Oth­ers Avant a chance

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Prestige News -

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.

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