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MTM Audi RS6 R in the test on the small circuit in Hockenheim

Frank Herzog
MTM Audi RS6 R tested on the Hockenheimring
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The force comes straight away, without further ado and unmistakably from the depths of the room. From a generous displacement of just under five liters, brewed by ten cylinders and under the pressure of two flanking turbochargers. In view of such a wide range of conditions, it becomes clear that performance is not portioned in small doses, but served with a really large ladle. An Audi RS6 Avant does not spend long with little things, whether optical or technical. Not in the series, and as an MTM derivative not at all. As RS6 R, to be precise.

At least this is how the MTM men named their black monster. Whereby the additional R is to be understood more for ample than for racing. Because there is plenty of everything. A lot of automobile, a lot of weight and, above all, a lot under the hood. When a vehicle weighing over 2.1 tons finally boasts a power-to-weight ratio of just 3.0 kilograms per horsepower, according to Adam Riese, something dramatic must happen behind the massive radiator grille. The comparatively modest 580 hp of the series are history here and now. The monstrosity of mechanical engineering, which spreads heavily over the front axle and in the bulging engine compartment, tears in the MTM trim with 702 hp and lifts a maximum torque of 785 Newton meters.

A solid mass of 2,128 kilograms

The sheer force with which the ten-cylinder presses on the crankshaft from 2,750 rpm is even still regulated, so as not to end the transmission. Given the flood of numbers, meekness does not seem to be an integral part of this system. And in fact, when you step on the accelerator it is so unabashedly down to business that it rolls up your shirt sleeves.

Sometimes unintentional, because the discreetly increased boost pressure prepares the power in an almost explosive manner and thus brings out the throttle response, which already appears somewhat digital in the series. So if the father twitches his right foot too much, then the mother will be speechless for the time being, while the boys in the back seat cheer. It seems almost outrageous how the V10 simply doesn't give a shit about the stately mass. The electronically modified incendiary device takes the 2,128 kilograms lightly. Huge 702 horses pull themPowerful hum with a deep voice and a fascinating ease in 4.3 seconds to 100 km /h and after a mere 13.7 seconds to 200 km /h.

Fat people sweat more easily

Convincing values, which are most likely not the measure of all things, because they were inevitably determined at the most inopportune time. Namely with a scorching air of 35 degrees Celsius and an asphalt temperature of 48 degrees Celsius. In this case it is actually true: fat people sweat more easily. Despite these adverse circumstances, the MTM-RS6 R is doing more than well in Hockenheim. He storms the measuring line in a slight zigzag due to the slightly higher fall values, but finds the tone that the series misses. It works: ten cylinders and turbo punch as an acoustic experience.

Deep and majestically sonorous, the five liters boom their combustion rhythm from the four stainless steel tailpipes of the exhaust system designed with a flap system. Sensitive ears may rub against the booming frequency between 2,000 and 3,000 tours. Most, however, will be inspired by the orchestral performance. At the latest when those short, dull thumps sound that announce the lightning-fast gear changes of the six-speed automatic. Serious changes regarding the required agility, however, are not to be announced. The stately car still gives in to understeer at the end of its dynamic driving forces.

The MTM-Audi RS6 R with 1.14.7 minutes on the small Hockenheim circuit

The narrow layout of the small course at Hockenheim does not really suit the all-wheel drive. Nevertheless, the wider contact areas of the 21 incher and the harder springs do not fail to work. The latter leave a reasonably tight impression, while the standard dampers that have been retained appear a bit underdamped. At least with the extreme lowering of the test car. The chassis components are a novelty: threaded sleeves above the shock absorbers allow a variable height.

The selected chassis and tire layout helps the MTM RS6 R to steer more directly. In fast corners, such as the left bend in the crossbar, even the rear pushes out discreetly. In the 18-meter slalom, the thick ship waggles surprisingly well and without load change reactions through the pylon forest and on the short course it almost takes the law of inertia of mass to absurdity. The lap time of 1.14.7 minutes is ultimately a stunner and is not only due to the same. A lot of performance may make a big difference, but in the end it is only part of the fun.


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