The new 2013 Audi RS 6 Avant is the epitome of performance and class, but it remains a sports car (a very high performance one) for everyday use. With a twin-turbo, 4.0L TFSI V8 engine with 560 horsepower and 516 lb.-ft of torque, the RS 6 Avant is a monster and can outrun just about any vehicle in its class. It’s too bad its only going to be released in Europe. For now.
The twin-scroll turbochargers are mounted together and host an intercooler inside the V of the cylinder banks, which helps develop pulling power very quickly. To maintain a compact design and keep the gas paths short, the exhaust side of the cylinder heads is inside the V, and the intake side is held outside the V. The RS models have a very specific engine management and intake system which helps reduce the engine’s response time. The 4.0 TFSI bellows a sporty, deep roar, which can be made louder with the flip of a switch. As an option, Audi is offering a sport exhaust system.
Boasting a 0-62 mph time of 3.9 seconds, the RS 6 Avant can outrun just about any vehicle in its class. With the standard electronic speed lock, the Avant can reach 155 mph before the engine stops. With the Dynamic package, it reaches a whopping 190 mph before shutting off. As I said, the RS 6 Avant can outrun just about any vehicle in its class.
Even with a performance engine like this, the Avant still manages to be fuel efficient, gaining 24 MPG highway. This is 40% less fuel consumed compared to the last model, which can be partly attributed to the start-stop system and Audi’s advanced thermal management. The other way Audi has reduced fuel intake is by creating a cylinder on demand system, which shuts down the 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 8th cylinders at meager engine speeds, running the car as a 4-cylinder until the engine load increases.
With engine power like this, the brakes and suspension cannot be mediocre. The Avant is the first RS model to have specifically tuned air suspension that lowers the body by 20mm. In addition, Audi is offering Dynamic Ride Control with tauter suspension as an alternative. This system utilizes steel springs and three-way shock absorbers, which are interconnected by oil lines and a valve in the center for improved stability. The brakes are 4 discs that are vented internally and are designed to be lightweight or carbon fiber ceramic brake discs. The brake calipers come in either red or black.
Performance isn’t the only thing worth boasting about for the RS 6 Avant, though. The Avant comes with 20-inch, high gloss twin-spoke wheels. The body is 20% aluminum and weighs about 220 pounds lighter than the previous model, increasing the power-to-weight ratio and improving handling.
Audi has been teasing that they may bring the RS4 Avant to the United States, so maybe they’ll bring the RS 6 Avant here too. Only time will tell.