2013 Audi RS 6 Avant on sale in Australia, priced from $225,000

Audi has announced pricing and local specifications for the heart-throbbing new Audi RS 6 Avant. This is the company’s most powerful four-door vehicle currently on the market, featuring a new twin-turbo V8 engine.

2013 Audi RS 6 Avant-Australia

Power comes from a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8, replacing the previous 426kW twin-turbo V10 derived from a Lamborghini unit. Despite the drop in two cylinders and a drop in power, down to only 412kW, torque is increased from 650Nm to a whopping 700Nm.

As a result, acceleration from 0-100km/h is handled in just 3.9 seconds. This kind of supercar-like performance is partly thanks to a comprehensive quattro all-wheel drive system which uses an active centre differential and sport rear differential, as well as an eight-speed tiptronic automatic transmission.

The main reason for the V8 replacing the V10 is down to economy and emissions. The new V8 returns a very respectable average fuel consumption rating of just 9.8L/100km, which is a 30 per cent improvement on the previous model.

2013 Audi RS 6 Avant-rear

Economy improvements are bolstered by a new cylinder management system which is able to shut down four cylinders under low-load conditions. This technology is a first for an Audi RS model.

Standard highlights for the epic wagon include adaptive air suspension which is able to lower the A6-based rocket ship by 20mm, eye-opening 21-inch alloy wheels, an extensive in-car multimedia interface with digital TV reception, head-up display, a panoramic glass roof, LED headlights, and of course all of the interior and exterior trimmings you’d expect on a RS model.

Orders are being taken now with deliveries commencing in October. Tasty options are as follows:

Dynamic Package – $4900

  • RS Sport suspension plus with Dynamic Ride Control (DRC)
  • Dynamic Steering
  • Top speed electronically limited to 280km/h

Dynamic Package plus – $25,840

  • Ceramic performance brakes
  • RS Sport suspension plus with Dynamic Ride Control (DRC)
  • Dynamic Steering
  • Top speed electronically limited to 305km/h
  • Carbon styling package – $8500
  • Radiator grille and frame in high-gloss black
  • Funnel-shaped air intake in carbon, with quattro logo in titanium grey
  • Roof rails in matte black
  • Front sill in carbon
  • Rear diffuser insert in carbon
  • Front air intake in high-gloss black with diagonal struts in carbon
  • Door mirrors matched to body colour

Assistance Package – $10,375

  • Night vision assistant that highlights pedestrians
  • Audi active lane and side assists with adaptive cruise control incorporating stop & go and pre-sense plus
  • Park assist