Audi RS6: You’re Avant a laugh – The Scotsman

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WITH performance figures to your Porsche-owning neighbour nervous and haunches as wide as the the Audi RS6 Avant is about as far from the staid image of cars as it#8217;s possible to Yes, you probably could fit a clock in the back for an Antiques rendezvous with Fiona but the Audi is built to warp not transport it.

There are some silly numbers at work – chiefly: 553bhp, 700Nm of 0-60 in 
3.9 seconds, an top speed of nearly 190mph if you get a bit careless with options a price tag comfortably in excess of See that matt grey on the car below? That’s a £5,675 which is nearly as expensive as the

You might think this is all a bit and I’d be inclined to agree. But shift perspective a little, think of the RS6 as a supercar with a practical and it starts to make more People pay silly money for and a boot no bigger than a so why not get three extra chairs and for the labradors into the bargain?

if you’re going to buy a brutish at least buy a brute with a This is the third-generation RS6 and it’s the one the smallest engine, in capacity at least. It features a 4.0-litre V8 in place of the previous car’s twin-turbo V10 engine which, to a lighter bodyshell and clever management, means improved economy.

In fact, says Audi, RS6 will go 42 per cent further on a of fuel than the V10 could manage – 28.8 miles of 20.2.

Helping the Audi go between fill-ups is a thing cylinder-on-demand technology. Potter in your RS6 and cylinders 2, 3, 5 and 8 will down, leaving the engine to as a more efficient two-litre V4. it’s time to press on all eight cylinders fire into life.

The switch is and only a little light on the display gives the game

Right, that’s the environment… sorted. Let’s concentrate on and speed. Although the V8 develops 20bhp less than the there’s more torque – 8 per more – and, in a car weighing a under two tonnes, that’s really counts.

The RS6 is ludicrously quick off the line, by a quattro four-wheel-drive system makes sure none of its goes up in tyre smoke.

The shows 60 in under four but the fun has just begun. While engines tail off as the rev-counter nears the red zone, the V8 keeps Switch the eight-speed gearbox to mode and, if your reaction times can’t pace with the Audi, the rev will cut in with the sound heavy artillery fire.

Top speed in a “standard” RS6 is limited to but you can ask Audi to raise the v-max to I think it involves fitting rocket boosters, or something. fast in the corners too.

The lacks the razor-sharp precision of, your neighbour’s Porsche, but the RS6 is enough to carry heaps of through the bends, aided by a quattro system which can power to the wheels with grip.

Air suspension is standard on the but our test car was fitted with optional £2,075 Dynamic which comprises conventional springs and adjustable dampers can be tweaked from the driver’s at the touch of a button. With 21-inch wheels and low-profile (there goes another the ride is best described as but fair.

Six-piston callipers and massive discs had no trouble scrubbing speed off the two-tonne Audi if you plan to spend your tearing around Knockhill in RS6, scaring your and dogs witless, you might to ask Audi to fit the optional carbon-ceramic

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And… relax. Audi always feel special and the of the RS6 is no exception. Hip-hugging sports and the chunky, flat-bottomed steering bear the RS logo, just in the face-bending acceleration isn’t of a clue as to what you’re

Standard equipment includes automatic air conditioning, a powered cruise control and a funky screen that slides out and up the centre of the dash.

I mentioned our test car’s at the beginning, and I feel I ought to it again. It’s a 15-speaker Olufsen unit and, at it costs more than a new Sandero. I was so addicted to the wuffle and of the Audi’s exhausts, I only to switch it on twice.

It played twice, which just to prove something, I’m sure.

CAR RS6 Avant

PRICE £75,500 as tested)

PERFORMANCE Max speed 0-60mph 3.9s

MPG (combined)


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