2015 Audi RS6 Avant

The Audi RS6 Avant has been the go-to choice for anyone needing a truly all-weather-capable supercar with five doors. When it first debuted, it created an unprecedented combination of AWD performance, horsepower, and practicality. Despite its powerful position in the marketplace, Audi has killed the model twice since it debuted in 2002. The first-generation car was only around from 2002 until 2004 when Audi discontinued the RS6 in favor of the smaller RS4. The mightiest of the A6 models returned again in 2008, but was gone by 2010. Finally the car returned for the last time in 2012, and it appears as though it may be here to stay. Unlike the previous models that only survived for three years, the current model is in fact going to live a long and illustrious life as Audi announced a refresh for the 2015 RS6 Avant. Please start thanking your preferred deity.

While the entire A6 family is getting a pretty thorough refresh with new engines and drivetrains, the changes to the RS6 Avant are mostly visual with the majority of the drivetrain and chassis components carrying over from the current machine.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Audi RS6 Avant.

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March 11, 2014 - Facelift Audi RS6 Avant begins testings

Audi RS6 Avant
Audi RS6 Avant
Audi RS6 Avant

Exterior

Audi RS6 Avant
Audi RS6 Avant
Audi RS6 Avant

The outside of the new RS6 Avant is more of the same, but that was to expected. This is an Audi after all. If you are like me, and you are a sucker for details, you will find lots to love about this new super-wagon. The grille has been made a bit sharper, and the bright-chrome trim that surrounds it has been replaced with a much darker finish; it gives the nose a much more menacing presence. The same toned-down effect has been added to the previously silver-painted side strakes that flanked the brake ducts. Continuing the effect of subtle changes, the silver-capped mirrors and silver roof rails have been painted black. The silver window surround trim has been painted black as well. I approve.

The most noticeable change for most people will be the new headlamps. Gone are the HID units with the curved LED eyeliner that ran beneath them. Now we have aggressive and angular LED headlights with an arrow-style LED running lamp that cuts straight through the center. The effect is pretty stunning.

The rear of the car gets the same type of changes as the rest of the machine does. All the silver and bright trim of the old car has been replaced with black pieces that tone down the aggression. The taillights are a new design that almost perfectly mirror the headlights, complete with the bright LED arrow that cuts through the center. It adds a nice dash of symmetry to the overall look. In a less noticeable change it looks like the rear spoiler and window have a subtle curvature toward the tapering edges that was missing on the last car.

Exterior Dimensions

Wheelbase2,915 MM (114.76 Inches)
Length4,979 MM (196.02 Inches)
Width (without mirrors)1,663 MM (65.47 Inches)
Width (mirrors included)2,086 MM (82.12 Inches)
Height1,461 (57.51 Inches)

Interior

Audi RS6 Avant

If there have been any major interior changes to the RS6, Audi is keeping hush. We have no detailed press photos, and no real information in the original PR blast. This isn’t because Audi is hiding some grand secret, but likely because the interior of the car is only two years old and doesn’t need any real changes. The same luxurious leather seats and various bits of aluminum trim should return along with the Audi MMI infotainment system. We have reached out for more information and will update this piece as soon as we can.

Drivetrain

Audi RS6 Avant

The secret to the Audi RS6’s popularity has been the massive powertrains that were crammed into such a practical and handsome machine. For the refresh, Audi is sticking with the exact same formula it was already using in the last model. That means a 4.0-liter V-8 with turbochargers force-feeding extra air. That boost is enough to allow the engine to produce a mind boggling 560 horsepower and 517 horsepower. With a lightweight construction based of mostly aluminum, the rather large RS6 will blast to 60 mph in under four seconds and climb to a top speed of 190 mph.

Get your groceries at warp speed.

Drivetrain Specifications

Type4.0 TFSI V-8
Output560 HP
0 to 60 mph3.9 seconds
Top Speed189.5 mph

Pricing

Audi RS6 Avant

The RS6 Avant will not come cheap, as Audi has its base price set at €108,900, which converts to $141,126 as of 9/5/2014.

Competitors

2015 Jaguar XFR-S Sportbrake

Jaguar XFR-S Sportbrake

The new Jaguar XFR-S Sportbrake take the design reigns of the sedan version and turns it into a pretty attractive wagon package. It has the same aggressive nose with the massive intakes, and the R-S badges and red-colored grille logo set it apart from other Jaguar Jaguar wagons. 20-inch alloys, a rear bumper with integrated diffuser and quad exhaust tips finish out the “angry bastard” persona.

The behatched version of the XFR-S uses the same supercharged, 5.0-liter V-8 that is tuned to the sweet sound of 543 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque. That means the 60-mph mark blows by in 4.6 seconds and the top speed rings in at 186 mph.

2014 Mercedes E63 AMG Estate

Mercedes E63 AMG

The new E63 AMG is offered in both sedan and station wagon variants, and all models are offered with permanent all-wheel drive as standard. As a first for the E-Class AMG lineup, Mercedes in offering an S-Model version that is both more powerful and faster than the standard version.

Of particular importance is the fact that the E63 AMG is the first model to feature the new AMG design language. This means we will see a new AMG "twin blade" radiator grille in silver chrome, a new AMG front apron with new, three-dimensional air deflector spans. The model has also received a new "A-wing" offered in the same color as the body and featuring a trim strip in silver chrome.

Power comes in the form of an AMG, 5.5-liter, V-8, biturbo engine that delivers a total of 550 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and a peak torque of 531 pound-feet delivered between 1,750 and 5,250 rpm. The model will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds and up to a top speed of 155 mph (electronically limited).

History

Audi RS6 Avant

When it was first launched, a lot of people noticed some distinguishable traits for the RS6, beginning with the usual RS elements, including a variety matte aluminum applications on the body and high-gloss paint applied to the protective grille, bumpers, fender, sill flares and the roof spoiler.

Under the hood, the RS6 Avant came to the party without its usual V-10 engine. Instead, Audi opted to use a new twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter TFSI 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.

Conclusion

Audi RS6 Avant

For more than a decade now, the RS6 has been one of the greatest icons for practical performance. Quattro AWD makes the best use of the engine’s mighty power in all conditions, seating for five and a large cargo area make it as practical as any SUV, and that sheer speed means you can outrun most sports cars. It is a true all-purpose machine that can handle basically any task you throw at it. There are only two problems with the RS6; it doesn’t come with a manual, and I can’t buy one here in the states.

LOVE IT
  • New more subtle look is much classier
  • Audi has not limited top speed to 155 like most cars
  • Full size wagon has space to rival many SUVs
LEAVE IT
  • No increase in power or speed for this update
  • Visual changes while welcomed, don’t feel like enough
  • Still not headed to US show rooms.

Press Release

The winner in the business class has just gotten better – Audi has thoroughly updated the A6 family. New engines, transmissions and headlights, plus a new infotainment system make the Sedan and Avant more efficient, more powerful, more attractive and more sophisticated than ever. The versatile A6 allroad quattro and the S6, S6 Avant and RS 6 sport models are also packed with numerous new features.

Audi RS6 Avant

“With the new Audi A6, we are writing the next chapter in an excellent success story. It represents innovative technology and Audi’s premium claim,” says Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Board Member for Technical Development at AUDI AG. “The Audi A6 sets new standards in many technical fields: the lightweight body containing many aluminum components, the powerful and highly efficient engines, the sporty chassis and the advanced assistance and multimedia systems.”

Sharp lines, emphasized horizontals, athletically taut surfaces – the design of the A6 models epitomizes precision and sporty elegance. It was carefully honed as part of the model refresh, with changes made to the Singleframe grille, the headlights, air inlets, bumpers, side sills, rear lights and tailpipes. Audi optionally offers headlights with LED technology or Matrix LED technology, combined with dynamic turn signals.

Thanks to its intelligent composite construction concept, the body is extremely rigid and safe. Numerous components of aluminum and hot-shaped steel form the backbone of a systematic lightweight construction concept. The new A6 1.8 TFSI has a curb weight (without driver) of just 1,535 kilograms (3384.1 lb). Vibrational comfort is excellent; cabin noise is extremely low.

Audi RS6 Avant

The sinewy style of the exterior is echoed in the car’s spacious interior. Every detail documents the uncompromising level of quality familiar to Audi drivers. Elegant colors and carefully selected materials emphasize the cultivated atmosphere. The new Audi design selection in the interior colors flint gray (A6 models) and salsa red (S6) address particularly discerning customers.

The front seats are available with optional ventilation and massage functions; the controls are simple. The MMI radio operating system and deluxe automatic air conditioning are standard. The luggage compartment of the Audi A6 Avant offers between 565 and 1,680 liters (20.0 and 59.3 cu ft) of space and many practical features. An optional sensor-controlled automatic tailgate combined with a power luggage compartment cover makes loading even easier.

The new A6 models are also way ahead of the competition when it comes to infotainment, with configurations ranging up to MMI navigation plus with MMI touch. The top-of-the-line navigation system with the power-retractable eight‑inch monitor is now based on a new technology platform that uses the fast Tegra 30 graphics chip from Audi’s partner Nvidia. The supplemental module Audi connect transfers data via the fast LTE standard and brings tailored online services into the car, including new media streaming apps.

The range of driver assistance systems is also extremely attractive, topped by adaptive cruise control with stop & go function. Audi side assist, which uses radar to check behind the car when changing lanes, works closely together with Audi active lane assist, which prevents unintended lane changes. The night vision assistant now includes even more functions, and the Audi pre sense basic safety system is standard. Important information can be called up via the optional head‑up display.

Extensively updated: the engine lineup
The engine lineup for the new A6 and A6 Avant includes three TFSI units with output ranging between 140 kW (190 hp) and 245 kW (333 hp) and five TDI units ranging from 110 kW (150 hp) to 240 kW (326 hp). All engines comply with the limits of the Euro 6 emission standard, and their CO2 emissions have been reduced by as much as 22 percent. At Audi, the most efficient gasoline and diesel engines bear the “ultra” label. Combined with the all‑new S tronic transmission, the 1.8 TFSI ultra consumes just 5.7 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (41.3 US mpg), corresponding to 133 grams CO2 per kilometer (214 g/mi). The 2.0 TDI ultra with 110 kW (150 hp) achieves the extremely low consumption figure – with no restrictions with respect to equipment – of 4.2 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (56.0 US mpg) corresponding to 109 grams CO2 per kilometer (175.4 g/mi).

Audi RS6 Avant

The top gasoline engine, the 3.0 TFSI, has been comprehensively revised. The engine developers have also completely redesigned numerous aspects of the 3.0 TDI clean diesel, which is available with either 160 kW (218 hp) or 200 KW (272 hp). The 3.0 TDI clean diesel biturbo produces 235 kW (320 hp). Another version with 240 kW (326 hp), which can be boosted briefly to 255 kW (346 hp), powers the A6 3.0 TDI competition and A6 Avant 3.0 TDI competition special‑edition models, with which Audi is celebrating the 25 years of TDI technology.

The high‑performance diesel is paired with an eight‑speed tiptronic. All other engine variants work together with either a newly designed six‑speed manual transmission that is particularly lightweight and low-friction, or a seven‑speed S tronic. In the versions with front-wheel drive, a fully redeveloped dual-clutch transmission replaces the multitronic. In engine configurations starting at 200 kW (272 hp), quattro permanent all‑wheel drive can be supplemented with the sport differential, which actively distributes power between the rear wheels.

The chassis with its sophisticated wheel suspensions also combines supreme comfort with sporty handling. The Audi drive select dynamic handling system is standard, and Audi offers a choice of two sport suspensions and adaptive air suspension as options. In the A6 Avant 2.0 TDI ultra with 140 kW (190 hp), the springs are made of glass fiber-reinforced polymer (GFRP) – an Audi innovation that saves approximately 4.4 kilograms (9.7 lb) of weight, reduces fuel consumption and improves both driving precision and vibrational comfort. The wheels measure between 17 and 20 inches diagonal.

Audi RS6 Avant

Sophisticated and masculine – 
the new Audi A6 allroad quattro
The new Audi A6 allroad quattro, which is based on the A6 Avant, features a raised body and stainless steel linings that encapsulate the underside of the front and rear ends. The design is robust and masculine, with vertical slats in the Singleframe grille. There are four 3.0‑liter, V6 engines from which to choose – the 3.0 TFSI and three versions of the 3.0 TDI. The adaptive air suspension is standard.

Sportiness to the third power: the new S6, S6 Avant and RS 6 Avant
The new Audi S6 and the S6 Avant are sports cars for everyday. The 4.0 TFSI, a biturbo V8 producing 331 kW (450 hp), accelerates the Sedan from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 4.4 seconds. The S6 Avant completes the sprint in 4.6 seconds. Average fuel consumption is just 9.2 liters per 100 kilometers (25.6 US mpg) in the Sedan and 9.4 liters (25.0 US mpg) in the Avant, the equivalent of 214 and 219 grams CO2 per kilometer (344 and 352.4 g/mi), respectively. This efficiency is due in large part to the cylinder on demand (COD) system, which only activates four of the eight cylinders when under part load.

Standard equipment in the new Audi S6 and S6 Avant includes quattro permanent all‑wheel drive and the adaptive air suspension, which lowers the body by 20 millimeters (0.8 in). Matt black brake calipers grip the front discs mounted behind the 19‑inch wheels.

The dynamic top model of the new A6 family is the Audi RS 6 Avant. The high-performance sports car for everyday driving and recreation accelerates to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 3.9 seconds and reaches a top speed of 305 km/h (189.5 mph). Its 4.0 TFSI engine produces 412 kW (560 hp), yet consumes on average just 9.6 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (24.5 US mpg, corresponding to 223 grams CO2 per kilometer (358.9 g/mi). The COD system is also largely responsible for this efficiency.

An eight‑speed tiptronic transfers the power from the biturbo V8. The standard quattro drivetrain uses a center differential with a higher locking rate. The RS adaptive air suspension lowers the body by 20 millimeters (0.8 in). Audi offers the taut RS sport suspension with Dynamic Ride Control (DRC) as an option. The large brake discs feature a weight-saving wave design, and the wheels measure 20 inches in diameter. 21‑inch wheels are available as an option.

Delivery of the new Audi A6 family will begin in fall 2014. The base price in Germany for the Sedan with the 1.8 TFSI will be €38,400; the A6 Avant 1.8 TFSI begins at €40,900 and the A6 allroad quattro 3.0 TDI at €56,650. The Audi S6 is priced at €75,400, and the Audi RS 6 Avant lists for €108,900.


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