Audi recently refreshed its A6 line-up and this also affected our favorite RS-model: The Audi RS6 Avant! We took it out for a review on the German autobahn and Austrian mountain roads and are happy to report that it is still our favorite fast, allround car on the market today!
Unlike the line-up for the regular A6, the RS6 did not receive any performance upgrades or enhancements. At the heart of the RS6 remains the 4.0 TFSI engine with an output of 560hp and 700Nm of torque. Dynamically the RS6 is still very much the same as the 2014 Audi RS6 we reviewed two years ago. With the major difference that our test car this time came with winter tires with a softer compound limiting the top speed to 240 km/h and making the ride slightly more comfortable.
So what has changed? Audi slightly changed the design of the 2016 Audi RS6, with changes made to the Singleframe grille, the headlights, air inlets, bumpers, side sills and rear lights. Most striking visual difference is made by the new (Matrix) LED headlights. The day-time running lights have a new and more aggresive design, in-line with Audi’s changing exterior design. Also new are the dynamic turn signals that run from the inside to outside when activated.
Inside the interior is very much as it was but under the skin of the MMI a very important component has been upgraded. The old graphics chip has been replaced with a brand new Nvidia Tegra 30 graphics chip. This makes the navigation and other infotainment functions quite a bit faster and also allows for new functions. LTE connectivity also offers new online services and media streaming apps.
Not new but worth mentioning are the driver assistances systems like Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane assist, night vision assistant and heads-up display which makes long-journeys and every day use of the RS6 even more comfortable.
Our test car came in a fiery red color and from the moments we received the keys until the moment we returned them days later it was a head-turner pur sang. Other than you might expect of a 560hp V8 sportscar the RS6 is very easy to drive, switch the Audi dynamic selecter to Comfort and anybody can drive it to work or shops every day. But the real character of the RS6 comes out as soon as you switch from Comfort to Dynamic.
As soon as you select dynamic everything tightens; the suspension stiffens, the throttle responds sharpens and best of all the tame RS6 suddenly sounds like a proper sportscar. The RS6 truly combines the best of two worlds in terms of practicality and performance. If you wish you could take it on the race track and give many two seater sportscars a run for their money.
We didn’t take the RS6 on track, but still managed to have loads of fun. During our test there was one time when we approached the start of a piece unrestricted autobahn, as soon as I passed the famous sign I put my foot down and floored it. But it felt like the car was broken, I was not pulling away from the car next to me. A rare occurance in the RS6. As soon as I looked I saw why, the car next to me was not any ordinary car but a Porsche Panamera Turbo! The first hundred meters we were right next to each other but as soon as we came up to 200 km/h the RS6 pulled away.
The Audi RS6 once again made us fall in love with it. Its the perfect combination of performance, looks, sound and practicality. No wonder it is the most sold Audi RS-model worldwide (even though its not sold in the United States).