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
2013 Audi RS6 Avant
Not a lot of aesthetic upgrades on this one, but the RS6 Avant still looks like a winner.
MTM’s program also includes a new stainless steel exhaust system.
The engine upgrade nets more than 700 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque.
Don’t be fooled by this station wagon; it packs one hell of a punch.
Audi unveiled the new RS6 Avant in 2012, and it may be the best A6 ever. It is about 220 pounds lighter than its predecessor, more powerful, faster, and of course, better looking.
The new RS6 Avant is powered by a twin-turbocharged, 4.0-liter, V-8 engine that delivers a total of 560 horsepower between 5,700 and 6,700 rpm, and 516.29 pound-feet of torque between 1,750 and 5,500 rpm. This output is enough to sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds and up to an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph. An optional Dynamic Plus package will increase top speed to 189 mph.
The RS6 Avant is priced from £77,000 - about $124,000 at the current exchange rates.
Gallery Audi RS6 Avant
It’s nippy! All the MTM power pack for the Audi RS6 C7 is missing is the yellow jersey
Its full name: Audi RS6 4.0 TFSI quattro; and even it doesn’t exactly hang around when its bi-turbo eight-cylinder engine is suitably motivated. 560 hp and 700 Nm of torque make for irresistible traction. This Avant accelerates from a standing start to 100 km/h in not even four seconds. But despite that - Roland Mayer and his MTM team have done their stuff and breathed even more life into the power bundle - the current version boasts 722 hp and 885 Nm. This knocks a few tenths of a second off the sprint to 100 km/h, now achieved in exactly 3.3 seconds, 200 km/h is clocked in 11.3 seconds and on its way to its top speed of 340 km/h the 250 km/h mark is passed in a shade under 19 seconds.
At this point, Roland Mayer, who is absolutely a fan of the blessings of simulation in the development process, refers to original measurements: “we tested and measured this variant in Nardo - everything genuine, everything okay.” In a direct comparison with the C6, the predecessor with a 10-cylinder power unit, the mtm interpretation also emphatically illustrates that less can be more: “our C7 leads by a nose”, says the boss with a grin. However, this current MTM configuration for the RS6 C7 will not be the last. “The technical potential of the standard version permits different variations that we will carefully evaluate for their suitability for everyday use”, said the boss with an eye to the future.
Superiority comes at a price - in this instance as well. The RS6 4.0 TFSI quattro is your’s for 107,900 euros ex works. The price tag on the power upgrade to 722 hp is just short of 13,751.80 euros and the MTM stainless steel exhaust system with flaps in the front and main silencer worth almost 4,000 euros is included in the price. It ensures that acoustically as well it is always clear where the torque power play is headed. Soundfile (MP3).
The power is applied to the road via MTM 20” bimoto wheels. They are shod with 285/35 ZR 20 Michelin Pilot Supersports and offer appropriate feedback under load and when braking. The front axle is served by an MTM-defined Brembo monobloc six-piston braking system (405 x 36 mm) and punched brake discs. “It does a stellar job of holding it in check - even when it’s really motoring” says Roland Mayer, briefly letting the the eight cylinder engine rip then the revs fall. Looks good, with the flush-fitting wheels and carbon wing mirrors; sounds good as well with the crisp gear change intervals from one to eight, controlled by two shift paddles made of the same high-tech material. Perhaps the car’s specification should include a yellow jersey as well because following the car in front is going to be difficult in the mtm RS6 C7.