Audi RS6 Avant in the test

Achim Hartmann
Audi RS6 Avant in the test
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D he value is a sensation: 3.5 seconds . The new Audi RS6 Avant takes exactly that long to accelerate from zero to 100 km /h. A thick ship weighing over two tons with a maximum of 1,680 liters of cargo space and an electrically operated tailgate, which has two cylinders and 20 hp less than its predecessor, but accelerates it to the ground.

A luxury transporter that many Think sports riders are as dynamic as a mountain boot. But even a McLaren 12C is only 0.2 seconds faster. How does the Audi RS6 Avant do it?

The Audi RS 6 Avant with improved aerodynamics

The Audi RS6 Avant has slimmed off over 100 kilograms, 50 Nm more torque and a launch control for its ZF machines. What is already common practice with dual clutch transmissions is still one of the absolute exotic with automatic torque converters. The launch control in combination with the permanent all-wheel drive (crown gear differential) like the Nissan GT-R makes the best of the high weight: contact pressure for almost perfect traction.

Blessed with this starting advantage and improved aerodynamics roars the four-liter V8 so vehemently against the horizon that even a 997 Porsche 911 Turbo would lose out from zero to 200 km /h: 12.2 seconds. The old V10 model would only be there at 180 km /h - at least with a somewhat nastier and more exclusive Lamborghini sound backdrop.

Good Handling for a heavyweight

But the predecessor of the Audi RS6 Avant was already decried as a mono-gifted longitudinal accelerator. One who gets going on the autobahn like the devil, but whimpering understeer at the first roundabout that is approached a little more quickly. The V10 was as heavy as a VW Golf VII on the front axle and reduced the weight distribution to an unfavorable 58.7 to 41.3. The newcomer is slowly approaching the parity ideal at 55:45.

Provided that the braking point is not too late, he is surprisingly agile and direct for such a hunk. The electromechanical steering misses some feedback and is either a little too difficult (sport) or too easy (comfort), but the handling of the 2-ton Audi RS6 Avant is impressive.

Fastest series station wagon in Hockenheim

Which does not mean that the Audi RS6 Avant does not understeer at the limitjust much later than before. As it should be for a real four-wheel drive, the accelerator pedal is allowed to make contact with the ground very early when exiting a curve. The biturbo also satisfies discerning engine-sound gourmets with gibbering thrust and sputtering at double-declutching.

Objectively, it sets a time of 1.13.7 minutes on the small course in Hockenheim. A serial station wagon has never been so fast on the Palatinate race track. However, the tires suffer a lot from the heavy weight after a hasty lap. The ceramic brakes, on the other hand, cope with the racing speed without complaint and without fading - the predecessor RS6 used to have to struggle more with the kinetic energy to be destroyed.

For a surcharge, the Audi RS 6 Avant runs up to 305 km /h

Anyone who then makes their way home comfortably over moderately smooth country roads will be surprised at how well the suspension responds before it reveals its sporty, tighter character when dry.

That will be on the motorway Audi RS 6 Avant experience either sobering - runs into the limiter at 250 - or performance: With the dynamic kit costing 12,900 euros (with sport differential and ceramic brake) it runs up to 305 km /h.


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