Others Avant a chance
EASY to forget the rampaging Audi RS6 Avant is a station wagon, the German flyer being a wolf in sheep’s clothing which Audi promotes as probably the world’s quickest production station wagon.
Mercedes-Benz and BMW will argue, but the RS6 is blindingly fast.
On paper the new Audi has more power and torque than either BMW’s M5 or the larger-capacity Benz E63 AMG and the company wins bragging rights with a sevenspeed tiptronic auto.
For a start, the RS6 has a thumping direct-injection bi-turbo 5-litre V10 under the bonnet. It’s supplied by Lamborghini and tweaked by Audi to deliver 426kW and a staggering 650Nm of torque on tap from low revs.
Top speed is around 280km/h, but electronically governed for most of the world to a more modest 250km/h.
Sprint times are equally breathtaking: zero to 100km/h takes a claimed 4.6 seconds, nudging supercar times.
All that from a less-than-humble station wagon which weighs in at a hefty 2030kg and utilises the latest version of Audi’s brilliant all-wheeldrive quattro system is remarkable.
There are a couple of sore points in this equation of excessiveness, though: the Aussie price has been set at $259,000 (or $271,000 when the proposed luxury car tax increase is passed), almost line-ball with Audi’s R8 supercar. If that’s a bit rich, a sedan version of the RS6 is also coming our way in January — cheaper at between $250,000 and $260,000.
Then there’s the fuel consumption. OK, if you can afford $250,000 for a car, you can’t really grumble about the cost of fuel and for a largecapacity V10 it is reasonable at a claimed 13.9 litres/100km.
Fast company: Audi says its RS6 Avant is probably the world’s fastest production station wagon.