New Audi RS6 Avant revealed

A big estate that hits 62mph in 3.9 seconds? That'll be the new Audi RS6 Avant then.

By Tim Kendall | 5th December 2012

New 2013 Audi RS6 Avant revealed

The all-new 2013 Audi RS6 Avant has been revealed. For the third generation of Audi’s  unhinged hyper-estate, the power has actually been wound back a touch, but fret-ye-not dog worriers, it still boasts some eye-watering stats:

  • New RS6 features a 4.0-litre V8 biturbo with 552bhp;
  • 0-62mph in 3.9 seconds, top speed 189mph;
  • 516lb ft of torque available from 1750-5500rpm.
2013 Audi RS6 Avant front view

The new 2013 Audi RS6 Avant

Despite that headline-grabbing sub-four second 0-62mph time, the new RS6 is in fact greener and more efficient than the previous generation V10-engined C6 model. It seems a stretch to include the words downsized, efficient and 4.0-litre biturbo engine in the same sentence – but with smaller displacement and cylinder-on-demand technology, that’s in fact what it is.

How economical is the new RS6?

According to Audi, the new RS6 is a massive 40 per cent more efficient than its predecessor thanks mainly to the aforementioned tech, but also the presence of stop-start and thermal management systems. With a potential 28.8mpg, it won’t be entering any hyper-miling economy marathons, but it’s still mightily impressive considering the performance on offer.

That V8 TFSI motor is mated to an eight-speed ZF automatic with flappy paddles and closely stacked lower ratios for optimum low-down grunt – and has a taller eighth cog to aid cruising fuel economy. Not surprisingly, there’s quattro permanent all-wheel drive with torque vectoring to keep things out of the hedge and on the blacktop.

What about the new RS6’s suspension?

As standard, the new RS6 rides on air suspension with continuously adaptive damping. Sports suspension featuring steel springs and three-way diagonally-interconnected shock absorbers – as well as dynamic steering – are on the options list. Despite the fact it’s lighter (by 100kg) and less powerful than the old car, it gets bigger brakes too, with 390mm front discs and six-pot calipers standard – and 420mm  carbon ceramic discs available for a few bob more.

Visually, the new RS6 plays up to the quattro bloodline, with flared wheel arches and a smattering of RS6 badges setting it apart from the lesser S6. There’s also a split front grille featuring matt black honeycomb mesh and a rather conspicuous ‘quattro’ motif beneath the front number plate. As standard, the UK market RS6 will ride on high-gloss 20-inch forged alloy wheels, but various 21-inch designs will be on that lengthy options list.

2013 Audi RS6 Avant front view

What equipment does the new RS6 have?

Standard kit on the RS6 will include xenon headlights, LED rear lights, tyre-pressure monitoring, illuminated entry sills and an ‘RS-specific’ driver’s information system. There’s also visual and acoustic parking aids, cruise control, MMI navigation plus with MMI touch, BOSE sound system, DAB radio and Audi Music Interface. Aside from the aforementioned mechanical options, there’s a head-up display, and a 15-speaker 1,200 watt Bang & Olufsen Advanced Sound System available at extra cost.

How much does the new Audi RS6 cost?

When it hits UK shores next July, the new RS6 will wear a price tag of £77,000 – that’s before buyers delve into the options list for the various dynamic packages and extra equipment. So if you need to carry up to 1,680 litres-worth of luggage from 0 to 62mph in 3.9 seconds and all the way on to 189mph, better start saving now.

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By Tim Kendall
5th December 2012

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