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Audi RS6 Avant Review – Ridiculously Seductive

 

Price of Audi RS6 Avant in India starts from INR 1.45 crore, ex-Delhi.

When you hear the word ‘excess’, what all comes to the mind? For me, its something like a large burger with fries and a soda or A sumo wrestler weighing 200 kilos or a shopping mall which is 1.5 kilometers long.

But how much is too much especially when it comes to cars? Presenting the spanking new Audi RS6 Avant, the fastest production family car Audi has ever made.

Audi RS6 Avant

It’s a station wagon, a type of vehicle we Indians never took seriously. Most of us believe that they look bulky, stupid and hideous. The likes of Baleno Altura, Fiat Adventure, Tata Estate and many more failed to impress the modern family guys. It is very hard to justify then how a luxury and sporty station wagon from a company like Audi could survive in a country full of sedan / SUV lovers.

We are familiar with the Audi A6. One of their best-selling cars here in India. It is powered by a 2-litre diesel motor which produces 190 hp doing 0-100 in 8.2 seconds which in my book of automobile sensibility is quick enough. But with the RS6 Avant, it is a bit of a different story. It is powered by Audi’s 4-litre twin turbo V8 engine producing a mind-boggling 560 bhp and 700 Nm of torque that also does service in the Bentley Continental GT V8. The power is transmitted through an 8 speed ZF gearbox to all 4 wheels, thanks to Audi’s quattro all wheel drive system.

Audi RS6 Avant

It is ridiculous how it is called a family car because it has more power than all Maserati’s, more powerful than the Aston Martin V12 Vantage and more power than a Nissan GTR. A GTR!!! It touches a 100kmph in 3.9 seconds and it will pin the passengers in the rear seat who would either be screaming for life or would be cursing you for making them feel nauseatic.

It is intoxicatingly quick off the line. Quattro 4 wheel drive system does make sure that you stay glued to the tarmac, in a straight line. But the same quattro system does make things a bit underwhelming with traction systems hitting in when you are going strong over corners the car generously understeers leaving you wanting for more. But it isn’t as intrusive on the track as the system in the RS7 and it is kind of strange because both the cars share absolutely similar underpinnings.

Audi RS6 Avant

The steering is a downer with electrical inputs being prominent it feels absolutely numb and has no feedback while taking on those fast corners. The exhaust note is beautiful and very Audi. It hits its sweet spot at higher rpms. But by the time you hit those revs you will be doing way above legal speeds and will have to slow down, it is something that can be rectified with a much more sonorous sports exhaust coz the V8 backfire at every downshift is simply sensational.

The brakes feel super sharp, considering the car weighs around 2 tons the brakes do a wonderful job at bringing it to a standstill.

Audi RS6 Avant

The interiors of the car are reminiscent of the A6 with all black theme and generous dashes of alcantara almost everywhere. The car we had at our disposal had air suspension fitted to it making the ride quality absolutely sublime, this along with Pirelli PZERO Corsa tires which indeed have superb grip.

Audi RS6 Avant Mileage

We made a trip down to Agra via the Yamuna expressway and had an opportunity to test the efficiency of the most powerful family car in the Audi portfolio. To our surprise the trip computer showrd an extremely good figure of 16.1 kmpl on the highway. This was due to cylinder on demand system that shuts off 4 from 8 cylinders when cruising at lower rpm and feathering the throttle.

Audi RS6 Avant

The boot space is massive, it really makes you feel that you are taking a 3 bhk on 4 wheels. With seats folded down, two adults can easily spread a matteress and sleep overnight with space for table lamps and pillow fights as well.

Audi RS6 Avant

So then, it is excessively fast, excessively spacious as it can fit wardrobes of your wife, your girlfriend and your ex all at once, it is excessively mean looking (this shade in particular), it is excessively economical when you need it to be and it sounds glorious. It has everything in excess. Absolutely no one minds a little bit more than what one gets and that probably is the recipe for real happniess.

Specs

Engine 4.0 litre V8 TFSI
Power560 hp
Torque700 Nm
Transmission8-speed tiptronic
Drive Systemquattro with Sports differential
0-100 kmph3.9 seconds
Top Speed250 kmph
Top Speed with Optional Boosting Package305 kmph
  
Length4979 mm
Width2086 mm
Height1461 mm
Wheelbase2915 mm
Ground Clearance114 mm
  
FeaturesAudi drive select
 MMI Navigation with MMI touch
 Bang & Olufsen Sound system
 Panoramic glass sunroof
 Head-up display
 4 zone automatic air conditioning
 RS sports exhaust system
 Audi Matrix LED headlight
 Convenience Key
 Reverse camera
 Driver Information system with 7 inch colour display
 RS adaptive air suspension
 RS sport suspension plus with Dynamic Ride Control (DRC)
 RS multifunction sport leather flat-bottom steering wheel in 3-spoke design
 Dynamic Steering
  
Safety8 Full size air bags
 Antilock Brake System (ABS)
 Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD)
 Electronic Stabilisation Control (ESC)
 aluminium tandem brake booster
 wave brake discs ventilated at front and rear
 brake callipers painted in high-gloss black with RS logo at front
 Electronic Stabilisation control (ESC)

Photos

Images credit – Krishna Angira Photography

 

About the author

Ishaan Bharadwaj

Ishaan Bharadwaj

Ishaan was 17 when he sold his desktop to get into a go-kart. The thrill of speed had him right then. A mechanical engineer by choice, he regularly participates in national racing championships and drives around the country in search of good food.

Email - ishaan@rushlane.com