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

July 31, 2013

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.

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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.

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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

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.