Make everyday drives feel like you are motoring on a racetrack with the Audi RS6 Avant. Sometimes described as the Audi RS6 estate, it is the most practical option if you need space to match the pace. The Audi RS6 Avant is undoubtedly one of the most majestic and athletic grand tourers on the market today - upgrade to the RS6 Performance trim level for sportier styling and an even more powerful engine. If you are wondering what the difference between the Audi A6 and the Audi RS6 is, check out our article where we compare the two. Alternatively, if it is Audi RS Models you are interested in, find out more about Audi RS range here.
Everything about the exterior of the Audi RS6 Avant lets fellow drivers know it is an Audi performance estate. 20-inch alloy wheels with a twin-spoke design create a striking rolling pattern as they spin and the grille has been given an RS makeover with a honeycomb design. Opt for the RS6 Performance variant for a titanium finish on the grille frame, front spoiler and door mirror housings as well as 21-inch 5-V-spoke Star design alloy wheels.
Matrix beam LED headlights and dynamic LED indicators give it an intense look and a suave edge. At its tail, dual-branch twin oval exhaust pipes and an aluminium skidplate on the bumper bring athletic appeal.
Roof bars provide a means of carrying extra luggage and weighty sports equipment, transforming the RS6 Avant into a practical car for adventures. Because of its five-metre length, it has three large windows along either side, which fill the car with natural light. Other Audi RS6 exterior features include:
For athletic thrills, the Audi RS6 Avant interior comes with carbon inlays, a flat-bottomed sports-inspired steering wheel, aluminium-look pedals and Super Sports seats. The standard trim level has leather honeycomb quilting on the seats while the Audi RS6 Performance variant has leather and velvety Alcantara upholstery. Driver’s side memory means you can always sit in your ideal driving position and four-way electric lumbar holds your posture. For added luxury, the front two seats are heated.
The Storage Package comes as standard giving you additional practical stowage space for all the belongings you and your passengers need for long journeys.
Under the RS6 Avant’s bonnet sits a 4.0-litre V8 TFSI quattro tiptronic engine that packs 560PS and 700Nm of torque at 1,750rpm. Top speeds reach 155mph and it hits 0-60mph in less than four seconds. The Audi RS6 Performance engine is even more powerful, delivering 605PS.
It may be a sports model, but both engines have a Euro 6 rating for its low CO2 emissions.
Thanks to the RS Adaptive air suspension, it is energetic to drive. The quattro technology means all four wheels receive the same level of power for a high level of performance at all times.
Audi Drive Select lets you adapt your driving style to suit the journey. Select one of the three buttons - 'Comfort', ‘Auto' or 'Dynamic', and the car will adjust specific components like the engine, the transmission and the steering to suit the mode. For added ease, the Audi RS6 Avant comes with Audi Parking System Plus which guides you into small parking spaces. An anti-lock braking system, anti-slip regulation and electronic differential lock prevent you from skidding when driving fast around corners.
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Audi’s updated RS 6 is even faster than the original, but how has it changed the overall package? Jack Evans finds out
Audi has some form for making fast, spacious and surprisingly usable performance estate cars. The first RS 6 Avant, the C5, appeared back in 2002, making a name for itself as a powerful car that you really could use every day. Fast forward to the present, and we have the latest RS6 before us – updated with the Performance package.
With 605PS residing under your right foot, it comes as no surprise that the RS 6 Performance is exceptionally quick.
Thanks to the V8 under the bonnet, with every press of the pedal there’s not only a fantastic surge in acceleration but also a bellowing soundtrack to accompany it. With all four wheels being driven, there’s also a superb amount of traction in almost all conditions – even heavy rain.
Compared to the Audi RS6 Avant on which it is based, not a whole lot. The main change comes under the bonnet, in the form of a power hike from the standard car’s not-inconsiderable 560PS to a frankly absurd 605PS. This immense power comes courtesy of a twin-turbocharged V8 powering all four wheels through Audi’s quattro system. You also get ceramic brakes, which save weight over the standard car’s steel discs.
There’s not a huge amount of steering feel, but the Audi RS6 isn’t a difficult car to place on the road. What does hamper progress occasionally is the sheer size of the vehicle. This comes into play on tight country roads and lanes. The ride is generally good, with the adaptive sport suspension doing its best to soak up bumps and potholes in the road. There’s no doubt that it’s firm, but for the most part it doesn’t intrude into daily driving.
All in all, the Audi RS6 makes for an effortlessly fast day-to-day driver, eating up the miles and doing it while producing one of the best soundtracks in the business.
As previously mentioned, the appeal of the Audi RS6 Avant is that, apart from the flared wheel arches and large alloy wheels, it looks pretty much like any other Audi A6 Avant. Of course, the front splitter of the car is adorned with a large quattro badge and the satin silver wing mirror caps have sat on many a performance Audi before this, but for the most part it’s a pretty standard shape. The understated exterior should appeal to those looking to go exceptionally fast, but without attracting too much attention to themselves.
Inside, it’s a similarly well-finished affair. All of the materials are of a good quality, while the fit-and-finish is just what we’ve come to expect from Audi. That said, when compared to newer models such as the latest-generation A4, the Audi RS6 Avant Performance interior is starting to show its age – though of course it’s still a very pleasant place to be.
The main benefit of Audi’s fast estate cars is that they give owners the ability to transport a large amount of luggage at high speed. The Audi RS6 Avant Performance is just such a car. It offers 565 litres of boot space with the seats up, rising to 1,680 litres when they’re folded flat. In either position, the Audi RS6 gives more than enough room for almost every occasion. Rear seat space is also very good.
Because it’s based on the A6, the Audi RS6 retains much of the original car’s usable space. That means large door bins and usable cup holders up front.
Retailing for over £85,000, the Audi RS6 Performance is certainly not what you’d call a budget option. With extras, it’ll nudge close to £100,000, which puts it in supercar territory. However, for that price tag you get one of the best engines in the business, as well as build quality that remains very high.
Of course, running costs will be high too including tax and insurance. However, a car like this isn’t bought for saving money. Yes, it’ll cost a reasonable amount to keep going, but each and every mile will be completely worth it.
The Audi RS6 Performance is ideal for someone looking to go very fast, very discreetly but with enough room for the family too. Save for the fuel economy, it’s a very practical car that just happens to have a huge amount of power to offer.
It’s an expensive car, but one that turns heads with people who have an understanding for it. For the most part, it blends in nicely as any other estate car – until the engine starts, that is.
By Jack Evans
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