Is there a fuel crisis?
Audi puts a V10 into its RS6 as the German power war shows no signs of easing, writes NEIL McDONALD
NO ONE seems to have told Audi’s Quattro GmbH performance divison that we’re entering environmentally worrying times.
It has just taken the wraps off its new RS6 sedan, upping the ante from the old car’s V8 to a V10 borrowed from Italian supercar maker Lamborghini, which Audi has owned for 10 years.
Shoehorning a V10 into the A6 engine bay proves peace is yet to be declared in the German power war. The electrifying sedan and wagon take the 5.0-litre unit and plumb in two turbochargers to lift power to 426kW and torque to 650Nm.
Fuel costs and the sedan’s projected $250,000 price haven’t reduced the queues, either. Audi Australia expects to sell 50 sedans and wagons combined each year.
Audi Australia’s Nadine Giusti says 25 people have already expressed interest. The sedan arrives here early next year, but the wagon arrives before Christmas.
The twin-turbo V10 engine fea- tures direct injection and dry-sump lubrication. It is mated to Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive via a sixspeed tiptronic automatic tuned for quicker shift response.
Peak torque is available from 1500 to 6250 revs. Peak power is generated between 6250 and 6700 revs.
The sedan accelerates to 100km/h in 4.5 seconds and on to an electronically limited top speed of 250km/h.
To cope with the car’s extra oomph the suspension has been upgraded. The front axle has lightweight aluminium control arms on each wheel and Audi’s dynamic ride control is standard for Australia.
The speed-dependent servotronic power steering has been retuned and the ratio is more direct. The dynamic ride control has three settings: sport, dynamic and comfort.
For Australia, the RS6 will have 20-inch alloys with 275/35 tyres.
Up front, six-piston fixed aluminium calipers painted black and decorated with RS badges clamp down on 390mm front discs and 356mm rear discs. The rear axle features single-piston floating brake calipers. The floating steel discs feature large cooling ducts and axial perforations for enhanced performance and less weight.
Visually the RS6 gets styling cues to distinguish it from lesser Audis.
These include the single-frame grille, the large air intakes, xenon- plus headlights, adaptive light and RS6-specific LED daytime running lights, flared mudguards, deep side skirts and a rear diffuser.
The rear spoiler is integrated into the bootlid and two large oval exhausts complete the picture.
Inside, the cabin gets carbon-fibre inlays and Silk Nappa sports seats.
Update: Audi has refreshed the RS6 (above) and the A6 (below) has a 5.0-litre V10 shoehorned into it.