2016 Audi RS6 Avant Performance

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At the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show, Audi unveiled the 2016 S8 Plus, a beefed-up sedan with 605 horsepower at its disposal and a 0-to-62 sprint that leaves behind not only the Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG, but also prominent sports cars such as the Aston Martin Vanquish or the BMW M4. As we move closer to 2016, Audi took the same drivetrain and dropped it in the RS6 Avant and RS7 Sportback. Unlike the S8, however, the RS6 and RS7 didn’t receive a “Plus” badge. Instead, they were launched using “Performance” monikers.

Naming aside, the RS6 Avant Performance marks the return of Audi’s high-performance wagon after an 11-year hiatus. Offered in a limited run between April and September 2004, the RS6 Plus had an engine that was developed and manufactured by Cosworth and took to the streets with an impressive 476 horsepower and 428 pound-feet of torque on tap.

More importantly, the RS6 Performance arrives ten years after Audi discontinued the RS2 Avant, the brand’s first RS-badged vehicle. The RS2 was co-developed with Porsche , and its turbocharged, five-cylinder engine generated 315 horsepower. A little more than a decade has passed since then and Audi’s high-performance wagon has nearly doubled its output. Find out more below.

Exterior

Audi RS6 Avant Performance

Audi RS6 Avant Performance

Audi RS6 Avant Performance

Much like the Plus models before it, the RS6 Avant Performance gained subtle visual enhancements over the less powerful RS6 Avant. Since the latter was updated for the 2015 model year, the Performance model also received the sharper front grille, the darker chrome finish, and the revised headlamps and taillights that came with the facelift.

Other than that, the RS6 Avant Performance gained only a couple of exclusive features, such as a new set of 21-inch, cast aluminum wheels and the Ascari Blue exterior paint. Speaking of colors, the wagon can be had in ten body paints, including Daytona Gray, Floret Silver, Glacier White, Misano Red, Mythos Black, Nardo Gray, Panther Black, Prism Silver, and Sepang Blue. Additionally, customers will be able to choose between an array of custom paint finished from Audi Exclusive.

Interior

Audi RS6 Avant Performance

Audi RS6 Avant Performance

Audi RS6 Avant Performance

Much like the exterior, the interior was carried over from the standard RS6 Avant. As a result of that, the wagon is equipped with bolstered sports seats that have integrated head restraints, a custom instrument cluster with black faces, white dials, and red needles, a three-spoke, leather wrapped steering wheel, and a power-retractable display for the MMI navigation system. Other standard features include four-zone automatic air conditioning, MMI navigation plus with MMI touch and the Audi sound system.

Optional features range from a head-up display and the Bang & Olufsen Advanced Sound System to various driver assistance systems, including adaptive cruise control with night vision assistant and Audi connect.

Specific Performance features include new seat upholstery in an Alcantara and leather with a honeycomb pattern

Specific Performance features include new seat upholstery in an Alcantara and leather with a honeycomb pattern and matching contrasting stitching on the armrests, control elements and floor mats, Alcantara knee pads, and carbon twill blue inlays made from carbon-fiber interwoven with a blue thread.

Cargo capacity remains unchanged from the RS6 Avant, meaning the Performance model offers 564 liters (20 cubic feet) of cargo room with the seats up and 1,680 liters (59.3 cubic feet) with the rear seats folded flat.

Drivetrain

Audi RS6 Avant Performance

Just like the S8 Plus, it’s the drivetrain that makes the RS6 Avant Performance special. Motivation comes from the same twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8 found in the full-size sedan, meaning no less than 605 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque (553 pound-feet with the overboost function) are being sent to all four corners. Power has been increased by 45 horses over the standard RS6 Avant, while torque remained the same. The maximum rpm has also been increased by 200 revs, with maximum output now available between 6,100 and 6,800 rpm.

The overboost function is activated automatically under full load if the drivetrain is set to “dynamic” mode.

The overboost function is activated automatically under full load if the drivetrain is set to “dynamic” mode. The boost pressure indicator in the RS menu turns red when the overboost is ready to deliver the extra 37 pound-feet of twist.

The RS6 Avant Performance is not just incredibly powerful, but astoundingly quick too. Sprint from 0 to 62 mph takes only 3.7 seconds now, making it two tenths of a second quicker than the standard RS wagon and a tenth second faster than the S8 Plus. The 0-to-124 mph has also been improved, now taking only 12.1 seconds versus 13.5 ticks. Top speed is limited to 155 mph, but Audi says it can be increased to 174 mph by request and to 189 mph with the Dynamic package.

Despite being as quick and powerful as a sports car, the Performance consumes only 9.6 liters of gasoline per 100 km (about 24.5 U.S. mpg) due to its cylinder on demand system, which deactivates four of the eight cylinders at low to moderate load and engine speed, thus running as a four-pot until the driver presses firmly on the gas pedal.

The drivetrain also includes a Quattro permanent all-wheel-drive system.

Just like in the standard RS6 Avant, the V-8 mates to an eight-speed Tiptronic gearbox. Audi says the transmission has been designed for maximum sportiness and that all gear changes are fast and flexible. Naturally, the drivetrain also includes a Quattro permanent all-wheel-drive system. Optionally, Audi will combine the Quattro with a rear-axle sport differential.

Stopping power comes from lightweight, ventilated brake discs that measure 15.4 inches front and rear, and use six-piston calipers. Carbon-ceramic discs that reduce the car’s curb weight by an additional 22 pounds are available.

Drivetrain Specifications

Safety

Audi RS6 Avant Performance

The RS6 Avant Performance comes with the same safety features as the standard model, including front airbags with passenger deactivation, front side airbags, curtain airbags, and seat belt monitoring. Other systems include Audi Parking Plus, tire pressure loss indication, ESC, hill-hold assist, ABS, ASR, and electronic differential lock.

Prices

Audi RS6 Avant Performance

Pricing for the RS6 Avant Performance starts from €117,000 (about $130,300) in Germany, which represents a €7,000 (around $7,800) premium over the standard RS6 Avant. Unfortunately, since the latter isn’t sold in the United States, the Performance version won’t cross the pond either.

Competition

Mercedes-AMG E63 S

Mercedes E 63 AMG S-Model

With BMW no longer offering a wagon version of the M5, the E63 AMG remains the only vehicle capable to compete against the RS6 Avant Performance. Powered by a turbocharged, 5.5-liter V-8, the E63 S comes with 576 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque on tap. Although it’s significantly less powerful than the Audi, the Merc benefits from an extra 74 pound-feet of torque, which enables it to be as quick as the RS6 Avant when equipped with AWD. The sprint fro 0 to 62 mph takes 3.7 seconds, while top speed comes in at 155 mph. Pricing for the E63 S starts from €121,667 (about $135,330, which makes it a bit more expensive than the Audi.

Conclusion

Audi RS6 Avant Performance

When a wagon cranks out nearly as much horsepower as a Lamborghini Huracan, you know it means business. If you’re looking for a fast and powerful grocery getter, it doesn’t get any better than this. Sure, the AMG E63 S packs a lot of grunt and it’s equally quick from 0 to 62, but you can’t get cocky about having more than 600 horsepower under your right foot in the Merc.

Performance and reasoning aside, the RS6 Avant Performance could also mean the beginning of a new era for Audi. According to its specs, this muscle wagon is a Plus model, but the Germans don’t want to call it that. With the S8 and SQ5 having already received Plus versions, it made sense for all similar models to wear the same badge, but it seems as if Audi wants to either replace the Plus with Performance or use two monikers for the same type of car. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what happens.

LOVE IT

  • Supercar-like output
  • Sleeper looks
  • Quicker than a Vanquish
  • Good fuel economy
  • Plenty of cargo room

LEAVE IT

  • You still need to add a lot of pricey options for the ultimate package
  • Not coming in the U.S.

Press Release

Plus performance: the new Audi RS 6 Avant performance and RS 7 Sportback performance

Increased performance and outstanding efficiency – the new Audi RS 6 Avant performance* and the new Audi RS 7 Sportback performance* top their respective model lines. Their 4.0 TFSI engine with 445 kW (605 hp) and up to 750 Nm (553.2 lb‑ft) of torque push acceleration nearly to levels usually reserved for supercars. Fuel consumption remains unchanged at 9.6 and 9.5 liters per 100 kilometers (24.5 and 24.8 US mpg), respectively, corresponding to 223 and 221 g CO2 per km (358.9 and 355.7 g/mi). These are best-in-segment figures.

Audi RS6 Avant Performance

Engine

The new RS performance models are equipped with the most powerful version of the free-revving V8 biturbo power unit with a displacement of 3,993 cc. Power output has been increased by 33 kW (45 hp) to 445 kW (605 hp), which is available between 6,100 and 6,800 rpm. The maximum rpm has thus also been increased by 200 revs. A constant 700 Nm (516.3 lb-ft) of torque is available between 1,750 and 6,000 rpm. A particular highlight of the engine is an overboost function allowing the driver to temporarily draw on up to 750 Nm (553.2 lb-ft) between 2,500 and 5,500 rpm. Overboost is activated automatically under full load if the engine/transmission setting is set to “dynamic” mode. The boost pressure indicator in the RS menu turns red when overboost is active.

The high-tech character of the 4.0 TFSI is manifested in numerous details, such as the twin-scroll turbochargers that provide for the early and rapid development of torque, the innovative thermal management and the layout of the cylinder heads. Their intake side is on the outside and the exhaust side on the inside. The turbos and their intercooler are located in the inner V. This layout results in short gas flow paths with minimal flow losses and spontaneous response.

The road performance of the new RS 6 Avant performance and the new RS 7 Sportback performance speaks for itself: The two RS high-performance models sprint like supercars from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in just 3.7 seconds, an improvement of 0.2 seconds over the respective base RS model.

They need just 12.1 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 200 km/h (124.3 mph), 1.4 seconds less than the base RS models. Audi limits the top speed in the standard configuration to 250 km/h (155.3 mph). Top speed can be increased to 280 km/h (174.0 mph) upon request, and 305 km/h (189.5 mph) is possible with the dynamic package. In the ECE cycle, the 4.0 TFSI still consumes just 9.6 and 9.5 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (24.5 and 24.8 US mpg), respectively, corresponding to 223 and 221 g CO2 per kilometer (358.9 and 355.7 g/mi).

These top figures for power and efficiency are made possible by the technological expertise of Audi and quattro GmbH. Engineering skills and long years of experience with RS high-performance models enabled further optimization of the 4.0 TFSI, from the specific engine management system with increased rpm and boost pressure to the Audi cylinder on demand (COD) system. At low to moderate load and engine speed, this deactivates cylinders two, three, five and eight by closing their valves and shutting off fuel injection. The high-performance power unit then runs as a four-cylinder engine until the driver presses firmly down on the gas pedal again. The only thing the driver notices is significantly reduced fuel consumption.

Drivetrain

The standard eight-speed tiptronic has been designed for maximum sportiness in both the new RS 6 Avant performance and the new RS 7 Sportback performance. All gear changes are fast and flexible. The highly efficient oil pump and the heating of the transmission by the engine coolant during the warm-up phase contribute to the high efficiency of the classic torque-converter transmission. A hydraulic accumulator enables the start-stop function. The driver can choose between the modes D and S or change gears manually either by tapping the selector lever or by using the shift paddles on the RS multifunction sport leather steering wheel. In manual mode, a shift indicator in the driver information system (DIS) or optional head-up display indicates the rev limit. While the lower gears of the tiptronic are closely spaced for sporty response, eighth gear is tall to reduce fuel consumption.

Audi RS6 Avant Performance

quattro permanent all-wheel drive delivers the power to the road and flexibly distributes torque as needed via the center differential. In the standard configuration, 40 percent flows to the front axle and 60 percent to the rear axle. The wheel-selective torque control intervenes as necessary. On request, Audi will combine quattro all-wheel drive with the optional sport differential on the rear axle: It uses two superposition gears to steplessly vary the distribution of the power at the rear axle between the wheels. In fast curves, it literally pushes the RS performance models into the radius.

Chassis

The front axle is a construction with five aluminum links per wheel that can handle longitudinal and lateral forces separately. The Audi track-controlled, trapezoidal link principle is used for the rear axle. The links here are also made of aluminum. Two hydraulically damped bearings join the steel subframe to the body. As with the front axle, the wheel carriers and pivot bearings are made of aluminum and the stabilizer bars are tubes.

The two new RS performance models from Audi come standard with a specifically tuned air suspension. With its dynamic setup, the RS adaptive air suspension lowers the body by 20 millimeters (0.8 in) lower. The integrated damping control varies as a function of the road conditions, driving style and the mode chosen in Audi drive select. Audi offers the tauter RS sport suspension plus with Dynamic Ride Control (DRC) as an alternative to the air suspension. It uses steel springs and three-stage adjustable dampers that are connected to one another via oil lines and one central valve each. Another option, which can be integrated into the Audi drive select system, is the dynamic steering with a continuously variable steering ratio.

With the Audi drive select system, the driver can vary the function of key components, including the steering, engine and sound management, the tiptronic and the optional sport differential, between the modes comfort, auto, dynamic and individual. New to the RS performance models is the ability for the driver to select the desired mode without taking his or her eyes off the road using a special button on the RS multifunction sport leather steering wheel, similarly to how it is done in the new Audi R8 high-performance sports car.

The new RS performance models come standard with 21-inch cast aluminum wheels. The RS 6 Avant performance gets wheels in an exclusive 5-V-spoke star design in matt titanium look with a gloss turned finish. Wheels with a 5-double-arm design are reserved exclusively for the RS 7 Sportback performance. These are also in matt titanium look with a gloss turned finish. Both wheels are optionally available in silver or gloss anthracite black, gloss turned finish.

The four internally ventilated brake discs have a weight-saving wave design, shaving nearly three kilograms (6.6 lb) compared with a brake system with conventional discs. The front discs measure 390 millimeters (15.4 in) in diameter and are gripped by six-piston calipers.

Audi RS6 Avant Performance

Audi also offers optional carbon fiber-ceramic brake discs, which all together reduce weight by an additional ten kilograms (22.0 lb). Electronic Stabilization Control (ESC) has a Sport mode that can be deactivated altogether if need be.

Exterior appearance

Diverse design details reinforce the preeminent position of the two new high-performance models. These include the sportily designed bumpers with large air inlets up front and the heavily profiled diffuser insert at the rear, the gloss black honeycomb grille typical of the RS models and the flared side sills. The RS performance-specific exterior also features a quattro logo on the air inlet duct and striking add-on parts in matt titanium look, including the frame of the Singleframe grille, the front spoiler and the lateral flaps in the air inlets, the trim strips at the side windows, the exterior mirror housings and the top edge of the diffuser insert at the rear of the car. The roof rails of the RS 6 Avant performance are also finished in matt titanium look. The familiar matt aluminum, carbon and gloss black styling packages are also available upon request. Audi offers the new Ascari blue, metallic paint finish as an exclusive option for the RS performance models.

Interior and equipment

The sportily elegant interior of the RS 6 Avant performance and RS 7 Sportback performance comes standard with RS sport seats with pronounced side bolsters and integrated head restraints. Audi offers the seats in the color combination black and blue with the optional RS performance design package. This includes new seat upholstery in an Alcantara/leather combination with a honeycomb pattern and matching contrasting stitching on the armrests, control elements and floor mats. Rounding out this interior combination are knee pads in Alcantara and Carbon twill blue inlays. This sophisticated and exclusive carbon material is interwoven with a blue thread.

The Audi exclusive portfolio allows for greatly expanded color options. For example, customers can choose a headlining in black Alcantara or leather-covered seat trim with blue contrasting stitching.

The dial instruments feature black faces, white dials and red needles. RS logos and screens adorn the key, the three-spoke, multifunction sport leather steering wheel, the illuminated entry sills, the tachometer, the large driver information system display and the power-retractable monitor of the MMI navigation plus system. When overboost is active, the boost pressure displayed in the driver information system changes color from white to red.

The new Audi RS 6 Avant performance offers from 564 to 1,680 liters (19.9 to 59.3 cu ft) of cargo capacity compared with 535 to 1,390 liters (18.9 to 49.1 cu ft) with the new Audi RS 7 Sportback performance.

Both RS performance models feature a generous list of standard equipment. Besides the specific design characteristics, this includes four-zone automatic air conditioning, MMI navigation plus with touchpad control (MMI touch) and the Audi sound system. Optional high-end features range from a head-up display and the Bang & Olufsen Advanced Sound System to the driver assistance systems, including adaptive cruise control with Stop&Go function and the night vision assistant. Audi connect brings tailored online services on board. Passengers can surf the web freely via a Wi-Fi hotspot.

Audi RS6 Avant Performance

The palette of finishes for the RS performance models includes solid, metallic, pearl effect, crystal effect and matt shades. The standard colors are Daytona gray, floret silver, glacier white, Misano red, mythos black, Nardo gray, panther black, prism silver and Sepang blue. Supplementing the choice of colors are the custom finishes and matt effect paint finishes from Audi exclusive. In addition, Ascari blue, metallic is an exclusive color for the RS performance models.

Even more performance with outstanding efficiency – that is what is behind the new “performance” model designation at Audi. The new Audi RS 6 Avant performance costs 117,000 euros in Germany; the new Audi RS 7 Sportback performance 121,700 euros. The two new models will be available at dealers beginning in November.

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