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Audi RS6 Facelift Review & Test Drive

Jul 6, 2018

OVERVIEW ;

The official details for the newAudi A6 aren’t even cold yet and already we are hearing ripples of rumors about different versions of the luxury sedan. It’s only natural that the company will follow the A6 with an S and RS (Renn Sport) version for it, so these rumors are more fact than fiction. However, while the RS version won’t be unveiled until about another two years, many people are too geeked up about it to wait that long, and this fresh rendering is proof of that.

Besides receiving an impressive exterior update inspired by the latest A7 Sportback and an even sportier interior with higher quality materials, the Audi RS6 sports sedan will also be built on the new MLP platform (structured to provide better weight distribution) that will help reduce the total weight by aprox. 220 lbs.Also, the new RS6 will drop the current V10 engine in favor of a new twin turbo 4-liter V8 engine that will deliver the same performance numbers as the engine it replaces.

DESIGN AND STYLE ;

The Audi RS6 is based on the A6 and hence a lot of styling elements on the front fascia are shared with the premium luxury sedan. The headlights have a similar shape but the RS6 Avant gets smoked lights which add a sportier feel to the car unlike the Matrix LED lights on the A6 which have a classy look. The grille is finished in black and the word quattro is written on the lower part of the grille. The bumper gets sporty bits too. The side profile is distinctly clean and reveals the long length of the Avant.

The alloys again have a very sporty design and indicate that you’re driving something hardcore. The RS6 Avant gets 35 profile tyres. The rear again has a very minimalist design with simple styling for the tail gate while the bumper with its diffuser has the tell-tale signs of a performance-oriented car. The tail lights carry a striking look. Overall, the RS6 Avant looks like a very unique sight on our roads and I may even call it a sleeper car since most people who gawk at the vehicle on the road have no clue what sort of power it beholds.

CABIN AND COMFORT ;

This model is extremely spacious from inside and can accommodate at least five passengers with ease. It provides ample leg space along with head room for all passengers. The interiors are done up in a dual tone scheme, which is further complimented by a lot of chrome inserts. Its driver oriented cockpit comes with commanding driving position and ergonomically positioned control switches, which are easy to reach. Its dashboard comes with wood insert and ambient lighting, which enhances the look of its cabin. It is equipped with quite a few features like an attractive central console, AC vents, an advanced infotainment system and a large glove box with cooling effect. The illuminated instrument cluster comes with two round shaped meters and a multi-information display that provides proper information to the driver, while traveling. It houses several features like a digital tachometer, outside temperature display, fuel levels, an electronic trip-computer, digital clock, driver seat belt warning and several notification lamps for keeping the driver updated. In terms of seating, it gets ergonomically designed seats, which gives excellent thigh and back support to occupants. All the seats are covered with premium upholstery, which further adds to the elegance of its interiors. The front seats have electrical adjustment facility along with memory setting that adds to the comfort level. All the seats are integrated with adjustable head restraints. Its rear seat has split foldable facility, which helps in increasing the boot volume of car. Apart from these, the internal cabin of this vehicle is bestowed with several utility based features provided inside the cabin like an electro-chromic inside rear view mirror, storage compartment, drink holders, bottle chiller and a couple of accessory power socket for charging mobile and other electronic devices. The leather wrapped steering wheel comes with tilt adjustment function, which is mounted with audio and call control buttons.

Like any other vehicle from Audi's portfolio, this model series is also equipped with a lot of innovative comfort features, which eventually provides a fatigue free traveling experience to the occupants. The advanced four zone automatic air conditioning unit with rear vents cools the cabin in no time and creates a pleasant ambiance. It electronically regulates the air temperature, rate of air flow and distribution to keep the ambiance pleasant. It also has separate temperature control for driver and front co-passenger and its controls are given on digital display. It is blessed with a multifunction power steering wheel that is highly responsive and mounted with audio and phone controls as well that makes it quite convenient for the driver. It is bestowed with an advanced Audi parking system plus for simplified parking and has an auto hold function that adds to the convenience factor. One of the most important features of this luxurious estate version is the presence of Audi Drive Select function featuring five different modes like efficiency, auto, dynamic, comfort and individual. Its Audi pre sense basic helps in networking the different vehicle systems that enables driving situations to be categorized and actions to be implemented for preventing occupants. The company has given it an advanced Audi music interface surround sound along with fourteen speakers including center speaker in the dashboard and sub-woofer in the rear parcel shelf. It also has voice control technology and an additional arrow display in the driver information system with eight passive speakers, total output of 80 watts, radio with triple tuner. It is equipped with phase diversity, hard drive, MP3 player and compatible for WMA, AAC and MPEG-4. The cabin is blessed with an advanced cruise control with brake intervention system that maintains the set speed constant, while dealing with obstructions ahead. In addition to these, it is equipped with several advanced features like auto release function, front center armrest, electromechanical power steering with tilt and telescopic adjustment, electrical sun blind for rear windscreen, storage package, sun blinds for the rear windows, front center arm rest, light and rain sensor, driver information system and rear view camera further adds to the comfort levels that further adds to the convenience.

ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION ;

A word on the mechanicals first. The RS6 Avant features the same engine that powers the Audi RS7. It’s a 4.0-litre twin-turbo, direct injection V8 petrol engine that makes a crazy 553bhp at 5,700-6,600rpm and 71.3kgm at 1,750-5,500rpm. The engine comes mated to an eight-speed torque converter gearbox and power is channelled via Audi’s Quattro all-wheel drive system. In typical driving, the front-to-rear power split is 40:60, but depending on the conditions as much as 70 percent of power can go to the front, or 85 percent can go to the rear. There’s torque vectoring too, for added precision.In a straight line, the RS6 is just manic. There’s no launch control here, but the all-wheel drive system allows for ballistic controlled getaways. Truth is, you can’t tire of the sheer ferocity with which the RS6 builds speed, be it from a standstill or from 120kph. Seriously, thanks to the turbos, almost the entire rev range is the powerband. As a result, explosive performance is never too far. The super quick gearbox also deserves credit here. It shifts gears without any delay, be it in full automatic mode or when operated manually via the paddle shifters or gear lever. The exhaust also adds its share of drama to the proceedings. There’s an ever-present bassy rumble at low revs that builds up to a deep-throated growl at higher revs. At its loudest setting, the exhaust will also bark and pop on gearshifts. Nice!

Around the corners, the RS6 feels superbly poised. There’s little by way of body roll and you can tell that the car has immense reserves of grip. The Quattro system means the last bit should hold true irrespective of the weather. However, for all its tenacity, the RS6 doesn’t feel as exciting as an M5 or an E63 would on the same roads. A part of this is down to the steering. Sure, it’s got ample weight when set to Dynamic but, like other Audi units, it still tends to keep you at arm’s length from the happenings at the front wheels. And that’s a bit of a downer.The RS6 comes equipped with adjustable air suspension as standard, and though our test car had the optional steel springs, it balanced out the opposing requirements for agility and comfort quite well. Yes, the ride is firm across all settings but the Comfort mode does do justice to its name — despite our test car running on wafer-thin 21-inch tyres. However, were we to spec the car, we’d stick with the standard 20-inch rims. Not only do they come with more absorbent higher profile tyres, they are also less prone to damage on our roads.

RIDE AND HANDLING ;

Audi RS 6 is a giant bully of a car. Although Audi's claiming a 198-pound reduction compared to the old car, it still weighs 4,500 pounds by the time you add a driver. It's also the biggest car in the class, measuring 196 inches long by 76.2 inches wide (excluding mirrors). For all its sophistication, you never escape the impression there's a lot of car and a lot of inertia.As a consequence, the Audi demands a textbook driving technique. Brake in a straight line, turn in smoothly, let the suspension take a set, then let the four-wheel-drive traction and vast reserves of torque drive the car out of the bend. Manage all that mass successfully and you have a car that can carry enormous speed in almost every condition.The adjustable damping really does work. In its most extreme "Dynamic" setting it's so firm as to be borderline harsh, but at its most comfortable, it does a decent job of posing as an executive sedan. The old cliché "everyday supercar" has rarely seemed so appropriate.

SAFETY FEATURES ;

The Audi RS6 Avant features massive discs at both front and rear, and large sized tyres help in stopping the car even on panic situations. It features Electronic differential lock that automatically controls the assistant of brakes on slippery surfaces. The Vehicle is equipped with anti-lock braking system (ABS) with electronic brake force distribution (EBD) and hydraulic brake assist, ceramic brakes that further enhances the overall braking system.

The Audi RS6 Avant is equipped with full size airbags for front and rear occupants. Adding to it, the car also offers side, front and head airbags for all the passengers. It is loaded with advanced safety and security features like anti-lock brake system (ABS) with electronic brake force distribution (EBD) and hydraulic brake assist and anti-slip regulation (ASR) that avoids wheel-locking and skidding during panic braking. Also on offer is the electronic differential lock that offers good control while running on slippery surfaces. Other safety features include night vision assistant, cruise control, hold assist, rear view camera, camera based limit display, child-proof lock, safety steering column, to name a few.

BOTTOMLINE ;

As I mentioned earlier, I personally love the idea of a station wagon. Five of your favorite people with the doggies sitting comfortable in the back while still having enough space for a bunch of luggage is ideal. The RS6 is undoubtedly a great car but in a country like India where people who buy something like this want a flashy car the likes of the RS7 is more interesting. That said, the RS6 is an all-rounder like nothing else. It does not have vague handling characteristics like an SUV does and still has the same space and practicality while having the kind of performance that could shame supercars which makes it a lovely package. Personally, if there is only one car you could have for the rest of your life, the RS6 could be it.