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

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Prestige -

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.

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