The Audi A6 is a full size executive sedan from the German luxury automaker that was introduced to replace the Audi 100 in 1994 and is currently in its fourth generation. Powered by everything from the tiny 1.8T four cylinder to V8s with Fuel Stratified Injection, the A6 competes head to head with the BMW 5-Series. While an M5 may be in the same league as the S6 powered by a Lamborghini derived 5.2 Liter all aluminum V10 that made 429 HP and 398 lb-ft of torque accelerates from 0 to 60 MPH in 5.2 seconds and runs the quarter mile in only 13.5, but BMW has nothing on the 572 HP Biturbo RS6.
German tuner MTM has always been one of the most successful Audi tuners in the world, so when news comes out that it is hard at work on another program, we all stand up and wait for the project to finish.
Well, the latest one is done and its got a pretty intense engine upgrade, to say the least. This is the Audi RS6 Avant and, while it doesn’t inspire the kind of break-neck power and fancy aesthetics that seemingly all station wagons carry with them, MTM made sure that this RS6 Avant packs a wallop of an engine upgrade.
The engine remains the same, which is to say that the RS6 Avant is still powered by a 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V-8 engine, but MTM went to work on tuning it. This tune resulted in an increased output of 722 horsepower and 652 pound-feet of torque — a dramatic increase from the RS6 Avant’s standard output of 560 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. With this significant upgrade in tow, the RS6 Avant is now capable of hitting 62 mph in 3.3 seconds, 124 mph in 11.3 seconds and a top speed of 211 mph.
At the corners, the RS6 carries MTM 20-inch bimoto wheels wrapped in 285/35ZR20 Michelin Pilot Supersport rubber. Up front, this hopped up wagon features an MTM-exclusive Brembo monobloc six-piston braking system with 405-by-36 mm (15.9-by-1.4-inch) discs.
This massive engine modification program does come at a cost with MTM charging €13,751.80 ($18,504.42) for the treat of getting the RS6 Avant’s output up to the 700-horsepower range.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2013 Audi RS6 Avant by MTM
The Audi RS6 Avant has been in the tuning headlines recently. So much so, that we are starting to wonder if so many owners think it is subpar or if tuners are just starting to recognize that it is ripe for tuning.
We’d like to believe its the latter because the RS6 really is a masterful piece of work. Aftermarket companies are right to be interested in the vehicle, and no more so than one of the biggest Audi tuners in the world: ABT Sportsline.
A day after it introduced a new program for the S3 Coupe, ABT is following it up with its own take of the high-powered German wagon . Unlike the S3 Coupe program, this RS6 Avant was given its share of distinguishable aesthetic upgrades, specifically the addition of new carbon-fiber mirror caps. A stainless steel exhaust silencer system was also installed, as well as new suspension springs, and a new set of either 20- or 22-inch wheels.
Those are some nice additions, but we all know that ABT Sportsline prides itself on its impressive performance programs, and this RS6 received quite a load. From the standard 560 horsepower and 519 pound-feet of torque numbers of the RS6’s 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine, ABT was able to drive it all the way up to a staggering 700 horsepower and 652 pound-feet of torque, allowing the sports wagon to now hit 62 mph in just 3.4 seconds to go with a top speed of 199 mph.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2013 Audi RS6 Avant by ABT Sportsline
Normally, European tuners don’t pay too much attention to an aftermarket show like SEMA , but every so often, some do make the trip across the pond. This year, one of Germany’s biggest tuning firms will be in attendance at SEMA, and it’s not only bringing a program to the event, it’s actually announcing its plans to expand its business into the U.S.
But before ABT officially sets shop in Los Angeles beginning next year, the German tuner will be at SEMA to introduce its new program for the Audi A6 .
Billed as the Audi AS6, ABT Sportsline’s programs for Audis have become legendary. The same can be said for this new AS6 program, which comes with a plethora of new aero components, including an ABT front spoiler, fender inserts, side skirts, carbon-look mirror covers and a rear spoiler that was installed in combination with a rear skirt kit.
As far as power upgrades are concerned, the AS6 also boasts an upgrade that turned the output of the A6’s 3.0-liter, TDI engine to an impressive 286 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque. That’s an impressive spike from the sedan’s original 240 horsepower and 428 pound-feet of torque.
As far as ABT Sportsline’s invasion of America, the company will be looking to put its stamp on Audis in America the same way it’s been able to do in Europe, where it’s considered one of the best Audi tuners.
“We look forward to being part of the SEMA’s 50th anniversary party," Hans-Jürgen Abt, CEO of ABT Sportsline, said in a press release. "With the ABT AS6, the more than 100,000 trade visitors at one of the globally most successful automotive fairs can see a perfect, detailed and dynamic total package."
Click past the jump to read about the 2014 Audi A6
You may think that folks at Audi headquarters are rather busy developing all those cool models, but they always find some time for a little play. The above video outlines their latest play session, as they set up a paint-ball game between the new Audi RS6 Avant and free-running supremo, Damien Walters.
Of course, the one having the most fun is Ex-Stig, Ben Collins, who was chasing Walters around in the Audi RS6 Avant. We’re pretty sure that both men had tons of fun, but Collins got to do so behind the wheel of a super-powerful wagon.
It doesn’t really mater who actually won this game, all it maters to us is that Collins put on one heck of a show behind the wheel, and we enjoyed every second of the game.
Click past the jump for two more videos from behind the scenes of the game.
The all-new Audi RS6 sedan is great and we already know pretty much everything there is to know about it. The new RS6 Avant, on the other hand, remained a relative mystery since details of it first leaked. As time went on, our patience wore thin and we managed to dig up some information on it to wet our hot-hatch whistle a little.
Now that we have pretty much found out all of the important details and even found some rather official-looking leaked images , Audi has lifted the veil and released the RS6 Avant’s details. We didn’t expect to see the RS6 Avant’s information until the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, so we are wondering if Audi released this information willingly or if its hand was pushed by the automotive industry’s prying eyes.
Sure, we’ll go ahead and take some credit for this early information release.
Updated 12/11/2012: Audi has released a trailer video for its new RS6 Avant. The video shows the new sports wagon in action on the road and offers an idea on how the engine under the hood sounds like. Enjoy! Oh, and what a glorious sound it is. Enjoy!
Updated 08/09/2013: Audi unveiled a new commercial video for its RS6 Avant. The idea behind the commercial is that with every RS6 Avant you will also have parts from the R18 Le Mans Prototype racecar.
Click past the jump to read all of the intimate details on the 2013 Audi RS6.
The Audi A6 Avant isn’t necessarily the most awesome model that the German automaker offers, but it is one of just a handful of luxury wagons available on the market. However, when Audi introduced the new 3.0 Biturbo engine with 313 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque, which affords it a 5.3-second 0-to-100 km/h (62 mph) sprint and a 155 mph top speed, we couldn’t help but take notice.
Apparently, Senner Tuning took notice too, as it just introduced a tuning package for the A6 Avant 3.0 TDI Biturbo that takes the A6 Avant to a new level. The tuner installed its Stage 2 tuning kit for the 3.0 TDI Biturbo engine, a sport air filter and a power convertor for the drive-by-wire system to help boost its output to 374 horsepower and 572 pound-feet of torque. Though Senner did not disclose the performance numbers of this retuned A6 Avant, we estimate it at 5 seconds to 100 km/h (62 mph) and a top speed of 180 mph.
With this boost in power, Senner also chose to increase its adhesion to the road. It started off by installing a KW Street Comfort coil-over kit that drops the A6’s ride height by 30 to 55 mm (1.18 to 2.16 inches). Senner also gives buyers the choice of two 9.5-by-20-inch wheels — Varianza T1S or Sword SC1 — with high-gloss black on the faces and high-gloss anodized beads. The rims are wrapped in 255/35R20 Vredestein Ultrac Sessanta rubber.
Other than the custom wheels and the lowering kit, the A6 ’s exterior remains unchanged, making this the perfect sleeper kit for any owner.
If you want to buy a high-performance station wagon, there are not too many models to choose from, but the Audi S6 Avant is definitely a very good option. In its standard setup, the S6 Avant boasts a 4.0-liter V-8 engine with a total output of 420 horsepower and 550 Nm (406 pound-feet).
Sure, those are rather astounding numbers for a wagon, but this beast can get even more powerful, the only question is where to turn to get a nice boost. ABT Sportsline is happy to answer your S6 -tuning query with its performance kit that adds another 180 horsepower and 200 Nm (147 pound-feet) to the V-8’s final output.
As a result, the AS6-R now pumps out a total of 600 horsepower and a peak torque of 553 pound-feet, which is 40 horsepower and 37 pound-feet more torque than the base RS6 Avant. The ABT AS6-R can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in less than 3.9 seconds, to 200 km/h (124 mph) in 12.9 seconds and up to a top speed of 310 km/h (192 mph).
Click past the jump to read more about the Audi A6 by ABT Sportsline.
The Audi A6 includes some new features and options for 2014 to invigorate sales of the aluminum-bodied luxury sedan. The U.S. market has been a bit of a dud for the new-shape design since its arrival as a 2012 model. That is not stopping its prospects elsewhere in the world.
The lengthened A6L is China’s most popular limousine by far. Everyone knows Chinese businessmen like the ride in the back seat. There’s much more to that preference than image and prestige.
Here are two little-known facts:
It is much easier and cheaper to pay someone to drive you to and from work in China than it is to park in urban centers.
The same businessmen who ride in the back during the week usually drive the car themselves on weekends, so the cars need more dynamic prowess than many believe.
Once these factors are considering, the option of a luxury shuttle for about $20 a week sounds great. Many Americans would jump at the chance to do the same thing.
That is not how we operate, however, so the A6 comes to our shores ready for a knock-down, drag-out brawl with two of the most competent luxury sedans on the market, the Mercedes-Benz E350 and the BMW 535i .
Do the A6’s luxury cockpit, advanced engines and sophisticated design offer enough incentive to lure conquest sales from other German brands? The company sure hopes so and even offers a $1,500 bonus to Mercedes and BMW drivers when they buy an A6 (or many other Audi models).
Click past the jump for the full review of the Audi A6 2.0T and 3.0T with highlights on new-for-2014 features and options.
German tuner, ABT Sportsline, has prepared an aggressive offensive for the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. Alongside the RS5-R and the R8 GT-R , the tuner is also going to unveil a kit based on the S6 Avant. In total, the three packages are delivering an amazing output of 1,860 horsepower, so it looks like ABT’s stand is going to be very crowded.
With its new tuning package based on the S6 Avant , ABT wants to prove that even an everyday car can be transformed into "an invincible super sports car."
The standard version S6 Avant is powered by a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine that produces 420 horsepower, but ABT managed to increase this output by 180 horsepower to a total of 600 horsepower - an output that makes it even more powerful than the RS6 Avant, which delivers a total of "only" 560 horsepower!
Full details will be unveiled during the car’s official debut in Geneva.
According to a report from AutoBlog.nl, rumors are circulating that Audi is working on a Sportback version of the A6 that will feature the same e-tron technology that the recently axed R8 e-tron featured, on a less massive scale, of course.
This hot hatchback is rumored to make its debut at the 2013 IAA in Frankfurt and will feature a 300-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-banger with 100 ponies worth of electric motor added to it. This would give the A6 e-tron a total of 400 horsepower, just 20 horsepower short of the mighty 2013 S6 … not too shabby.
For now, these are just rumors that we take with a healthy serving of salt, given the on-and-off R8 e-tron. Regardless, this sounds like one bad-ass concept to say the least.