Audi launched the RS6 Avant in India during June 2015 for the first time at a price tag of 1.38 crore (ex-showroom, India). On 14th March 2018, the German car makers launched the latest version of this car and named it ‘RS6 Avant Performance’. The addition of this 'Performance' suffix to the title signifies it comes with added engine specification and innovative features. Now the motor generates 45hp more power, and an added 50Nm more of torque to sprint 0-100kph in just 3.9 seconds which is 0.2 seconds less than the predecessor.
According to Audi the word ‘Avant’ signifies Estate or Station Wagon and 'RS' indicate fun. It is a superhero among the cars and delivers performance in every sense. The Estate body style became an instant hit in India. In the front end, you find the signature large honeycomb grille with a Quattro badging at the lower portion along with LED matrix headlamps on both the sides of the grille. The station wagon has the flared wheel arches sporting 21-inch tyres as standard. There is a significant amount of carbon fibre sprinkling with the winged mirrors, air vents in the front, and the rear diffuser all made of carbon fibre. The fashionable shades of this car include Misano Red, Sepang Blue, Panther Black, Mythos Black, and Floret Silver.
RS6 comes with an all black and sporty interior with ample use of carbon fibre on the doors, dashboard, and the central console. Audi uses premium quality materials, and you would find more rounded styles instead of the edgy ones in the interiors. One of the drawbacks of this car is the absence of Audi’s Virtual Cockpit as well as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay in the infotainment system. The air con is smart with four-zone climate feature. The car has a massive boot of 565 litres enough for the luggage in family outings.
Under the hood, you get a 4.0-litre V8 twin-turbo TFSI engine in RS6 generating 597 bhp, while the peak torque output stands at 750 Nm. The engine remains mated to an 8-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission gearbox supplying power to all the wheels. There are three driving modes- Comfort, Dynamic, and Sport. The Comfort mode helps you to glide around the town at low speed. Though in certain conditions the low resonance makes you feel that the car is in high gear, otherwise it works fine. The Dynamic and Sports mode works wonders in highways.
The premium things never come at an economical cost, the same is the case of RS6. You need to invest INR 1.59 crore (Ex-Showroom Price, including GST) for owning this car. It locks horn with BMW M series, Aston Martin DB11, Nissan GT-R, and Porsche 911 as potential rivals.
There are several advantages of riding Audi RS6.
• The car has a superb engine which is unbelievably quick. You can reach 0-100kph in just 3.9 seconds. • The carbon ceramic brakes have immense stopping power and provide an added safety feature to the station wagon. • RS6 is the ultimate sleeper car with ample space in the front and rear end. The boot space of 565 Litres is also huge for weekend outings.
There are some disadvantages to owning RS6 as well.
• The dashboard is not of the advanced type, and the infotainment system lacks Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, which should be a standard in cars of this segment. • The middle seat in the rear end does not have much knee room like the two on the edges. • The car is pricey, and the maintenance cost is high too.
Finally, if you wish to own a performance-oriented station wagon in the INR 1.5 crore range, RS6 is the right choice for you.