The RS6 has been on my bucket list of cars to drive for a very long time so I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this one. The car has a big reputation for being the ultimate estate car for people who don’t feel the need for showing off. It has extremely intelligent technology on board with the finest German engineering available. This all adds up to an amazing driving experience everywhere you drive in whatever conditions.
The RS series is the culmination of Audi’s proud motorsport heritage. The latest addition in the range is the new RS 6 Avant. The result of many years of technical expertise on roads and racetracks all over the world. The RS 6 Avant brings together astonishing performance with remarkable luxury and refinement. Exterior styling is unmistakable with the signature RS hallmarks such as flared wheel arches and enhanced body styling. With the 560bhp V8 twin turbo engine delivering 0-62mph in just 3.9 seconds, it’s clearly a car with racing heritage in its genes.
The Audi RS 6 Avant’s cutting-edge Matrix LED headlights don’t just produce a light that is similar in colour to daylight. They also incorporate remarkable technology that adapts automatically to the car’s surroundings. Fitted as standard, sensors and an inbuilt camera allow Matrix LED headlights to detect the rear and oncoming headlights of other road users, as well as ambient light in built-up areas. The technology then reacts by dipping individual LEDs to prevent dazzle, while still fully illuminating the remainder of the road. Using the vehicle’s navigation data, Matrix LED technology can even anticipate corners, adjusting LEDs as you negotiate the bend. The result is a much wider visual range.
A car as powerful as an RS needs an equally powerful braking system. So each 19-inch RS brake disc is internally ventilated and perforated for enhanced performance, with a special ‘floating’ friction ring designed to handle high temperature loads. And for even more stopping power, you can upgrade to our 20-inch high-performance brake system with carbon-reinforced, ventilated and perforated ceramic brake discs. There are more features available to complement the RS 6 Avant’s performance. The optional RS Sports suspension with Dynamic Ride Control has a special shock absorber system that counteracts pitch and body roll, giving you an overall feeling of stability in even the most demanding corners. Add dynamic steering and you’ll benefit from enhanced handling and even more precise steering at high speeds.
An innovative 4-litre V8 TFSI® twin turbo engine sets the RS 6 Avant apart and keeps it there. That’s because it features Le Mans winning fuel-injection technology, which enhances fuel efficiency, power and torque. But this unit is capable of more than just raw power, it also knows how to use it. Ultralightweight construction and intelligent engine technologies like cylinder-on-demand means the RS 6 Avant can make effortless, efficient work of every move. The one from 0-62mph in only 3.9 seconds is perhaps the most impressive.
The RS 6 Avant features an 8-speed tiptronic transmission with DSP (Dynamic Shift Programme). It’s a gearbox that gives you the best of both worlds. Choose between the smooth, economical and uninterrupted power of an automatic, or use the steering wheel paddles or gear lever to switch to manual mode for a more dynamic drive on inclines and winding roads. As well as enabling crisp, fast gear changes, tiptronic uses the car’s navigation data to tailor itself to your individual driving style, optimising the shifting strategy it uses for different manoeuvres to deliver a more responsive, fuel-efficient drive.
A heightened driving experience with ultimate control: it’s what makes quattro such a thrilling enhancement to the Audi RS 6 Avant drive. Quattro is Audi’s intuitive all-wheel drive system. Constantly analysing grip and distributing power to where it’s needed most, the four permanently driven wheels deliver more responsive acceleration and assured grip on all surfaces. And that’s especially true when road conditions change. If one wheel loses traction, Quattro makes sure the others compensate to keep the car in control. Giving you a dynamic driving experience with superior handling, even in less than perfect driving conditions. Fitted as standard on the RS 6 Avant, Quattro with Sports differential takes the driving dynamics of Quattro to a whole new level, ensuring outstanding stability and superior acceleration performance. By distributing torque variably to each of the rear wheels, the car steers even more spontaneously and directly. When cornering, for example, power is redirected to the outside rear wheel, literally pushing the car through the bend. Not only is acceleration more responsive, it requires less steering effort for a more agile, enhanced drive.
Engine 4.0 TFSI Quattro
Transmission 8-speed tiptronic
Power 560 bhp
Top speed 155 mph
Acceleration 0-62mph 3.9 seconds
Fuel consumption 29.4 mpg Combined
Price from £ 77,995.00
Verdict: The RS6 is a truly remarkable car. It’s understated if seen at a glance but when you take a closer look all the clues are there of what this could be capable of. It could easily be mistaken for a normal big luxury estate unless of course you’re standing by the roadside and hear its V8 roar. This car is far from a normal big estate. It is an absolute beast when driven hard. This road test is up there with the very best that I’ve done. Outstanding performance, Ultimate luxury and deafening noise. What more could you ask for?
Road Tested by: Adam McCartney
With thanks to: JCT600, Doncaster Audi