2015 Audi RS6 Avant

Slight redesign makes it more striking

"The ultimate station wagon might be the ultimate Audi," said Issam

"On public roads it's difficult to identify how, where and when the Quattro system is exercising its mastery"

"The freshly updated and face-lifted version of the world's quickest series production wagon"

"The RS6 accommodates practical buyers and admirers of tradition back to the RS2 in 1994"

Near the end of 2014, we tested the Audi RS6, which comes to our region in the form of the Avant or station wagon. Unfortunately, we don't get the sedan version. The 2014 and 2015 models are almost exactly the same, and there are not any noticeable differences in the driving impressions.

The new Audi RS 6 Avant, which was redesigned at the end of 2014, is a high performance sports car for everyday and recreational activities, and has groundbreaking performance. Its 4.0 TFSI produces 560 hp and 700 Nm of torque. It accelerates from 0 to 100 kph in 3.9 seconds. On request the top speed can be extended up to 305 kph. In the combined cycle, however, the V8 biturbo consumes just 9.6 liters of fuel per 100 km, corresponding to 223 grams CO2 per kilometer.

A key factor in this efficiency is the cylinder-on-demand (COD) system, which can temporarily shut down four cylinders during partial load operation. Active engine bearings compensate for vibrations occurring during these phases.

The power of the eight cylinder engine is transferred via a sport-tuned, eight speed tiptronic to the quattro permanent all wheel drive system, which features a further developed center differential. Audi can also deliver an optional rear sport differential.

Standard equipment of the high performance Avant, which rides on 20 inch wheels, includes RS adaptive air suspension. The dynamically tuned air suspension with controlled damping lowers the body by 20 millimeters (0.8 in) and can be adjusted by the Audi drive select system. Audi offers the more tautly tuned RS sport suspension plus with Dynamic Ride Control (DRC) as an alternative. Other options include dynamic steering and carbon fiber ceramic discs.

List of highlights on the 2015 model:
- 4.0 TFSI with 450 hp, cylinders on demand system, consumption of 9.6 liters per 100 kilometers
- Eight speed tiptronic, 20 inch wheels and wave-design brakes
- RS adaptive air suspension standard; optional RS sports suspension with Dynamic Ride Control (DRC)
- Sport exhaust system standard
- Matrix LED headlights
- Panoramic glass roof
- Comfort key
- Electric boot lid
- MMI Navigation plus with MMI touch
- Band & Olufsen sound system
- Superior leather Valcona

Verdict
It's all around the price label. If you have the pennies, drop by your nearest showroom and own a car that is really unique. Honestly, the RS6 Avant remains the hottest wagon on the planet earth, in my opinion. But for everyone else the appeal of the world's fastest wagon may prove difficult to fight.

Rivals: Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Shooting Brake, BMW M5 Touring, Jaguar XFR-S Sportbrake, Volvo V60 Polestar
Pros: gorgeous technology, astonishing performance, superb looks, extravagant interior
Cons: heavy price-tag
One word: thunder
4.5 stars

Specs:
4.0 L TFSI Twin-Turbo, 560 hp @ 5700-6600rpm, 700 Nm @ 1750-5500rpm
0-100 kph: 3.9 secs, top speed: 305 kph, fuel consumption: 9.8 L/ 100 km
8 speed automatic, four wheel drive
Weight: 1,935kg

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