Audi recently launched the RS6 Avant in India. The car was unveiled by Audi India MD, Joe King and Indian cricketer Virat Kohli, who is a popular customer of the German manufacturer. Here are eight things you need to know about Audi RS6 Avant’s introduction in India.
1. The RS6 Avant is based on the A6 Avant estate and powered by a 4.0-litre, twin-turbo V8 TFSI engine, capable of producing 560 hp and 700 Nm of torque. The power is transmitted via an 8-speed tiptronic transmission to all the wheels of the car. This is the same engine unit found in the RS7 Sportback.
2. Despite being a station wagon, the RS6 can propel from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.9 seconds and has an electronically limited top-speed of 250 km/h. If the consumer opts for the Dynamic Package Plus, then the speed-limit is incremented to 305 km/h.
3. The RS6 Avant is the first high performance wagon launched in India and naturally, has no direct competitor. “Embodying our philosophy of ‘Vorsprung durch Technik’, the Audi RS6 Avant is the first sports car in India with an Avant body style,” King stated at the launch. He further added, “Having set the trend of many firsts…we believe it’s about time to introduce the Avant to luxury connoisseurs in the country.”
4. This is the fourth sports car launched by Audi India this year. The R8 LMX, TT Coupe and RS7 Sportback are the other three. Audi will launch a total of 10 new models in 2015 as it fights with Mercedes-Benz for the spot of the highest selling luxury car brand in India. Audi ended 2014 with more sales but Mercedes piped its rival in the first quarter of 2015- selling 3566 units from January to March, compared to Audi’s 3181. Following the RS6 Avant, Audi plans to introduce the facelifts of Q3 and A6 and the new Q7.
5. The RS6 Avant is priced at INR 13.5 million (ex-showroom, Delhi). At the current exchange rate, this translates to somewhere around $210,000. In the United States, the RS6 Avant is sold for $140,000. Wondering the reason for the inflated price in India? The car will be brought to the country as a Completely Built-up Unit (CBU) and thus will have an import duty in excess of 100 per cent. Local assembly of the cars brings down the tax bracket to 60 per cent. However, Audi only produces the A3, A4, A6, Q3, Q5 and Q7 locally in India. Premium models like the A8 L, A7 Sportback, RS7 Sportback, S4, S6, all variants of the R8 (includes V10 plus, Spyder and LMX), TT Coupe, RS5 Coupe and now, the RS6 Avant, are imported.
6. The RS6 Avant is a very versatile car- giving it a unique and distinguished image. It has the acceleration of a sports car but with a good ground clearance and enough space for five people. The boot capacity stands at 565 litres. Audi’s Quattro System makes the car suitable for both a track day or a trip to the hills.
7. The RS6 Avant has Audi’s Cylinder-on Demand (COD) technology. This means that during part-load operations, the car runs on four cylinders. This saves fuel and brings down CO2 emission. The car consumes 9.6 litres of petrol every 100 kilometres.
8. Audi India’s head, King commented about the car, “Groundbreaking performance and supreme dynamism combined with excellent suitability for everyday use are the impressive features of the Audi RS6 Avant. With its low, flowing roofline, the Audi RS6 Avant is a sure head turner from every angle. We are confident that the elegant dynamics of the car will appeal to auto enthusiasts seeking style, speed and luxury.”