Why, Audi? Why?

The 2019 Audi A6 Wagon is Cruel and Unusual Punishment for America


April 11, 2018 Cars By Photo by Audi
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Get a good look at the 2019 Audi A6 Avant above, because, despite the resurgence of wagon offerings from nearly every other luxury car maker, Audi is not sending the A6 wagon to our shores.

We will, however, get the regular sedan, of course, but the longer-roof option just looks too good not to lust after. The S-Line trim pictured above gives us a clearer image as to what the inevitable S6 and RS6 will look like, but that only makes it worse.

After all, adding utility and cargo space to fender flares and more power is an incredibly more enticing deal than settling for the typical lose-it-in-a-crowd crossover choice. And we could talk about the 335 horsepower V6 that will pull the A6 wagon, too, but why bother?. With that said, we Americans do have the upcoming, top-of-the-line RS6 sedan to look forward to.

I spoke recently with current Bugatti President and former head of Audi Sport Stephan Winkelmann, who helped develop the next RS6 before he left. He said, “the RS6 is the balance, the center of the brand. And you’ll see, when the new one comes — it’s a great car.” The good news is that the upcoming RS6 that Winkelmann is alluding to will apparently get the same 4.0-liter twin turbo V8 from the Porsche Panamera Turbo and churn out around 650 horsepower and nearly 600 lb-ft of torque — close to what the Lamborghini Urus boasts. Is that salt on the wound, because we won’t get the wagon RS6, or is it a consolation prize? Either way, Audi needs to stop the cruel and unusual punishment and just give us not what we want, but what we need — the 2019 Audi A6 Avant.

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