Audi introduced today the all-new 2013 RS 6 Avant, its latest sports car that promises to take on the mighty E63 AMG Wagon. Despite the fact that the outgoing RS 6 model has a 5.0-liter V10 engine with 580 hp, the new model comes with a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine with 560 hp (just like the new Bmw M5) and an impressive 700 Nm of torque (516 lb-ft) available between 1,750 and 5,500 rpm.
With these numbers, the new car accelerates from naught to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.9 seconds and has a top sped electronically limited to 250 km/h or 155 mph. However, this can be increased to 280 km/h (174 mph) with the optional Dynamic Package. For those who want even more, there is the Dynamic Plus Package, this can boost the top speed to an impressive 305 km/h (189.52 mph).
And because it is Audi, fuel consumption is just 9.8 liters per 100 km (24 US mpg). As expected, the car comes as standard with the start-stop system and an innovative thermal management. Furthermore, the 4.0 TFSI engine can run as a four-cylinder engine, thank to the cylinder on demand (COD) system, until the driver accelerates more strongly again. The engine is bolted to an eight-speed tiptronic transmission featuring shortened shift times.
Just like any other RS model from Audi, Quattro permanent all-wheel drive system is offered as standard. Also standard is the specifically tuned air suspension. This makes the new RS 6 the first model to offer it as standard.
The new RS 6 also features four internally vented brake discs: the front discs measure 390 mm in diameter, are gripped in black and have six-piston calipers. As an option, Audi offers carbon ceramic brake discs measuring 420 mm in diameter. Their calipers are painted in anthracite gray. Due to the use of aluminum, the new Audi RS 6 Avant weighs roughly 100 kg lighter than its predecessor.
Audi offers a tauter sport suspension plus and, instead of RS 6 adaptive air suspension, it comes with DRC or Dynamic Ride Control. This system makes use of steel springs as well as 3-way adjustable shock absorbers interconnected diagonally through oil lines and central valve, thereby improving body roll stability. Dynamic steering is another option. It features steplessly variable steering ratios and boost. What’s more, this system can be integrated into the Audi drive select and, like electromechanical power steering, it is specifically tailored for the RS 6 Avant.
Additionally, the new RS 6 Avant’s brakes offer uncompromising performance. The car has four internally vented discs that boast a weight-saving wave design and that sport a wave-like outer contour. Discs at the front have a diameter of 390 mm and they are gripped by black, 6-piston calipers. You can also choose the red brake calipers. Carbon fiber-ceramic brake discs with a diameter of 420 mm and with anthracite gray calipers are also available. Meanwhile, the ESC or electronic stabilization control features a Sport mode and it can be entirely deactivated, too.
Coming as standard in the Audi RS 6 Avant are high-gloss, 20” forged wheels in a 7 twin-spoke design. And available as an option are 21” cast wheels, which come in three versions: polished black, polished titanium-look, and high-gloss silver.
Furthermore, the car’s body plays an essential role in terms of handling. The body is roughly 20% aluminum and it includes several high-strength steel components. In addition, the new RS 6 Avant weighs around 100 kg lighter than its predecessor. Its enhanced power-to-weight ratio helps generate better handling with better performance and less fuel consumption.