The 2014 Audi RS 6 Avant is an unbelievably fast machine, but performance isn’t all what this car has to offer. What the test drive reveals, is how versatile the Audi RS 6 actually is. This ultimate family performance wagon comes standard with two sportily molded rear seats. A three-person bench seat is available as an option. The new Audi RS 6 is only available as an Avant model offering a bit boot which holds up to 1,680 liters (59.33 cu ft).
The RS-specific design details include new bumbers and large roof spoiler. At the rear, the diffuser and the two large, elliptical exhaust tailpipes reveal what this car is all about. If you want to enhance the looks even further, there are two optional appearance packages available; Matte Aluminum or Carbon. With this Carbon appearance package, the front splitter and the diffuser are even more boldly shaped and there is also the quattro badge on the central front air inlet. The new Audi RS 6 Avant comes standard with high-gloss, 20-inch, forged wheels in a seven twin-spoke design. Optional 21-inch cast wheels are available in three versions: high-gloss silver, polished black and polished titanium-look.
The impressive performance is being delivered by the 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8. From its displacement of 3,993 cc, the 4.0 TFSI provides 412 kW (560 hp) between 5,700 and 6,600 rpm, and 700 Nm (516.29 lb-ft) of torque between 1,750 and 5,500 rpm. Although the new Audi RS 6 Avant is a big family wagon, it can accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds. The 4.0 TFSI is paired with an eight-speed tiptronic transmission. The lower gears of the tiptronic are tightly spaced for sporty performance, while a tall eighth gear reduces fuel consumption. The automatic transmission offers D and S modes, or you can make shifts manually via the shift paddles on the steering wheel or the selector lever. Naturally the RS 6 Avant comes with the quattro permanent all-wheel drive. The sport rear differential, which distributes the power steplessly between the rear wheels, is available as an option.
The fuel consumption has been reduced by roughly 30 percent compared to the previous model. The combined fuel consumption is just 9.8 l/100 km (24.00 US mpg). What makes this possible is the new downsized engine, standard start-stop system and innovative thermal management. The RS 6 Avant also features the cylinder on demand (COD) system. At low to intermediate loads and engine speeds, it shuts down the intake and exhaust valves of cylinders 2, 3, 5 and 8. The changeover from four to eight-cylinder operation takes just a few hundredths of a second, so it is very hard to notice while driving.
The new Audi RS 6 Avant is the first RS model to come standard with an air suspension. Air suspension sounds a bit strange choice for a car this powerful, but it actually works pretty well. The system combines the air suspension with controlled damping. With the Audi drive select, driver can choose either sportier or comfortable setup. The sportier dynamic setup lowers the body by 20 millimeters (0.79 in). As an alternative to the air suspension, RS 6 Avant can also be specified with the sport suspension plus with Dynamic Ride Control (DRC). The sport suspension system uses steel springs and three-way adjustable shock absorbers.
Big and powerful car also needs lots of braking power. The front brake discs of the Audi RS 6 Avant measure 390 millimeters (15.35 in) in diameter. The internally vented discs feature a weight-saving wave design with a wave-like outer contour. The front discs are gripped by black, six-piston calipers. Red brake calipers are available as an option. Another option are carbon fiber-ceramic brake discs measuring 420 millimeters (16.54 in) in diameter.
- 412 kW (560 hp) / 5700-6600rpm
- 700 Nm / 1750-5500rpm
- 8-speed automatic
0-100km/h / 0-62mph
- 3.9 seconds
- 250 km/h
- 9.8 l/100km
- 229 g/km