The new Audi RS 6 Avant is no wolf in sheep’s clothing – it shows off its distinct design with great confidence. Aside from the front doors, the roof and the luggage compartment cover, all body panels are RS-specific. The wheel arches, which are flared by around 40 millimeters on each side, and wheels with a diameter of up to 22 inches emphasize the sporty character of the high-performance Avant, which measures roughly five meters in length. The new hood with powerdome, the striking lateral air inlets with vertical wings, and the wide flat Singleframe leave no doubt as to the unconditional drive of the RS icon.
The 4.0 TFSI in the new vehicle delivers a greater output combined with an increased level of efficiency. The V8 power unit delivers 441 kW and provides 800 Nm of torque, combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 268–263 consistently within an incredibly wide engine speed range from 2,050 to 4,500 rpm. It takes just 3.6 seconds to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h and in a mere 12 seconds, the high-performance Avant reaches 200 km/h. The top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h, this can be increased to 280 km/h with the optional dynamic package and even to 305 km/h with the dynamic plus package.
The standard adaptive suspension with controlled damping is tuned specifically for the RS and allows a top speed of 305 km/h for the first time in conjunction with the dynamic package plus. The sport suspension plus with Dynamic Ride Control is an option that works with steel springs and three-way adjustable dampers to counteract the movements of the vehicle body with no delay, without the use of electronics. At speeds of 120 km/h and above, the air suspension drops another ten millimeters in the three modes specified above. In “dynamic” mode, the body remains at this low ride height permanently for both suspension types. On poor road surfaces, the adaptive air suspension offers a “lift” that can raise 20 millimeters above its normal position at low speeds.
The interior design is forward-looking and markedly driver-oriented. The user interface of the fully digital operating system is easy to read and harmonizes with the sleek black panel design. The two displays with haptic and acoustic feedback are positioned one above the other and can be operated via touch and swiping movements. Special displays provide additional trip and vehicle data. The shift light display prompts the driver to upshift when the rev limit is reached.
Three versions of the RS A6 Avant will be available in the UK: the standard RS Avant Quattro costing from €110,080; the RS6 Avant Carbon Black from €119,460; and the flagship RS6 Avant Vorsprung from €129,670.