Review: Audi RS6 (2013 – 2019)
New Audi RS6 gets less powerful 4.0-litre V8 rather than 5.0-litre V10 of its predecessor but has faster acceleration and better economy.
Economy of 29mpg means you'll spend a lot of time at the pumps.
Audi RS6 (2013 – 2019): At A Glance
A big estate with more than 550PS that can out accelerate most Porsche 911s. It doesn't seem like an obvious car to build but if anyone is going to do it, you can count on Audi. So step forward the mighty RS6. Yes it doesn't make much sense, especially given the price tag and how expensive it is to run, but that doesn't prevent this from being one hell of an estate.
It's powered by a new 560PS 4.0-litre V8 TFSI variable twin-turbo, which despite being smaller than the outgoing 580PS V10 is quicker and more economical. So acceleration from 0-62mph takes just 3.9 seconds while economy is 28.8mpg. That's even more impressive when you remember that this is a five seater estate that weights almost two tonnes.
The RS6 comes with an eight-speed tiptronic transmission with quicker shifts, plus Sport and Manual modes, just like the smaller RS4. It's also the first Audi RS model to feature adaptive air suspension, which incorporates tricks such as being able to lower the body by 20 millimetres and damping that electronically takes into account road conditions and driving style. Sports suspension with Dynamic Ride Control is also available.
On the road the RS6 is impressively sedate at low speeds - for a performance machine it's incredibly refined making it easy to live with day to day. Of course when you do want an injection of pace, the RS6 never disappoints with instant response and thunderously quick acceleration. That's accompanied by a lovely deep exhaust note while the brakes are equally as impressive at bringing everything to a halt.
As the high performance model in the A6 range and with a price tag of more than £75,000 it's no surprise the RS6 comes with pretty much every bell and whistle on it. Standard equipment includes xenon plus headlights, LED rear lights, a tyre-pressure monitoring system, illuminated entry sills, cruise control, four zone automatic air conditioning, MMI navigation plus, DAB and an excellent BOSE sound system.
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Audi RS6 (2013 – 2019): What's It Like Inside?
The interior of the RS6 has the usual Audi quality we've come to expect with a solid and upmarket feel along with great fit and finish. There are plenty of touches to make it stand out from a standard A6 cabin including the flat-bottomed three-spoke multifunction steering wheel and illuminated plates on the sills. There are also aluminium pedals and switches while the trim across the dash is piano black. Black headlining is standard but silver or black Alcantara finishes are available as options.
The RS sports seats are a real highlight with their integrated headrests and large side bolsters which do a great job of holding you in place through corners, yet they're still forgiving enough to be comfortable on long journeys. The standard seat trim is a honeycomb-quilted Valcona leather in either black or Moon Silver but options include a combination of black Alcantara and leather. Electrically adjustable comfort seats with a memory function are avaialble as an optional extra.
As this is an A6 Avant, it's still a very practical car with generous passenger space, particularly for those in the back, along with a large and useful boot. Standard space is 565 litres while you can drop the seats and boost that to 1680 litres. There's the clever Audi luggage system too which includes a bar that slides on two parallel rails and an adjustable strap to keep items in the boot secure. Given the acceleration of the RS6, it's pretty handy.
Standard equipment includes an RS-specific driver’s information system, parking system plus with visual and acoustic prompts, cruise control, four-zone automatic air conditioning, MMI navigation plus with MMI touch, BOSE sound system, DAB radio and the Audi Music Interface (AMI). Optional extras include head-up display and the Bang & Olufsen Advanced Sound System with 15 speakers and 1200 watts of total power.
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What's the Audi RS6 (2013 – 2019) like to drive?
- Engines range from 4.0 TFSI quattro to 4.0 TFSI 605 quattro Plus
- Readers report Real MPG to be between 21–29 mpg
It's no surprise that the centrepiece of the RS6 is its amazing V8 engine. Not that this is a car that's merely about power but with 560PS it's hard to ignore the sheer performance available from this big estate. That maximum power comes in at 5700rpm but what really makes the RS6 so strong is the 700Nm of torque which peaks at just 1750rpm. It's a huge wave of power that effortlessly propels the RS6 from 0-62mph in just 3.9 seconds and it feels every inch as quick as the figures suggest.
The maximum speed is electronically limited 155mph but you can up this to 174mph by choosing the optional Dynamic Package or if you want to go all out the Dynamic Plus Package increases it to 189mph. This is all pretty pointless in the UK apart from bragging rights but if you regularly want to push your car to its maximum on the German Autobahns, it will mean not much can keep up.
Replacing the V10 of the old RS6 with a V8 may seem a backward step but the V8 is not only more powerful, it's also more responsive thanks to two large twin-scroll turbochargers. The 4.0-litre TFSI unit sounds great too with a lovely low resonance on start up and a real burble when you accelerate. It makes tunnels much more enjoyable.
As well as being more powerful, the new engine is also more efficient. It's fitted with a cylinder on demand (CoD) system, an engine start-stop system and thermal management technology. The result is improved fuel economy at 28.8mpg. It's better but it's still far from great, however the RS6 does have a 75 litre fuel tank.
This RS6 is also lighter than before by 100kg helped by more aluminium in the body. Not only does this have benefits for economy but it also aids the handling. The standard A6 already handles well so the RS6 had a good base to work from, yet it's still impressively agile for a what is a big two tonne car. Thanks to the quattro four-wheel drive, traction is immense, even in the wet, and it really gives you confidence when accelerating out of a slow corner.
You can throw the RS6 into a tight bend and the sheer amount of grip and the lack of bodyroll will always amaze you. It feels like a much smaller and lighter car. The steering does lack feel somewhat, however putting the drive select system in Dynamic mode stiffens it up considerably, although it's not the most natural of steering set-ups.
The ride makes up for it though. While this is an immensely fast high performance car, it's not stripped out racer. It's as refined as a standard A6 Avant and at low speeds feels relaxed and comfortable. That's helped by the adaptive air suspension - this is the first RS model to be fitted with such a set-up. It lowers the body by 20mm and incorporates controlled damping which takes into account road conditions and your driving style.
As an alternative, sports suspension plus with Dynamic Ride Control (DRC) is also available. This uses conventional steel springs and three-way adjustable shock absorbers. Dynamic steering is another option and lets the driver alter the ratio and boost of the steering. This system can be integrated into Audi drive select and, just like the standard electromechanical power steering, is tailored specifically for the RS 6 Avant.
|4.0 TFSI 605 quattro Plus||29 mpg||3.7 s||223 g/km|
|4.0 TFSI quattro||29–29 mpg||3.9 s||223–229 g/km|
|4.0 TFSI quattro Avant||29 mpg||3.9 s||223 g/km|
Real MPG average for a Audi RS6 (2013 – 2019)
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