Audi RS6 Avant: One Minute Test Drive
04 March 2009
Author: Tom Webster
Category: Upper medium P11D price: £77,275 Key rival: BMW M5
What's new: The RS6 is the most powerful estate car in the world. Its 580PS 5.0-litre V10 engine roars to 62mph in just 4.6secs.
Excellent: The engine. The sheer brute force powering this car means it is as quick as Audi's flagship supercar, the R8. It accelerates rapidly at any speed and sounds magnificent.
Good: Despite all this power, the RS6's looks are remarkably understated. There are only a few tasteful tweaks to the standard A6, meaning you avoid unwanted public attention. Average: .but 20.2mpg on the combined cycle ensures you'll be well known at your local petrol station. The 80-litre tank means filling up with premium will be a pricey experience. Poor: Running costs are astronomical. Also, pop the suspension into 'Sport' mode and your back'll never be the same again. Verdict: Try as you might, it's hard to justify owning the world's most powerful estate car at any time, especially in a troubled financial climate.
Audi RS6 Avant 5.0-litre 5-dr auto P11D price £77,275 Model price range £24,760-£77,725 Fuel consumption 20.2mpg CO2 (tax) 333g/km/35% BIK 20/40% per month £451/£902 Service interval 9000-19,000mls Insurance group 20 Warranty 3yrs/60,000mls Boot space (min/max) 565/1660 litres Engine size/power 4991cc/580PS Top speed/0-62mph 155mph/4.6secs On sale now Score 7/10 Verdict A true monster that hides quietly under the guise of an everyday estate. Handle with care.
Verdict A true monster that hides quietly under the guise of an everyday estate. Handle with care.