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RS 6 Avant

FROM £98,280

  • HD Matrix LED headlights
  • 21" alloys
  • Audi Sound System
  • RS Styling
  • Mild Hybrid & air suspension
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RS 6 Avant Carbon Black

FROM £106,180

  • HD Matrix LED headlights
  • 22" alloys
  • Audi Sound System
  • Carbon Styling
  • Mild Hybrid & air suspension
RS 6 Avant  Carbon Black

RS 6 Avant Vorsprung

FROM £115,680

  • HD Matrix LED headlights
  • 22" alloys
  • Bang & Olufsen Sound
  • RS Styling
  • Mild Hybrid & air suspension
RS 6 Avant  Vorsprung

From £98,280

or from £899 per month

Audi RS 6 Avant

High performance meets huge practicality in the shape of the fourth generation Audi RS 6 Avant.

Its beating heart is a powerful 4.0-litre V8 twin-turbo TFSI petrol engine that delivers epic 600PS performance but also responsible efficiency thanks to its offering of mild hybrid drive.

Complementing its performance car power, the RS 6 Avant displays performance car looks and takes some of its design cues from the R8 with 21" alloys, flared wheel arches and sporty, intelligent RS Matrix LED headlights amongst the splendour of its standard features.

The interior accentuates the new RS 6 Avant’s sporty character with heated and ventilated Valcona Leather sports seats and a flat-bottomed, two-spoke, leather Sport steering wheel incorporating aluminium-look gear-shift paddles for fingertip control of the 8-speed Tiptronic transmission. Discreetly housed touch screen controls and a Virtual Cockpit that displays RS-specific information in crisp colour detail add the final element of sophistication.

Like the rest of the Audi Avant models, the RS 6 is just as accommodating as it is alluring. Its seats-up cargo-carrying capacity is 565 litres but its versatile, three-part, split-folding configuration means there are 1,680 litres available when the rear seats are down.

Discover the RS 6 Avant’s fantastic flexibility for yourself at your local Sinclair Audi Centre.

RS 6 Avant

Solutions Personal Contract Plan * representative example for  Audi RS 6 Avant 600 PS tiptronic subject to a 4 year, 10,000 mile per annum agreement. Monthly rental inclusive of metallic paint

Duration 4 Years
47 monthly payments of £899.00
Customer deposit £23,945.94
Total cash price of optional extra- metallic paint £0.00
Recommended on-the-road price (inc metallic paint) £98,280.00
Amount of credit £74,334.06
Optional final payment £46,695.35
Total amount payable £112,904.29
Option to purchase fee (Payable at the end of your agreement) £10.00
Rate of Interest p.a. 6.16% Fixed
Representative APR 6.2% APR
Excess mileage 48p per mile

*At the end of the agreement there are three options: i) pay the optional final payment and own the vehicle; ii) return the vehicle: subject to excess mileage and fair wear and tear, charges may apply; or iii) replace: part exchange the vehicle. With Solutions Personal Contract Plan. 18s+. Subject to availability and status. T&Cs apply. Offer available when ordered by 03/01/2022 from participating Centres. Indemnities may be required. Subject to changes in vehicle or equipment prices. Offers are not available in conjunction with any other finance offer and may be varied or withdrawn at any time. Accurate at time of publication [09/21]. Freepost Audi Financial Services.

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Independent Review

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By Line

If power corrupts, the fourth generation Audi RS 6 Avant is definitely the shadiest offering to emerge from the German marque so far. Jonathan Crouch checks out its mettle...

Ten Second Review

Estates don't come any quicker - and very few cars of any kind do full stop. The RS 6 Avant uses the 4.0-litre TFSI twin-turbo V8 with mild hybrid assistance and a thumping 800Nm of pulling power. The result is 600PS, 0-62mph in 3.6 seconds, 124mph in 12 seconds and one queasy looking Labrador.

Background

One-upmanship, the car industry is awash with it and car enthusiasts wouldn't have it any other way. If the leading manufacturers were any less hell-bent on outdoing their rivals at every opportunity, cars like the Audi RS 6 Avant would simply never have been dragged into being. There are those who will greet news of this 600PS super estate with abject horror and most right-minded observers will at least briefly entertain the possibility that Audi may have gone a shade too far this time, but you have to admire the firm's commitment. For car nuts the world over, the only thing more exciting than the prospect of climbing into an RS 6, firing up the V8 biturbo engine then administering the full beans will be the thought of what BMW and Mercedes will do to top it. Rest assured, as soon as news of the RS 6 broke, the machinations of the powers that be in Munich and Stuttgart will have been directed along similar lines.

Driving Experience

The engine in question is the same V8 already found in star cars like Audi's S8 flagship. Don't be dismayed by its extra mild hybrid tech if all you care about is performance. The 4.0 TFSI remains a thoroughbred V8 in terms of character and sound as 62mph flashes by in just 3.6s. And the driver can influence that sound using the Audi drive select system. In the new, customisable RS1 and RS2 modes accessible via Audi drive select, customers decide themselves whether the sound should be full-blooded or balanced. The standard eight-speed tiptronic auto transmission with optimised shift times and a new Launch Control function transmits the power of the 4.0 TFSI to the quattro permanent all-wheel drive system. The drive forces are distributed to the front and rear axle in a ratio of 40:60 via an all-mechanical centre differential. If one wheel slips, more drive torque automatically goes to the axle with the better traction. Up to 70% can be channelled to the front wheels and up to 85% to the rear wheels. There's also wheel-selective torque control for more agile handling, the system braking the wheels with reduced load on the inside of a bend slightly before they can begin to spin. And you get a quattro sport differential that shifts the drive torque when cornering at speed as required between the rear wheels, thus improving traction, stability and dynamics. So there's everything you need to ruin the day of that supercar driver behind.

Design and Build

The RS 6 hints at its fearsome capabilities via a predictably aggressive exterior. With the exception of the front doors, roof and tailgate, the exterior of the RS 6 Avant is different from any ordinary A6 Avant, comprising exclusively RS-specific parts, including a power-dome bonnet, a roof edge spoiler and an RS-specific bumper with rear diffuser. In hallmark RS style, the RS exhaust system flows on both sides into oval chrome-coloured tailpipes. The cabin's decorated with inlays in matt brushed dark aluminium and the centre-dash screen's 'MMI touch response' display is incorporated almost invisibly into the black-panel architecture. There's also an "RS Monitor" display that provides the driver with the option to see an overview of the temperature status of the drive components and the maximum g acceleration figures, along with information on tyre pressure and temperature in the top display. In the Audi virtual cockpit instrument cluster screen, special RS displays provide information on torque, power output, engine oil temperature, boost pressure, lap times, acceleration measurements and g forces. Plus there's a perforated flat-bottomed sport leather steering wheel that features large RS shift paddles made of aluminium and multifunction buttons that allow the driver to also directly select the new Audi drive select RS1 and RS2 modes. And, as ever with an RS 6 Avant, it's practical too. The luggage compartment has a capacity of between 565 and 1,680-litres. The sort of capacity a supercar owner could only imagine.

Market and Model

Whichever way you look at it, buyers will be facing a hefty pricetag for an RS 6 - around £93,000 - which would be a lot for a large estate car but not so much when you consider its performance credentials. Only pure-bred supercars can match the RS 6 for pace and they come with supercar pricetags and supercar practicality, rendering them out of the question for many. Whatever your view on it, there's no doubt that you'll have an easier time justifying the purchase of an RS 6 to your other half that of a Lamborghini Huracan. The RS 6 interior does a decent job of justifying the car's pricing. The standard A6 feels genuinely special inside with some beautiful design touches and real quality throughout. This gives the RS6 a solid platform which it builds on with Valcona leather ventilated RS sports seats, a flat-bottomed RS steering wheel and expensive-looking aluminium detailing. There are read-outs for turbo boost pressure and oil temperature too. The paint range for the RS 6 Avant includes thirteen colours, including the two RS-specific colours, 'Nardo grey' and 'Sebring black' crystal effect, along with a choice of five matt-effect paint finishes.

Cost of Ownership

Thanks to its new 48-volt mild hybrid electrical system, the twin-turbo V8 combines maximum performance with surprising efficiency. Audi says up to 22.6mpg is possible on the WLTP combined cycle. A belt alternator starter lies at the heart of the mild hybrid system and up to 12kW of power can be recovered during light deceleration and stored in a separate lithium-ion battery. If the driver lifts off the accelerator at a speed of between 34 and 99mph, the drive management selects one of two options. Depending on the driving situation and setting in the standard Audi drive select dynamic driving system the car recovers energy or coasts for up to 40 seconds with the engine switched off. Re-applying pressure on the accelerator instructs the belt alternator starter to restart the engine. MHEV technology allows for start/stop operation at speeds of up to 13mph. Another key efficiency-focused component is the cylinder on demand (COD) system, which at low to intermediate loads and speeds deactivates cylinders 2, 3, 5 and 8 in the high gears by switching off injection and ignition and closing the intake and exhaust valves. In four-cylinder operation, the operating points in the active cylinders are displaced toward higher loads in areas of the characteristic map with higher efficiency, while the deactivated cylinders largely run without losses, like gas springs. When the driver presses the accelerator pedal, they are reactivated instantly.

Summary

So exactly who is it that goes out and buys a vehicle capable of transporting a family of four and their holiday luggage on a sub 8-minute lap of the Nurburgring Nordschleife, overtaking a gaggle of supercars in the process? The Audi RS 6 Avant is definitely not your average executive saloon or estate and that's a given. It's a car with an awesome array of talents, from its 600PS performance to its 1,680-litre payload capacity, and one that takes the executive supercar arms race to a whole new level. Some will find the idea of a saloon or estate car with 800NM of grunt from a 4.0-litre biturbo V8 difficult to reconcile with the modern motoring age of proliferating speed cameras, spiralling fuel prices and emissions-based vehicle taxation. In the end, though, if the RS 6 buyers aren't forthcoming, the bottom could potentially fall out of this highly specialised and proudly contested market sector. That would deny car enthusiasts the world over the opportunity of seeing where those crazy Germans will go from here.

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