There are few cars that can be termed as a complete car and the 2014 Audi RS 6 Avant is such a car. From taking the family out, doing grocery runs or tearing down Kalba twisties, the RS 6 is sure to leave one grinning from ear to ear. Apart from its abilities, you need to have a look at the stance of it; it looks perfect from all angles. The folks from Ingolstadt have upped their game once again.
2014 Audi RS 6 Avant Review | Ultimate Family Car Bruiser
The third generation of the RS 6 is available only as an Avant which is Audi’s term for an estate car or more commonly known in this region as a station wagon. But hold on, station wagon you say?? Yes that’s right, the RS 6 is a station wagon; but just have a look at its stance, its flared arches and big rims. This is not a mere run-of-the-mill soccer mom transporter but I would think that the missus would be quite happy in using this tool. The RS 6 is not that different from A6/S6 Avant variants either. You need to have a look online on the European models and really have to squint your eyes to find the changes. Up close and personal, it’s quite different. The car sits lower and wider and has a dark and sinister aura to it. A natural nemesis to the BMW M5’s and Mercedes-Benz’s E63 AMG, the new RS 6 ditches the V10 and gets all sophisticated with the beautiful yet a beastly new twin-turbo 4.0L V8 which produces 560hp and 700Nm of twist and all expertly laid down on the track thanks to their legendary quattro system. Although being slightly lower on horsepower as compared to the second generation RS 6, the new RS 6 is lighter and has more torque enabling it to sprint to 100kmph at a mind boggling 3.9 seconds, that’s around 0.7seconds faster than its predecessor.
The RS 6’s sprint from 0 to 100kmph in sub 4 seconds is done despite weighing north of 2,000 kilograms. More astounding is the fact that one does not need to have racing experience to get such times. It’s Audi’s clinical execution of power to the tarmac that turns a novice into a racing god. Let’s face it; any car that can cross the 100kmph mark in less than 4 seconds is special. The RS 6, despite being a true family sedan in its Avant format, falls in the same league as the Ferrari’s, Aston’s, Gallardo to name a few. It’s so true, I had a short stint against an FF over the weekend and the Audi RS 6 kept its pace and did not let the FF walk away; as a result the driver of the FF rolled down his window and gave a thumbs up, all this while hauling my bi-monthly groceries safely tucked away in the rear. Going for grocery runs has never been this fun!!
Perhaps what’s more incredible other than its immense traction off the line is its push from high speeds. Many sports car tends to fizz out in acceleration at higher speeds but the RS 6 just downshifts and kicks it in. The speed is scrubbed of by excellent brakes. The RS 6 also features petal shaped disc rotors which save on un-sprung weight and at the same time being very effective in taming down its momentum. But isn’t this what we all expect from an Audi that too one that wears the RS badge? Yes, but this RS 6 feels rather more special which I will explain below.
The new RS 6 only comes in Avant, which as mentioned above is a touring format. Somehow to me the lines and size feel complete. The natural stance of the RS 6 is breathtaking and not shy in communicating intense visual pleasures. The bright red and black trims stand out. As with the RS 4, the soundtrack from the exhaust could be dialed all the way out while keeping the rest of the handling and power delivery in comfort mode. Stephan Reil, General Manager of quattro GmbH rightfully described it when he said “we generate that noise by burning expensive fuel.” Yes, he was rather bullish by hinting at certain other manufacturer which feeds in artificial sounds from its speakers; but expensive fuel??? Thankfully we live in Dubai where fuel is cheaper than water and that makes it a sacrilege to even think of switching the exhaust note off. Just keep the exhaust to dynamic at all times. The pop and bang while downshifting and the constant deep growl while accelerating is just the sensation one needs to be immersed in at all times.
Audi’s have always been known to handle especially those equipped with the quattro system. The A6 and the S6 are superb machines, able to carve its own niche at the Hatta mountains. The RS 6 takes that to a new level. The grip in tight corners is good but with a slight tendency to under-steer, this however is quickly overcome with a quick jab of the throttle and prompts the rear to step out a bit and the front pointing to the right direction. It is brutish enough to tear down the highways and the occasional curves but what’s incredible about it is that it rather comfortable on the road. The suspension is slightly on the harder side but nothing close to what we would expect from its handling capabilities. This is a car that would comfortably sit 4 passengers comfortably while drag racing against, well against cars that would cost twice or more than it.
The RS 6 has a demonic trait when provoked but is dressed to impress. It will surprise many supercars in a drag race and would make them humbled. A beauty and a beast wrapped up in a sensible, everyday use package. I reckon this is the car that would satisfy all my needs, it’s a Swiss army knife in automotive terms so to speak.
|2014 AUDI RS 6 AVANT 4.0 TFSI quattro|
|Displacement||3993 cc twin-turbo V8|
|Rated Output||560 hp|
|Rated Torque||700Nm between 1750 – 5500 rpm|
|Transmission – type of gearshift||8 speed, AWD|
|Acceleration 0-100 km/h||3.9s|
|Max Speed||280 kmph (limited), 315 kmph de-restricted|
|Price (AED)||450,000 (starting), price as tested 516,000|
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