• Apr 1, 2011
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Jeff Kuhlman, head of Audi USA's communications department, recently confirmed to Inside Line that the 2012 A6 will be available with a four-cylinder engine when it goes on sale this summer. This will be the first time a U.S.-spec A6 will be offered with four-cylinder power.

The engine, Audi's familiar (and lovely) 2.0-liter turbocharged four, will be paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. No power numbers are available as of this writing, but Inside Line reports that the A6 2.0T should be able to hit 28 miles per gallon on the highway.

Audi RS4 AvantKuhlman also tells IL that the automaker has no plans to offer the next-generation RS4 in our market. A shame, too, since the black RS4 Avant we recently spied would look oh-so-good in the Autoblog Towers parking lot.

Audi is already planning to launch the TT RS in the third quarter of 2011, followed by the RS5 in the summer of 2012. Kuhlman says that Audi does not want to over-extend the RS range here in the U.S., though if we had our choice, at least a few of us would gladly scrap the RS5 in favor of the new RS4. We think.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      Typical Audi/VW market strategy. Withhold the good stuff from us Americans. The over-extending possibity is garbage. We got the B7 RS4 and the C5 RS6. That's it. No other RS badged cars. No B6 RS4, which was kiler, no C6 RS6 which would've smashed the E AMG, and espec the M5. Never got even an S3, let alone RS3. Similar story w/ VW. It floors me. Porsche gives us the good sh!t, and it sells out. But the rest of the group won't follow suit?? How does that make sense??
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why would they be worried about over-extending the RS line here? BMW whored out the M badge with the X5 M & X6 M, Mercedes sold an AMG version of the R-class for a year, the TT RS ain't even here yet, and we've only had two RS models prior to this (03 RS6 and 07-08 RS4).
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ Captain_Spardaro

        Now that you pointed it out, I'm now kind of applauding Audi for not whoring out the RS badge in the US. BMW and MB have become synical in their liberal use of their performance divisions on cars that have no right being branded an M or AMG.
        As much as I would love to see a biturbo V6 RS4 Avant again to match the next gen biturbo straight six M3, in a way I'm happy they're limiting the RS line for the US.
        Lets just hope they'll release a S4 Avant.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Hard to say it better than that.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Audi's US strategy regarding their RS line continues to baffle me.

      TTRS- yes
      RS5- yes

      RS4- no
      RS6- no

      So the sporty 2+2s get the green light yet the 4 (or 5) door Q-ships get the red.


      I guess Audi doesn't really care about giving AMG and //M the marketplace for super sporty sedans.

      Hmmm... then again, this abandonment of the RS line regarding sedans may open up the door for the rumored baby Panamera sedan?
        • 3 Years Ago
        I'm disappointed by the lack of a sporting sedan too. I like my hardcore sports cars with a touch of practicality. Plus it's easier on insurance (hence the M3 sedan over coupe for me).
      • 3 Years Ago
      April fools??

      Or is the TTRS the only cool audi allowed in the US..

      I think we have a limit on the amount of awesome that audi will sell here.
        • 3 Years Ago
        yeah i just read the car and drive comparo of small cars basically focus, mazda 3, elantra etc.
        and the new solid read axle jetta got smoked by the rest of them... They tried to make it more affordable for the US but failed to make it affordable but not a piece of crap.

        Its sad... my best friend has a mkiV jetta too and i really love his car but... i'll never own a vw. I almost bought an audi because i wanted awd but ended up with a subaru and am so glad i did.
        • 3 Years Ago
        You can just go ahead and extend that to the whole VW group... no love for the USA. That's why the Mk IV Jeddi is my last VW :(
      • 3 Years Ago
      The A4 is Audi's bread and butter...I don't understand how they cannot have an rs4 variant of it in the US. That's like BMW not giving us an M3.
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's not an A6 if it's only 4 cylinders
        • 3 Years Ago
        You don't know much about the A6 then.
        • 3 Years Ago
        In North America people are not going to spend alot more money to get a car marginally larger than an A4 with the same turbo 4 cylinder. If they offer the 3.0TDI ( close to 40mpg and 6.0 second run to 60mph) I bet 30 to 40% of the A6 models would be ordered with that engine. The other engine choice should be the 3.0tfsi with 300hp and offer the 333hp version in a S-Line. The 2.0 turbo would make sense in the hybrid model.
      • 3 Years Ago
      No RS4 in the U.S. ....lame.
        • 3 Years Ago
        2nd that, lets hope that somehow AoA treats the enthuiasts right and offers us the B8 RS4 Avant here in the US...
        • 3 Years Ago
        I'm praying that this is just some kind of cruel April Fool's joke.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Be cool if they brought out that 2.0T with the hybrid motor too, 38 mpg would make the best trip car.
      • 3 Years Ago
      *Meant B5 RS4*

      They better make us an S3 sedan!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yep, still in love with those wheels.
      • 3 Years Ago
      What is the deal..? why doesn't Audi ever bring decent cars to the states.. B7 RS4 Avant, B8 S4 Avant... and now B8 RS4 avant.. Over it.. am I stuck with a B7 S4 Avant..? At least make it easy for folks to Grey import one or special order one from Germany..
      • 3 Years Ago
      They better take a lot of weight off the car. It's pretty portly for that engine.

      I guess it's a quattro since the current FWD A6 w/3.2L engine gets 30mpg highway.
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