Super wagon's software upgrade should provide monstrous performance.
It's been nearly two decades since an Audi bearing the RS6 badge was sold in the US, but that's set to change with the imminent arrival of the knockout RS6 Avant. As if its hyper-aggressive styling hasn't caused enough of a stir, the hot Audi's 592-horsepower 4.0-liter V8 is set to launch the wagon to 60 mph in around 3.5 seconds.
Nobody suggested that this wasn't enough power, but tuning house MTM has nowrevealed a software update for the RS6 Avant that takes its power output up to a startling 787 hp, a full 195 hp up on the stock model. Torque gets a big boost too, from 590 lb-ft to 760 lb-ft.
MTM also shared pictures of the RS6 Avant sitting on the dyno, along with a computer readout confirming the towering outputs. For the record, this would make the MTM RS6 Avant more powerful than a Lamborghini Aventador SVJ. It should also allow the RS6 to easily dispose of the Mercedes-AMG E63 S wagon, which makes do with 603 hp. According to the tuning house's Instagram post, the upgrades are purely software-related with no changes to the stock exhaust and engine.
It's not the first time that MTM has had its way with fast Audis. A couple of years ago, it released a tuned version of the Audi RS3 hatchback with 435 hp (nearly 100 hp up on the stock version), which allowed it to hit 60 mph in under four seconds.
With the RS6 Avant's Quattro all-wheel-drive system and Sport-tuned eight-speed automatic transmission, we expect the MTM version of the wagon to hit 60 mph in around three seconds, and maybe even less, especially since we've already reported on an independent test running the Avant to 62 mph in just 3.47 seconds.
The tuner is also said to be preparing "multiple tuning options" and also made mention of the new RS7 and RS Q8 achieving the same performance gains with the Stage 1 upgrade. US pricing will be finalized over the next couple of days for what will be some of the quickest Audis ever seen.