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First drive: Audi RS 6 Avant

Audi delivers with RS 6 Avant

The third generation Audi RS 6 Avant is a beast, end of. Yes it is an estate, but this is one that blows rivals out of the water. According to Audi it’s the UK’s fastest accelerating production estate car. So I couldn’t really say no to trying it out.

Audi RS 6 Avant Exterior looks

I drove a Daytona grey matt finished RS 6 Avant that had passersby stopping and staring. The colour also adds £5,675 onto the basic price. The Audi image is one that is strong and recent updates have kept them at the top of their game. LED headlights, matt black honeycomb grille and the RS tailpipes on the RS 6 Avant give it a ‘don’t mess with me’ look.

Audi RS 6 Avant Interior

Audi keep their interiors very simple and sophisticated. The screen appears electronically from the centre and shows the navigation, car set up and media. ‘RS’ is badged on the gearshift, Valcona leather sports seats and the flat-bottomed 3-spoke steering wheel. An aluminium finish is dotted about the car on the shift paddles, vent inserts and the dials and switches combined with carbon inlays. A power operated boot lid opens to a 565-litre luggage compartment, with seats folded increases to 1680-litres.

Audi RS 6 Avant Performance and Driving

Breathtaking would be my word to describe driving the RS 6 Avant. Forget it’s an estate, it goes like a rocket ship. The 4.0-litre V8 twin-turbo TFSI petrol engine launches from 0-62 mph in just 3.9 seconds. This puts it best in class and add a top speed of 155mph, which can also be increased up to 189mph, and 560 PS then you know this car is special. The booming noise of the engine is music to the ears thanks to the switchable flaps in the exhaust system. The option of a sports exhaust intensifies it further.

Thanks to the cylinder on demand technology (COD) and a Start-stop-system on the RS 6 Avant, fuel economy has been improved and the figure is around the 28.9mpg mark, another class leader. COD works by running on just four cylinders when driving at low speed, reducing fuel consumption by about five per cent. You don’t even notice it as the shutdown takes a few hundredths of a second. A visual sign on the instrument display shows how many cylinders you are running on.

Using an eight-speed tiptronic transmission there are three driving modes: Manual, Sport and Drive. As the first RS model to feature adaptive air suspension, the car can be lowered by 20 millimetres and the quattro all-wheel drive system makes driving the car feel very stable. You can throw it into a corner knowing that you don’t have to reduce the power to maintain traction and the lighter aluminium body assists with handling.

The black instrument panel is easy to read with white dials and red needles and additional information like boost pressure and oil temperature make the driving experience very simple. A heads-up display also keeps you focussed on the road ahead.

Audi RS 6 Avant Standard Equipment

Audi are very generous with standard equipment and on the RS 6 Avant these include: a parking system with visual and acoustic prompts, LED rear lights, four-zone automatic air conditioning and a tyre-pressure monitoring system. You will have to pay for extras like all-LED headlights and sports suspension with Dynamic Ride Control, but the standard version is plenty enough. A BOSE sound system comes as standard, but if money really is no object then the Bang & Olufsen sound system is the way forward, which will set you back £6,300.

Audi RS 6 Avant Pricing

The RS 6 Avant is an outstanding car and Audi have delivered yet again. Deliveries start in August and it’s priced from £76,985. There aren’t really any negatives about this car, apart from one...the fact I can’t afford one.