We’ve wanted this piece of Audi Sport forbidden fruit forever. Now, the 2021 Audi RS 6 is coming to a showroom near you!
Even Audi knows how special the Audi RS 6, more than any other RS car or SUV. The title of the press release is as follows: The fourth generation of the RS icon: the new Audi RS 6 Avant. We thinks it’s clear enough.
In order to fully understand the Audi RS 6, a lesson in Audi Sport is necessary. The philosophy behind each one of these cars and SUVs is as follows: performance, prestige and exclusiveness with full everyday practicality. The first-ever Audi RS was the fabled RS 2 Avant followed by the RS 4 Avant to finally, the ultimate sleeper Autobahn destroyer, the C5 2002 Audi RS 6.
Based in the A6 family, the RS 6 elevated the midsize luxury station wagon to supercar levels of power and performance. This new Audi RS 6 is no different except that it is very different. For this latest generation of the seminal RS car, Audi Sport has visually tweaked it to not only endow it with a sportier flair (understatement of the decade) but to differentiate it enough to further broaden its appeal. Obviously, as the car wasn’t drool-worthy enough…
Upon first impressions, the new Audi RS 6 looks wider, squatter, and squarer than you expect. Audi’s done an indescribably amazing job at lowering the car’s body, fitting it with 21-inch (22-inch optional) wheels and tightly wrapping the bodyshell around everything. The best visual cue is the portion of the fender over the wheels – it’s incredibly narrow, wide and the way it meets the unique bonnet blow my mind.
Speaking of wide, the Audi RS 6 Avant is a full 80mm wider than the A6 Avant, as it is flared out 40mm on each side. This is the tell-tale sign that there’s serious business going down over here. One of the subtle details involves the RS 6 sporting A7 headlights, unlike all other A6s. Between them is the new gloss-black three-dimensional honeycomb Singleframe grill which is but one element that makes the RS 6 look as though it is travelling at warp speed when sitting still. Another are the “D” pillars which are inspired by the Audi 200 turbo Avant – they’re stretched out far towards the rear of the car. At the other end, the rear diffuser and its unique shape give the RS 6 a, dare I say it, a Lamborghini supercar feel and texture.
This is a madman’s work of art and I don’t think I’ve ever been this swooned by a car.
The cabin has also evolved, and now features the same twin-screen setup as the recently reviewed 2020 Audi Q7. The fact that this is an RS car means it is entitled to an “RS monitor” and RS displays in the standard Audi virtual cockpit. There are now new RS1 and RS2 programmable drive modes and the high point is the new Cognac colour leather interior.
Now, let’s be honest, the real highlights is the stuff we don’t necessarily see but hear, smell and feel with our senses.
The new Audi RS 6 is powered by a 4.0-litre TFSI twin-turbocharged V8 which is coupled with mild hybrid technology. The V8’s output is nothing short of 600 PS (592-horsepower) and a whopping 800 Nm (590 lb.-ft.) of torque. The car’s kinda quick, mashing the 0-100 km/h (62.1 mph) sprint in only 3.6 seconds. 200 km/h arrives in 12 seconds and top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h. But it’s not the top speed – with the dynamic package, the family-hauler hits up to 305 km/h or 189.5 mph.
About the mild-hybrid technology, it consists of a 48-volt electrical system, a belt-alternator-starter and a 12-kW battery. All said, fuel economy can improve by up to 0.7L/100km but that’s not really important.
Assisting the V8 is an army of high-tech features aimed at making this the fastest, most agile and properly-handling long-roof in the world. The 8-speed automatic works with the quattro AWD system which normally splits torque 40:60 under normal use. Depending on drive modes and the driver, up to 70% Of the power can be diverted to the front or up to 85% to the rear. With this, the wheel-selective torque control and the quattro sport differential can shuffle power in whatever way in order to maximize all-out performance.
Then, it gets better. The standard RS adaptive suspension drops the car 20mm compared to the conventional A6 Avant and, at speed, will lower the car a further 10mm. Optionally, the RS sport suspension plus with Dynamic Ride Control (DRC) relies on steel springs and adjustable dampers for the sharpest driving experience imaginable.
Finally, the new Audi RS 6 will optionally be delivered with dynamic all-wheel steering as part of the dynamic package and dynamic package plus.
We don’t know about you but the RS 6 if one of the cars we most look forward to driving in the coming year. It’s up there with the Porsche Taycan and C8 Chevy Corvette – the fact that it’s a station wagon puts it over the top for us.
The new Audi RS 6 is expected in the 3rd quarter of 2020. Pricing is not yet known but expect to be over the $100,000 mark with options launching it up to near $120,000.