Audi RS6 Avant first drive review (2013 onwards) – MSN Cars UK

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Avant first review (2013 onwards)

Audi RS6 Avant: summary

rapid but immensely likable, this be the best Audi RS6 ever?

What: 2013 RS6 Avant


2013 RS6 Avant: first impressions

the third generation Audi RS6 the pinnacle of Audi’s current RS Compared to the previous car it’s two cylinders and 20hp, but up about ft, down about 90kg and in a sprint.

It also looks a Rottweiler on a steroid binge – the it makes at full chat is primal fear encapsulated.

And the new RS6 Avant isn’t the total it might appear. Standard kit the first RS air suspension system, valving in the exhaust means low refinement is superb, and the 560hp V8 can run on half its full complement of to save fuel.

It combines the ability to dispatch in just 3.9 seconds – not to mention the speed limiter on the options – with between 565 and 1,680 of boot space. You’ll be getting the kids to school on

It’s also amongst the dual personality destroyers of we have ever driven. But it is an Audi, and the German firm’s division is the master of making in disguise.


2013 RS6 Avant: performance

Take the Audi RS6, an estate – and a saloon – powered by a twin-turbo of a Lamborghini V10. While the new V8 in this 2013 car can’t claim such exalted it is a mighty, mighty demonstration of the potency of internal combustion.

We’ve flown into for the launch, and just outside Airport is a stretch of de-restricted As a result it takes us no time at all to that the RS6 is every bit as quick as the figures suggest.

If the E63 AMG 4Matic a challenge, it seems the Quattro has stepped up

This car is a proper autobahn stormer. That grille and the bulging wheel make a serious impression on any view mirror, and though the may be 20hp down on the 580hp max of its the extra-fat 516lb ft torque is available all the way from 1,750 to

Flatten your right and, if you’re in an automatic the eight-speed gearbox will care of the rest; with the slapped sideways into you might want to grab the paddle a time or two, the ’box cedes total – or you could just enjoy the wave of torque.

Either the resulting forward thrust is – your passengers will be a decent set of neck muscles to the risk of whiplash, and the car behind thought it was keeping up with A vanishing speck. In our ‘Dynamic package’ equipped test car we saw


The Dpp gives you that – limited – 189mph top speed and while 270km/h is only we don’t doubt the RS6 would top 190 the opportunity. Even at these velocities it remains stable and Exactly as you’d want, and

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But nothing will prepare you for the it makes. If the E63 AMG edges it for melodic the Audi majors on drama – a frantic V8 snarl overlaid by a intake rush that’s a million telephone directories ripped in half, it sounds no other estate car on earth.

2013 Audi RS6 Avant: and handling

At this point love to be able to tell you about RS air suspension, but our car was fitted the optional upgrade to Dynamic Control. This uses steel springs with linked hydraulic dampers to body roll through the without completely ruining the quality.

DRC is the more traditional RS system, and an that first debuted on the RS6 back in 2002. For the most it works very well – but you want to avoid the Dynamic since it turns even smooth German road into an oscillating pogo Try Auto instead.

If the chassis was too the RS6 wouldn’t be quite so comfortable motorways

Other tricks up the big sleeve include a sport differential and Dynamic Steering, significantly modifies the car’s depending on how you’re driving it. We disliked this on the RS4. but it to behave much more here.

And while the feel the helm remains a little it’s still far less than fast Audis of and the initial understeer moment used to occasionally plague cars appears to have eradicated. If the E63 AMG 4Matic presented a it seems the Quattro division has up.

It doubtless helps that the new RS6 is so lighter than the one it replaces, plenty of aluminium and ultra-high-strength used in its construction. With the four-wheel drive delivering traction, it is a searingly rapid point-to-point machine, if not overburdened involvement.


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