Old RS6 owners might take some persuading, after all the previous generation car with its phenomenal twin-turbocharged V10 is a very tough car to follow. But, like lots of manufacturers out there, Audi is on a pretty evident downsizing movement with its engines so it’s no surprise that the motor in the new RS6 has lost 1-liter and a pair of cylinders in the quest for more “efficiency.” So while the charismatic V10 howl that accompanied the old RS6 may be gone, there has been only a small power drop as the 4L twin-turbo V8 develops 11 HP less than the V10, with 560 HP on tap. However there is more to this new engine than power figures as it manages to mate those 560 horses to a far more humane thirst for gasoline. The new RS6 returns 24 mpg (9.8 L/100 km), which if you compare it to the old car is a substantial improvement. Add to this a series of other very convincing figures, like a top speed of 189 mph, a 0-62 mph time of 3.9 sec, a towering flat torque curve of 516 lb/ft (700 Nm) available between 1,750~5,500 rpm, it quickly becomes obvious the RS6 is still very much a tough contender for the BMW M5. Plus with the RS6 available in Avant guise from the get go, it’s obvious this car will continue to reign high as the king of wagons. Needless to say we can’t wait to get behind the wheel of this beast and report back on how it performs.
-Dino Dalle Carbonare
Bring it to North America I'm tired of the plastic clad wagons we get trying to be SUV's ( all road! Like I'm driving my 60 grand+ car offroading to go camping, it will be destroyed in my world. )
Yes, I love it,but it's a total mindfuck,why I should buy slower rs6,if I can buy 2013 s6,which 0-62mph time of 3.7...
And how much does that weigh? The old RS6's were really heavy.But I still think the coolest Audi wagon is the RS2...
Having had the chance to drive an S8 with the 520hp version of this engine today I cannot wait for this to come out!
"The new RS6 returns 24 mph (9.8 L/100 km)..." <-- I think you meant to type "MPG."
Seriously, does nobody proof these posts before they go out? It's been typo-madness this week.
it may be faster and more fuel efficient, but its no e63 wagon, which in my view is the king of that class, it just doesn't quite have the character
"RS6 is still very much a tough contender for the BMW M5. "
... but with so much more swagger! I love my Audi's.
@JackOlson Yeah most German manufacturers do take some curious choices when it comes to the US market. I never quite got why...
@LouisYio Well those CTS-Vs are pretty good cars...especially when you bolt big superchargers on lol
@Ikazuchi Thanks for pointing it out. We try to do out best but with the amount of stories we are pumping out this week these sort of things happen. We are only human. Anyway I blame auto-correct LOL
@777 I'd say the CLS63 Shooting Brake would be a better choice, looks far better than the hearse-like E-class IMO :)
@777 Powerplant wise I agree, but not even 590 ft lbs from the performance pack could make me bring that thing home to mama, it's uglier than sin... and power plant wise the rs6 is making 140hp/liter to the merc's sad 100hp/liter... I realize hp isn't everything, but Ferrari can get 110hp per liter without forced induction.
@volvohoon They do?
@SVT_Bryan But less fun (for the Audi)
@speedhunters_dino How dare you be human! They're the worst kind of people.
@speedhunters_dino it may well be, but i have always liked a "big" wagon, i learnt to drive in a big v8 holden wagon so cars of that ilk hold some sentiment
@speedhunters_dino I know of 2, but have heard of more... although it was maybe an overstatement to say 2+ out of 660 is most