The South African motorist has never quite taken to the styling of station wagons — unlike in Europe and many other parts of the world — but you would have to be pretty biased not to love the look of the highly rated Audi RS6 Avant.
The first iteration of the Audi RS6 sedan was introduced to South Africa in 2003 with the second generation of the Audi A6. It sold in limited volumes and featured a V8 4.2 litre Biturbo engine and Quattro technology, the engine producing 331kW of power and 580Nm of torque. The second generation of the Audi RS6 was launched in South Africa in 2008 along with the third-generation Audi A6.
This time, the engine was a V10 5.0 Biturbo producing 426kW and 650Nm of torque, making it the single most powerful Audi yet built. Following the recent facelift to the Audi A6 range this year, the Audi RS6 Avant now being introduced in South Africa retains the character and legacy of its predecessors, while offering refreshed styling and technology, making it more efficient, more attractive and more sophisticated than ever. The driver has a maximum of a whopping 412 kW on tap, which in conjunction with the impressive 700Nm of torque, makes for remarkable performance.
Its acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds is on a par with a super sports car — thanks in no small part to the 8-speed tiptronic, with its barely perceptible, yet rapid gearshifts, and the standard Quattro drivetrain, which uses a centre differential with a higher locking rate. Audi cylinder on demand technology in the 4.0litre V8 TFSI engine also ensures a relatively low fuel consumption figure of a claimed 9.8l/100 km and an Emissions figure of 223g/km. Top speed, with the optional dynamic package plus, is 305 km/h. The design of the Audi RS6 Avant gives no illusion as to its performance abilities.
With a significantly wider front and rear track, wider wheel arches and 21inch wheels, the RS6 Avant is unmistakable. Being a fully-fledged RS model, the RS6 Avant has wider wheel arches, an RS specific front and rear bumper treatment, twin RS exhaust pipes and brushed-aluminium exterior treatment. High-quality Materials abound in the interior, while customers can choose to customise the interior to their heart’s content with Audi exclusive. A full list of standard equipment is included offering a superb mix of technology and refinement.
The Audi RS6 Avant Is also extremely practical, offering 565-litres of luggage Capacity in standard configuration, which increases to a massive 1 680-litres with the rear seats folded down. The optional dynamic package plus includes ceramic brakes, a top speed of 305 km/h, dynamic steering, matrix beam headlights and sports suspension plus. There are also a wide range of driver assistance systems available, including adaptive cruise control with stop/go function.
Price: Audi RS6 Avant 4.0T FSI Quattro tiptronic — R1 465 000
— IgnitionLive Reporter