What is it?
This is the latest version of the Audi Sport flagship, a car that over the years has become the default daily driver for the extremely well-heeled in a hurry.
These owners tend to have barns filled to the rafters with exotics, but they tend to choose the Audi RS6 Avant for everyday duties, with the fast four-wheel-drive estate delivering just the right balance of down-the-road dynamism and discretion. We’ve already driven it in the US (where it's available for the first time after nearly 20 years), but now it’s time to find out how it fares in the UK.
While previous generations were as much about subtlety as speed, this latest one struggles to blend in. At the front is a vast, gaping grille that's flanked either side by large vents clearly influenced by basking sharks at feeding time, while the trademark wheel arch blisters increase width by 80mm over the standard A6 Avant (only the front doors, roof and tailgate are carried over). There are also LED headlights that do a natty ‘look at me’ strobe when you unlock the car, plus a pair of huge oval tailpipes.
Our test car’s arresting visuals were further enhanced by its Nardo Grey paint and gargantuan 22in alloys, which amazingly seem only just big enough to cover the optional carbon-ceramic brake discs (one of many extras that took our car’s total price to almost £135,000 – yikes!).