avant” with the prefix “Plus”. Differences were reduced suspension, tuning of steering and forcing the 4.2-liter V8 from 450 to 480 horsepower. The upgrades allowed the RS6 Plus to spend just 4.4 seconds on a 0-100-kilometer-per-hour launch spurt and accelerate to 280 kilometers per hour. In six months, 999 “special” series station wagons have found customers.

Audi S4 Avant, 2009-2017

The fifth-generation Audi S4 B8 is a long-lived member of the S-family and the last representative of the sporty wagon line that was sold with a manual. The model managed to stay on the assembly line for more than seven years. The place of the 4.2-liter atmospheric V8 engine under the hood was taken by a 3.0-liter aluminum V6 engine with a mechanical supercharger. The engine produced 333 horsepower and allowed the station wagon with a six-speed manual transmission to reach the first “hundred” in 5.2 seconds.

Audi RS4 Avant, available since 2017

After 16 years, the current generation of the Audi RS4 has returned to turbocharging, has finally said goodbye to the sedan body and has remained faithful to all-wheel drive. Under the hood is 450 hp (600 Nm of torque) 2.9-liter V6, familiar from Porsche models; robotized 7-speed transmission gave way to an 8-band automatic. The RS4 conquers the first hundred in 4.1 seconds, and the maximum speed limiter can be shifted to 280 kilometers per hour.

Audi S6 Avant TDI, available since 2019

The fifth generation Audi S6 for the European market has a surprise: the “six” for the first time switched to diesel power and is equipped with a “moderate” hybrid powertrain. The 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel produces 349 horsepower – 101 fewer than the four-liter “eight” in sedans and wagons in the previous body. The diesel station wagon is slower than its predecessor in acceleration to a “hundred” by 0.6 seconds. Audi has not yet disclosed data on fuel efficiency.

Audi RS6 Avant, introduced in 2019

Audi’s flagship station wagon, the RS6 Avant, introduced in mid-August, has also not escaped electrification. The fourth-generation RS6 will be a moderate hybrid: a 48-volt starter-generator will help the four-liter turbocharged gasoline engine save fuel on acceleration. The output of the “base” version has grown to 600 horsepower and 800 Nm of torque, which improved 0-100 km/h acceleration dynamics by 0.3 seconds. The first hundred is reached in 3.6 seconds in the new RS6, and the top speed can reach 305 kilometers per hour.

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