Audi RS6 Avant

13 Jun 2014 | Author: | Comments Off on Audi RS6 Avant

Audi RS6

Avant (February

The V10 heart from a raging has been plumbed with turbos to create the world’s powerful wagon. But is 426kW too for twisting Tassie tarmac?



If somebody had an inkling to for roads that replicate the RS6‘s home turf Germany’s wide- open of unlimited autobahn where and speed rule absolutely they’d be well advised to the west coast of Tasmania. about the roads down is predictable apart, perhaps, their ability to throw out for the overconfident and incautious.

Speed signs at the entry to turns are conspicuous by their absence, and the in corners is often warped and by logging trucks, carpeted … furry beasts and with gravel on their edges. And you can never quite on which side of the road Giles will be approaching in the direction. Just the place to a 426 kilowatt, two tonne-plus monster of then.

And yet, of course, if you had to anywhere in Australia to go for a drive, would be it. That’s why the Targa features a number of stages on very roads every although pace notes and oncoming traffic must raise confidence levels. of Tasmania’s charm is its lack of (less than half a people live on an island the size of Belgium), and even anywhere west of Hobart has the density of an AFL final at a Sydney

And twice as much entertainment.

from the scenery – from the Englishness of towns New Norfolk and Ouse, to the mossy meadows near Cradle – the diversion comes the sheer audacity of the car itself. has already availed itself to V10 to produce the S6 and S8 sedans; now the bar has been in an effort to trump the BMW M5 and Mercedes-Benz E63

To achieve this, Audi and re-tuned the 5.2-litre V10 from Gallardo – you can do that you’re the boss – and it into the A6’s engine This wasn’t especially as the engine is quite compact, and the calls for a longitudinal donk.

But Audi’s engineers didn’t there. They added a to feed each bank of ran them at a maximum of 23psi pressure, and suddenly had outputs of and 650Nm. And, like Audis carrying the RS nomenclature, one’s a wagon.

A booted is on the way, arriving early year just in case still some potential worried about being for Clark or Ellen Griswold. Or Edna, for that matter.

a little deeper under the RS6 engine lid and there’s evidence is far more than a straight swap. Apart from the plumbing and different internals for a compression ratio – high at 10.5:1 – the capacity has been down-sized to 5.0 compared with the Lambo’s because forced induction after any concerns about delivery.

Grunt is just as as power, with the peak of arriving as low as 1500rpm, and there’s no end of that has gone into its including direct fuel and valve timing that is variable on inlet and exhaust 42 degrees of crankshaft angle. is via a dry sump to alleviate packaging and concerns.

Transmission is via a conventional auto driving all four while the mechanicals are clothed in a subdued body measuring a 4.93 metres. It’s noting that despite the stumpy 670mm length ancillaries) every gram of its mass hangs over the axle line. That be balanced by the Avant’s extra areas and longer roof at the rear, but all-up weight is not including me.

In terms of acceleration, that is tempered (or more accurately, by an engine output equating to one for every 4.8 kilograms, so performance verge on the extraordinary. Audi the RS6 will hit 100km/h from in 4.6 seconds, and we were just a off that pace during testing at Oran Park. The big storms the standing 400 metres in seconds, recording a 186km/h speed.

With the auto in the RS6 brushes aside the 80-120km/h test in a scant 2.7 seconds.

are one thing, and as I drive past the hydroelectric power station on the Highway between Hobart and I note that its output of 90 is only 211 times that of the even if its carbon outputs are a lot Anyway, I’m more in what this engine car) can do and, unsurprisingly, it can time.

Squeeze the throttle and whatever to be minutes down the road arrives within a heartbeat. of the spatial and temporal dislocation from how quiet the car is – noise is limited to a distant most of the time with an odd of deeper bass on upchanges, and noise is almost non-existent but mainly because acceleration is available, always massive. The and elasticity of the power delivery, just above idle to means instant surge.

Audi RS6

As an this is one of the few cars in which I myself constantly using the gearshift paddles instead of the auto look after itself. In the RS6, it’s to do your own downshifts because if the kicks down a cog or two by its own devices, the torque jump is enough to you out of a corner on the wrong side of the or into the back of a logging

Which could be quite given the RS6 Avant is a $271,000 or around $30,000 more an M5 sedan or an E63 Estate. To be fair, it has power than either and little in terms of kit, if adaptive cruise and carbon-ceramic are options.

Still, it’s difficult to the RS6 with luxury when you the ride quality on the more of Tasmanian road surfaces. damper settings are offered, and a struggle to work out which is comfortable. So-called ‘comfort’ well enough on moderately open roads with absorption of road shock, but far too much body float and movement for hard cornering.

The setting – ‘dynamic’ ties things down better for greater handling but the ride quality becomes firm, while ‘sport’ such bone-shattering harshness teeth will splinter. Hit a in the road, and the damping rebound is to … your lunch out of ears.

This would be if the RS6 was one of the world’s best handling but it falls short of that. entry speeds are likely to be given there is an infinite to accelerate from one corner to the That’s no criticism of the brakes 390mm six-piston jobbies at the – which stop and barely fade, just one of judgement.

But all that weight forward of the axle inevitably means a of enthusiasm to turn in, a fair of understeer once it does, and on softer suspension settings the end wobbles and breaks loose especially if a quick direction is needed. More than I thanked the ESP for saving the day, and enjoyed the frustrated growl of the V10 as it was back by the stability control’s

As I said, tight and lumpy aren’t the best place for an because on open and flowing it is poised and relaxing; an irresistible There’s other stuff not perfect about the car: the MMI (Audi i-Drive) at speed easy, and the Euro-spec stereo is at picking up AM radio.

But for sheer thrills, the ability to eat distance, the dependability of the car and day-to-day useability of the style, it’s hard not to the RS6 awesome. Give me a smooth and I might even love it.

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