Audi RS6 Avant

Audi RS6 Avant

HWM (Singapore) - - Contents - by Kenny Yeo

Audi has been mak­ing fast es­tate cars for over two decades, and the RS6 it­self has been around for just about 15 years. This is the third gen­er­a­tion RS6 and I’m not go­ing to beat about the bush here, it is prob­a­bly the best yet. In fact, it is so good that I reckon it could be the only car you will ever need.

The lat­est RS6 from Audi only comes in an Avant body style, which is Audi-speak for es­tate ve­hi­cle. So, un­less you have a trained eye, it looks some­what sim­i­lar to the reg­u­lar 1.8-liter A6 Avant.

How­ever, look a bit more closely and you will see signs that this isn’t an or­di­nary Audi. At the front, there is the sig­na­ture Audi RS hon­ey­comb front grille and the front bumper is more an­gu­lar and has large air in­lets. Down the sides, you will no­tice the fend­ers are mas­sively flared to ac­com­mo­date the huge 21-inch wheels. In case you are won­der­ing, the RS6 Avant is run­ning ul­tra-wide 275 sec­tion tires through­out. Be­hind, the rear dif­fuser and hu­mon­gous ex­hausts hint at the per­for­mance the car is ca­pa­ble of.

In­deed, the RS6 Avant is ca­pa­ble of stu­pen­dous lev­els of au­to­mo­tive

feats. But even it isn’t im­mune from the pres­sures of go­ing green. To im­prove ef­fi­ciency, the lat­est RS6 Avant ac­tu­ally has a smaller en­gine that pro­duces slightly less power than its pre­de­ces­sor. Gone is the last gen­er­a­tion RS6’s mas­sive 5-liter twin turbo V10, in its place is a smaller, more ef­fi­cient and more clever 4-liter twin turbo V8. This new en­gine fea­tures cylin­der de­ac­ti­va­tion, so when it is cruis­ing and on light load, it can turn off four cylin­ders and ef­fec­tively op­er­ate as a 2-liter V4. This, along with the ex­ten­sive use of alu­minum through­out the body to re­duce over­all weight, makes the new RS6 Avant up to 30% more fu­el­ef­fi­cient than the model it re­places.

Even though the new 4-liter twin turbo V8 is slightly less pow­er­ful, it still man­ages 560hp and 700nm of torque - that is al­most as much as a Porsche 911 Turbo S. And thanks to the above-men­tioned weight re­duc­tions, the new RS6 Avant is quicker than its pre­de­ces­sor. From a stand­still, the new RS6 Avant will hit 100km/h half a se­cond quicker in just 3.9 sec­onds. Flat out, you will hit 200km/h in 12.3 sec­onds. Top speed is limited to 250km/h. If the speed cut is re­moved, the RS6 Avant can eas­ily reach speeds

of over 300km/h.

The num­bers sug­gest it is quick, but noth­ing can pre­pare you for the shock of it when you ac­tu­ally smash your foot down onto the ac­cel­er­a­tor and into the car­pet. It al­most de­fies physics in the way it ac­cel­er­ates. A car this big shouldn’t be able to ac­cel­er­ate so quickly. But it does. It is amaz­ing and also in­cred­i­bly fun.

In­cred­i­ble straight line per­for­mance aside, the RS6 Avant also han­dles mag­i­cally well. Set the car into “Dy­namic” mode and put it through some faster twists and turns and there is hardly any sense at all that you are driv­ing an al­most five me­ters long, two-ton heavy es­tate car. You will need a firm foot on the brakes to shed speed, but the RS6 Avant cuts through cor­ners like a hot knife through but­ter with a sur­pris­ing amount of feel and feed­back, which gives you the con­fi­dence to push it even more. And thanks to the ex­tra re­as­sur­ance of­fered by its Quat­tro all-wheel drive tech­nol­ogy, I reckon that in the real world, it won’t be much slower than a bona fide su­per­car. It is that good.

And when you are done play­ing around, you can set the car into “Com­fort” mode and the RS6 Avant turns into a reg­u­lar fam­ily car. The steer­ing be­comes light, the throt­tle be­comes more re­laxed, and the sus­pen­sion turns soft and hap­pily absorbs any bumps and un­du­la­tions on the road. It is not as cos­set­ing as the reg­u­lar 1.8 A6 Avant that I drove some time ago, but it is still a calm­ing place to be in.

Speak­ing of the reg­u­lar A6 Avant, the RS6 comes with all the con­nec­tiv­ity fea­tures that the for­mer has, in­clud­ing the large power-re­tractable 8-inch touch­screen dis­play that is pow­ered by NVIDIA’s Te­gra 30 pro­ces­sor and Audi’s MMI (Mul­ti­me­dia In­ter­face).

In ad­di­tion, prac­ti­cal­ity has not been sac­ri­ficed at all in the RS6 Avant. With the rear seats up, you have 565 liters of stor­age com­part­ment, which is large enough to swal­low a cou­ple of ex­tralarge lug­gage or even sit a large breed dog. With the rear seats folded, that ex­pands to a whop­ping 1,680 liters. All in all, it is eas­ily one of the most prac­ti­cal cars you can buy.

Speak­ing of which, the RS6 Avant, un­for­tu­nately, does not come cheap. At over half a mil­lion dol­lars, there are no short­age of other vi­able al­ter­na­tives. How­ever, few can come close to match­ing the RS6 Avant’s dual per­son­al­ity and wide breadth of ca­pa­bil­i­ties. At a flick of a switch, the RS6 Avant can turn from a com­fort­able fam­ily trans­porter into a fire-breath­ing su­per­car-ri­val­ing su­per es­tate. If you can pony up the cash, this could the one car you will ever need.

Few cars, if any, can match the RS6 Avant’s wide breath of abil­i­ties. This could be the only car you will ever need.

The RS6 Avant’s V8 is re­ally clever. At cruis­ing speeds and low loads, it can shut off half its cylin­ders to re­duce fuel con­sump­tion.

The cabin is com­fort­able, lux­u­ri­ous and wellfin­ished.

Fold­ing the rear seats down ex­pands the rear lug­gage com­part­ment to a whop­ping 1,680 liters.

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