AUDI

AUDI RS 6 AVANT RS 6 TFSI Quattro 5dr Tiptronic

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph3.6s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2283 g/km

Estates don't come any quicker - and very few cars of any kind do full stop. The RS 6 Avant uses the 4.0-litre TFSI twin-turbo V8 with mild hybrid assistance and a thumping 800Nm of pulling power. The result is 600PS, 0-62mph in 3.6 seconds, 124mph in 12 seconds and one queasy looking Labrador.

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Estates don't come any quicker - and very few cars of any kind do full stop. The RS 6 Avant uses the 4.0-litre TFSI twin-turbo V8 with mild hybrid assistance and a thumping 800Nm of pulling power. The result is 600PS, 0-62mph in 3.6 seconds, 124mph in 12 seconds and one queasy looking Labrador.

Background

One-upmanship, the car industry is awash with it and car enthusiasts wouldn't have it any other way. If the leading manufacturers were any less hell-bent on outdoing their rivals at every opportunity, cars like the Audi RS 6 Avant would simply never have been dragged into being. There are those who will greet news of this 600PS super estate with abject horror and most right-minded observers will at least briefly entertain the possibility that Audi may have gone a shade too far this time, but you have to admire the firm's commitment. For car nuts the world over, the only thing more exciting than the prospect of climbing into an RS 6, firing up the V8 biturbo engine then administering the full beans will be the thought of what BMW and Mercedes will do to top it. Rest assured, as soon as news of the RS 6 broke, the machinations of the powers that be in Munich and Stuttgart will have been directed along similar lines.

Driving Experience

The engine in question is the same V8 already found in star cars like Audi's S8 flagship. Don't be dismayed by its extra mild hybrid tech if all you care about is performance. The 4.0 TFSI remains a thoroughbred V8 in terms of character and sound as 62mph flashes by in just 3.6s. And the driver can influence that sound using the Audi drive select system. In the new, customisable RS1 and RS2 modes accessible via Audi drive select, customers decide themselves whether the sound should be full-blooded or balanced. The standard eight-speed tiptronic auto transmission with optimised shift times and a new Launch Control function transmits the power of the 4.0 TFSI to the quattro permanent all-wheel drive system. The drive forces are distributed to the front and rear axle in a ratio of 40:60 via an all-mechanical centre differential. If one wheel slips, more drive torque automatically goes to the axle with the better traction. Up to 70% can be channelled to the front wheels and up to 85% to the rear wheels. There's also wheel-selective torque control for more agile handling, the system braking the wheels with reduced load on the inside of a bend slightly before they can begin to spin. And you get a quattro sport differential that shifts the drive torque when cornering at speed as required between the rear wheels, thus improving traction, stability and dynamics. So there's everything you need to ruin the day of that supercar driver behind.

Design and Build

The RS 6 hints at its fearsome capabilities via a predictably aggressive exterior. With the exception of the front doors, roof and tailgate, the exterior of the RS 6 Avant is different from any ordinary A6 Avant, comprising exclusively RS-specific parts, including a power-dome bonnet, a roof edge spoiler and an RS-specific bumper with rear diffuser. In hallmark RS style, the RS exhaust system flows on both sides into oval chrome-coloured tailpipes. The cabin's decorated with inlays in matt brushed dark aluminium and the centre-dash screen's 'MMI touch response' display is incorporated almost invisibly into the black-panel architecture. There's also an "RS Monitor" display that provides the driver with the option to see an overview of the temperature status of the drive components and the maximum g acceleration figures, along with information on tyre pressure and temperature in the top display. In the Audi virtual cockpit instrument cluster screen, special RS displays provide information on torque, power output, engine oil temperature, boost pressure, lap times, acceleration measurements and g forces. Plus there's a perforated flat-bottomed sport leather steering wheel that features large RS shift paddles made of aluminium and multifunction buttons that allow the driver to also directly select the new Audi drive select RS1 and RS2 modes. And, as ever with an RS 6 Avant, it's practical too. The luggage compartment has a capacity of between 565 and 1,680-litres. The sort of capacity a supercar owner could only imagine.

Market and Model

Whichever way you look at it, buyers will be facing a hefty pricetag for an RS 6 - around £93,000 - which would be a lot for a large estate car but not so much when you consider its performance credentials. Only pure-bred supercars can match the RS 6 for pace and they come with supercar pricetags and supercar practicality, rendering them out of the question for many. Whatever your view on it, there's no doubt that you'll have an easier time justifying the purchase of an RS 6 to your other half that of a Lamborghini Huracan. The RS 6 interior does a decent job of justifying the car's pricing. The standard A6 feels genuinely special inside with some beautiful design touches and real quality throughout. This gives the RS6 a solid platform which it builds on with Valcona leather ventilated RS sports seats, a flat-bottomed RS steering wheel and expensive-looking aluminium detailing. There are read-outs for turbo boost pressure and oil temperature too. The paint range for the RS 6 Avant includes thirteen colours, including the two RS-specific colours, 'Nardo grey' and 'Sebring black' crystal effect, along with a choice of five matt-effect paint finishes.

Cost of Ownership

Thanks to its new 48-volt mild hybrid electrical system, the twin-turbo V8 combines maximum performance with surprising efficiency. Audi says up to 22.6mpg is possible on the WLTP combined cycle. A belt alternator starter lies at the heart of the mild hybrid system and up to 12kW of power can be recovered during light deceleration and stored in a separate lithium-ion battery. If the driver lifts off the accelerator at a speed of between 34 and 99mph, the drive management selects one of two options. Depending on the driving situation and setting in the standard Audi drive select dynamic driving system the car recovers energy or coasts for up to 40 seconds with the engine switched off. Re-applying pressure on the accelerator instructs the belt alternator starter to restart the engine. MHEV technology allows for start/stop operation at speeds of up to 13mph. Another key efficiency-focused component is the cylinder on demand (COD) system, which at low to intermediate loads and speeds deactivates cylinders 2, 3, 5 and 8 in the high gears by switching off injection and ignition and closing the intake and exhaust valves. In four-cylinder operation, the operating points in the active cylinders are displaced toward higher loads in areas of the characteristic map with higher efficiency, while the deactivated cylinders largely run without losses, like gas springs. When the driver presses the accelerator pedal, they are reactivated instantly.

Summary

So exactly who is it that goes out and buys a vehicle capable of transporting a family of four and their holiday luggage on a sub 8-minute lap of the Nurburgring Nordschleife, overtaking a gaggle of supercars in the process? The Audi RS 6 Avant is definitely not your average executive saloon or estate and that's a given. It's a car with an awesome array of talents, from its 600PS performance to its 1,680-litre payload capacity, and one that takes the executive supercar arms race to a whole new level. Some will find the idea of a saloon or estate car with 800NM of grunt from a 4.0-litre biturbo V8 difficult to reconcile with the modern motoring age of proliferating speed cameras, spiralling fuel prices and emissions-based vehicle taxation. In the end, though, if the RS 6 buyers aren't forthcoming, the bottom could potentially fall out of this highly specialised and proudly contested market sector. That would deny car enthusiasts the world over the opportunity of seeing where those crazy Germans will go from here.

  • Rear wiper
  • Electric front/rear windows
  • Rain and light sensors
  • Adaptive windscreen wipers with integrated washer jets
  • Heat insulating glass in side and rear windows
  • Privacy glass with rear/side windows and acoustic glazing side windows

  • EBD - Electronic brakeforce distribution
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) including ABS, ASR and EDL
  • Electromechanical parking brake

  • Front/rear floor mats

  • Voice control system
  • Audi smartphone interface
  • Audi phone box with wireless charging
  • Bluetooth interface
  • Audi connect safety and service (e-call)

  • Dynamic all wheel steering
  • Audi drive select
  • Lane departure warning system
  • Rear view camera

  • Automatic start/stop system
  • Power operated tailgate
  • Operating buttons in black, glass look with haptic feedback including extended aluminium look

  • Audi Virtual Cockpit with RS specific design and 12.3" display
  • MMI navigation with MMI touch + twin touch screens 10.1" and 8.6" with haptic and acoustic feedback
  • Service interval indicator

  • Electrically adjustable, heated and folding door mirrors with integrated LED indicators and kerb view function for passenger side
  • Aluminium exterior mirror housings
  • Frameless auto dimming interior rear view mirror

  • 73 litre fuel tank

  • Audi sound system
  • DAB Digital radio
  • Audi music interface

  • Body colour rear roof spoiler
  • Wheel arch extensions
  • Aluminium roof rails
  • Matt aluminium window trims
  • Illuminated door sill trims with RS lettering
  • Radiator grille in honeycomb structure, large front air inlets and rear diffuser in gloss black
  • RS front bumper with air inlets on both side

  • HD Matrix LED headlights with Audi laser light with dynamic light design and dynamic turn signal
  • LED rear combination lamps with dynamic light design and dynamic turn signal
  • Headlight washers

  • 4 zone deluxe automatic climate control

  • Electric steering wheel adjustment
  • Aluminiium gear shift paddles
  • 3 spoke RS flat bottomed leather multifunction steering wheel with shift paddles, heated funtion, contrast stitching, RS mode button and RS emblem
  • Valcona leather upholstery with perforated honeycomb and RS lettering
  • Black cloth headlining
  • Front centre armrest
  • Stainless steel pedals and foot rest

  • Audi Sport logo projection (Audi Beam) in front and rear

  • Air quality pack - RS6
  • Styling pack - RS6
  • Extended LED interior multi coloured lighting pack - RS6
  • Storage pack - RS6

  • Direct tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Audi pre-sense front
  • Airbags - Front side, front and rear including head
  • Extended pedestrian protection measures
  • 2 x 3-point rear seat belts
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit

  • Front seat ventilation
  • Heated front seats
  • Front and rear headrests
  • 4 way electric lumbar support for driver and front passenger
  • ISOFIX child seat mounting and Top Tether with front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Electrically adjustable front seats with driver memory
  • RS Front sports seats

  • Keyless Go
  • Anti theft alarm with tow away protection
  • Anti-theft wheel bolts and wheel loosening detection
  • Immobiliser
  • Remote central locking

  • Towbar preparation

  • Quattro sports differential

  • Tyre repair kit

  • CO2 (g/km): 263
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 286
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 297
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 283

  • Engine Code: 4A5RCA
  • CC: 3996
  • Cylinders: 8
  • Cylinder Layout: V8
  • Number of Valves: 32
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TWIN TURBO
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: NORTH SOUTH
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 8 SPEED

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 22.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 22.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 21.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 12.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 12.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 13.1

  • Generation Mark: 5
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 50E
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • Badge Power: 600
  • Badge Engine CC: 4.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: RS6
  • Coin Description: TFSI Quattro
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12

  • Engine Power - BHP: 600
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 3.6
  • Top Speed: 155
  • Engine Power - KW: 441
  • Engine Power - RPM: 6000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 590
  • Engine Torque - NM: 800
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 2000
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 81.6

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Tyre Size Front: 275/35 R21
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: 10 STAR SPOKE
  • Tyre Size Rear: 275/35 R21
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 21" ALLOY

  • Length: 4995
  • Width (including mirrors): 2110
  • Height: N
  • Height (including roof rails): 1487
  • Wheelbase: 2930

  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 565
  • No. of Seats: 4
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1680
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 2075
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2740
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 73
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 2100
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 665

  • RS Ceramic brakes with brake callipers in anthracite: £9,200
  • RS Steel brakes with brake callipers in red gloss: £520
  • RS steel brakes with black brake callipers: Included

  • 4 Corner RS air suspension sport version with electronic shock absorption control: Included
  • RS Sports suspension plus with dynamic ride control: £1,300

  • Camera based road sign recognition: Included
  • Cruise control + speed limiter: Included

  • Fine grain ash natural grey brown upper inlay: £780
  • Carbon twill inserts: £780
  • Matt brushed aluminium dark inlays: Included

  • Increased top speed to 174mph: £1,550

  • Rear sports exhaust system with gloss black oval tailpipe: £1,450
  • Electric Panoramic opening glass sunroof: £1,950
  • Solid paint: £0
  • Audi exclusive paint: £3,000
  • Audi exclusive matt paint: £6,000
  • Metallic paint: Included
  • Pearlescent paint: £0
  • Crystal effect paint: £1,650

  • Leatherette on upper instrument panel and door shoulders: Included

  • City assist pack - RS6: £1,525
  • Full leather pack - RS6: £1,000
  • Tour pack - RS6: £1,950

  • Metallic - Tango red: £0
  • Metallic - Glacier white: £0
  • Metallic - Navarra blue: £0
  • Metallic - Floret silver: £0
  • Metallic - Mythos black: £0

  • Pearl - Daytona grey: £0

  • Solid - Nardo grey: £0

  • Crystal - Sebring black: £1,650
  • Audi Exclusive - Custom: £3,000
  • Audi Exclusive Matt - Custom: £6,000

  • Rear side airbags: £475

  • Electrically swivelling trailer towing hitch: £850

  • Valcona leather - Black with black stitching, centre panels in honeycomb stitching, upper seat side bolsters in alcantara + RS embossing: £0
  • Valcona leather - Black with rock grey stitching, centre panels in honeycomb stitching, upper seat side bolsters in alcantara + RS embossing: £0
  • Valcona leather - Cognac brown with granite grey stitching, centre panels in honeycomb stitching, upper seat side bolsters in alcantara + RS embossing: £0

  • 21" 10 star spoke galvano silver alloy wheels: Included
  • 22" Galvano silver alloy wheels: £2,000

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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