Having produced some of the world’s most exciting wagons for the past two decades, Audi’s at it again with the new RS6 Avant, the most efficient and sophisticated of its kind.

At the RS6’s core lies a tweaked version of the twin-turbocharged 4,0-litre V8 that does service in a few other Volkswagen AG products. In RS6 guise it produces 412 kW and a mighty 700 N.m of torque.

Despite the claimed 0-100 km/h sprint time of 3,9 seconds, (enough to see off some pukka sportscars) the Ingolstadt engineers claim an impressive average fuel consumption of just 9,8 litres/100 km and 223 g/km of CO2.

Torque is sent to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission and the famed Quattro all-wheel drive system, with a higher locking rate centre differential. The system operates with wheel-selective torque control and rear “Sport” differential to ensure the most dynamic driving experience possible.

The standard RS adaptive air suspension system can be customised via the Audi drive select function to suit individual driver tastes. Through the continuously adaptive damper system it automatically regulates ride height and damper control to keep the RS6 level at all times – even if loaded unevenly.

That will come in handy if customers plan to make full use of the 596 litres of luggage capacity or 1 680 litres of utility room.

The Audi RS6 Avant is available immediately for R1 465 000, and it comes with a 5 years/100 000 km maintenance plan.