What is it?

This is the Audi RS6 saloon, the four-door version of Audi’s most powerful production car. Until now, the Audi RS6 has been available in Avant form only, but with the A6’s recent facelift comes a saloon version of the twin-turbo V10.

Losing a little glass and metalwork saves 50kg over the Avant, enough to nudge the RS6 below the two-tonne mark. While an improvement, this is still mighty heavy for a car with sporting pretensions.

What’s it like?

Like the Avant, the Audi RS6 saloon’s engine and transmission is nothing short of a sensation. Despite producing 572bhp, you couldn’t ask for a smoother delivery; with 480lb ft of torque available anywhere between 1500rpm and 6250rpm.

So the RS6 does mind-bendingly rapid very well indeed and, thanks to that hugely broad torque spread, it will do so with the merest twitch of your right foot. But the RS6 saloon is equally happy mooching around on part throttle, unlike the overly frenetic BMW M5.

However, if you arrive at a corner too fast there’s no hiding from that mass; the RS6 is occasionally hesitant to change direction. And yet its blend of epic performance and a decent smooth-shifting automatic gearbox is wonderful.

Should I buy one?

The Audi RS6’s towering power and performance is hugely alluring, but there is always the sense that the RS6 is a bit of a sledgehammer – a blunt performance instrument rather than an involving super-saloon.

The trouble for Audi is that the Jaguar XFR goes on sale soon – the smart money says that it will be the more compelling car.

Jamie Corstorphine

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Re: Audi RS6 saloon

5 years 39 weeks ago

I'm not sure about in the flesh, but the pictures indicate this car doesn't have as much presence as either its Avant sibling or the RS4.

Big, fast, Audi estates have always made sense, no matter how outrageous they are. In reality though I am struggling to see the allure of this model, especially considering the forthcoming Jag.

 

 

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Re: Audi RS6 saloon

5 years 39 weeks ago

I think the only way that I would consider an RS6 (were i not penniless!) would be in avant form somewhere that 4 wheel drive mad more sense than a decent ride quality and exceptional dynamics. In saloon form it makes even less sense unfortuately compared to its more emotive rivals.

When I talk about RS6 I find myself using words like 'competant' which is to be honest disappointing when talking about a car wit 580 ps.

Re: Audi RS6 saloon

5 years 39 weeks ago

A further note is that I actually find the performance quite disappointing when considering the power involved. I followed one in a supercharged xf and to 130-40 it did not get away and did not feel any better from the drivers seat. To me the Mercedes 6.2 engine is far more exciting and evocative.

Re: Audi RS6 saloon

5 years 39 weeks ago

I don't know why but I just can't get moved by this car in either format. Not like I have the cash anyways but the RS4 was so much better rounded, and talented in a way the RS6 could only dream.

So much potential thrown in the wrong direction - IMO. Let's hope AMG's decision last week 'to end the horsepower race', really does lead to technological advancements in the right direction.

Re: Audi RS6 saloon

5 years 39 weeks ago

But smart money won't buy a Jag in first place??? It'll disappear faster than speed of light....

but to propel a 2 ton car really fast doesn't make sense anyway, like a twin turbo porsche cayanne.... why bother?? because no matter how good the engineers set up the cars, they still cannot out run the laws of physics anyway.... there bound to be flaws in these beasts when their fundementals are wrong (ie their weights)......

take the new nissan gtr.... only a decade span 2 generations & already the new one has gained 200 kg!!! sure this is a magical car to drive but you just can't help but to think why each generation of nearly all cars HAS to put on weight??? that's not advancement in technology.... that's a rip off to the buyers, as they only advertise the gain in bhp but never mentioned the weight gain.... so that's why i'm sticking to my DC2 integra type-R....

Re: Audi RS6 saloon

5 years 39 weeks ago

Fast Audi's are good cars, but to compete with the likes of M5 and E63, you need better weight distribution better ride and handling and those don't come with just adding 572 bhp!!!!, even the RS4 along with the RS6 both too heavy, no matter how much power you add, or better brakes, you still carrying that weight around corners and especially over the front axle... you can even see that from under the bonnet shot almost the entire engine is forward of the front axle...... Another point is that all recent Audi's are ugly....where BMW went for the weird futuristic look which means they got a good imagination......Audi lost its elegance and understated classiness they used to have in the previous generations. I think Audi should switch to rear wheel drive they could compete with big bimmas and big mercs....from an engineering point of view it costs less than all the development they pouring into from wheel drive platforms they get from VW....at least in the A4/A6 platfrom it could be more cost effective!!!!!!!

Re: Audi RS6 saloon

5 years 39 weeks ago

carnut wrote:
you can even see that from under the bonnet shot almost the entire engine is forward of the front axle......

- true, but as with the current A4, the next A6/7 will rearrange its engine/gearbox/clutch arrangement to move the front axle forward, helping the weight distribution and looks.

carnut wrote:
Audi lost its elegance and understated classiness they used to have in the previous generations

- arguable, but the A5 in my eyes is one of the best looking cars on the road today and knocks spots off the 3 series coupe.

Re: Audi RS6 saloon

5 years 39 weeks ago

I want this car. How hilarious it must be to out-drag M5s, 911s, R8s etc.

Jason Plato was very glowing about the S6. That I like too.

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Re: Audi RS6 saloon

5 years 39 weeks ago

horseandcart wrote:
true, but as with the current A4, the next A6/7 will rearrange its engine/gearbox/clutch arrangement to move the front axle forward, helping the weight distribution and looks.

Hasnt this all been alot of hype as the engine still sits ahead of the front axle (although to a lesser degree than previously). Also, reviews of the new A4 have said that it doesnt really move the game on in terms of handling and retains the Audi patents of nose-heavy, understeer laiden handling, a nervous ride and numb steering. Ive driven one and I agree. Only the new S4 with its rear LSD is said to be significant step forward over the previous car.

horseandcart wrote:
the A5 in my eyes is one of the best looking cars on the road today and knocks spots off the 3 series coupe.

Agreed. Especially with the must-have 19" wheels.

Re: Audi RS6 saloon

5 years 39 weeks ago

Quattro369 wrote:
Hasnt this all been alot of hype as the engine still sits ahead of the front axle (although to a lesser degree than previously).

- there is some substance to it. Engine moved 6" back/wheelbase grown 6" compared to previous A4. 57% weight distribution on front axle for FWD models compared to 60%; 55% compared to 58% for Quattro models.

On the RS6 saloon Autobild have just done a comparison test with the M5, E63 AMG and Alpina B5 S. The Audi came out top. Lapped the Sachensring('kleine Nordschleife') in over 1.5 secs less than M5. They clocked it a 4.1 secs for 0-100 km/h(0-62 mph), quite a bit quicker than Autocar's time.

http://www.autobild.de/artikel/vier-sportliche-limousinen-im-test_830872.html

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