A new performance version of the Audi RS 6 joins the model variant from November 2015, prices start at £86,000.
Customers will take delivery of their 597bhp RS6 Avant in February 2016.
The 4.0-litre TFSI V8 engine reaches 62mph from rest in 3.7 seconds – stretching to an Autobahn speed of 189mph. A new overboost function temporarily increases the standard torque figure from 516lbs ft to 553 lbs ft. The standard RS6 performance is restricted to 155mph, unless specified as part of the dynamic package plus.
Taking into account the uprated performance figures of the RS6 performance, the 4.0 TFSI has been engineered to deliver best-in-class economy figures of up to 29.4mpg.
The standard eight-speed tiptronic transmission has been tweaked to work more effectively with the engine’s performance increases. The driver can select D and S modes or change gears manually, using the gear lever or the steering wheel mounted paddles.
Permanent Quattro all-wheel drive delivers a 40:60 ratio between the front and rear axles and wheel-selective torque control intervenes as it sees fit. There is a standard fitment of a sport differential acting on the rear axle, which enables active torque distribution between the inside and outside wheel.
In the dynamic set up, the standard RS adaptive suspension lowers the ride height by 20mm into an even more hunkered-down poise. Integrated damping control varies, depending on road conditions, driving style and mode chosen in Audi drive select.
There is a good deal of individuality available in Audi drive select. The driver is able to choose settings which alter the steering, engine and sound management, tiptronic transmission and the sport differential. The RS performance models have a special button on the RS multi-function steering wheel which makes the Audi drive select configuration process even quicker – choosing between auto, comfort, dynamic and individual modes.
Subtle design cues pick the RS6 performance apart from the standard RS6 Avant. These include: accentuated bumpers with large air inlets, heavily profiled rear diffuser, black honeycomb grille, and flared side sills.
Inside, things are just as subtle but leave enough clues to expect more serious performance. RS super sports seats with pronounced side bolsters and integrated head restraints are standard and upholstered in Alcantara and leather with a honeycomb pattern.
We didn’t think it could get more serious…