Audi South Africa has introduced its new RS6 Avant in Mzansi market at a retail price of R1 465 000, retaining the character, legacy of its predecessors and refreshed styling.
The new Audi RS6 Avant conveys the notion of passion for performance. The driver has a maximum of 412 kW on tap, which in conjunction with the impressive 700 Nm of torque, makes for remarkable performance.
Its acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds is on a par with a super sports car. The Audi RS6 Avant is as refined as it is sporty.
The Audi cylinder on demand technology in the 4.0-litre V8 TFSI engine also ensures relatively low fuel consumption figure of just 9.8 l/100 km and an emissions figure of 223 grams/km.
Top speed with the optional dynamic package plus is 305 km/h.
The core component of the quattro drivetrain in the new Audi RS6 Avant is the self-locking centre differential.
The basic configuration of the purely mechanical planetary gear set splits the drive torque asymmetrically between the front and rear axle to promote dynamic handling.
Together with wheel-selective torque control, this allows the drive force to be distributed individually to each wheel as the driving situation dictates.
The standard quattro Sport Differential enables the vehicle to turn into corners even more spontaneously and directly. The continuously variable distribution of the drive torque between the rear wheels leads to a tangible increase in driving pleasure.
Adding to the handling dynamics, the standard RS adaptive air suspension combines air suspension with a continuously variable damper system.
As it is linked into the Audi drive select feature, the suspension can be customised across a range of characteristics.
The RS sport suspension plus with Dynamic Ride Control is also offered as an option, however unlike the RS adaptive air suspension, steel coil springs are used which leads to a firmer ride.
The design of the new Audi RS6 Avant gives no illusion as to its performance abilities. With a significantly wider front and rear track, wider wheel arches and 21-inch wheels, the RS6 Avant is unmistakable.
Being an Avant, the RS6 is like no other high-performance machine available, and along with its crushing performance, the RS6 can also be hugely practical with a large boot and flexible interior.
Being a fully-fledged RS model, the RS6 Avant has wider wheel arches, a RS specific front and rear bumper treatment, twin RS exhaust pipes and brushed-aluminium exterior treatment.
The optional dynamic package plus includes ceramic brakes, top speed of 305 km/h, dynamic steering, matrix beam headlights and sports suspension plus with DRC.
There are also a wide range of driver assistance systems available, including adaptive cruise control with stop & go function.
Audi side assist, which uses radar sensors to check blindspots when changing lanes, works closely together with Audi active lane assist, which prevents unintended lane changes.
The night vision assistant now includes even more functions, with the Audi pre sense basic safety system available as an option.