New Audi RS6 Avant to hit the streets in 2013
The all-wheel drive Audi RS6 Avant has reigned supreme in its class for quite a while. In its third generation, the new Audi RS6 Avant, instead of the predecessor’s 5.0-litre twin turbo V10 engine, sports an eco-friendly 4.0-litre V8 bi-turbo engine with cylinder-on-demand technology that combined with the large dual twin-scroll turbochargers mounted with the intercooler inside the engine’s V bank enable a 0-100km/h time of a mere 3.9 seconds.
The new car weighs 100kg less than the previous RS6 Avant, as about 20 per cent of its body is made of aluminium and high tensile steel. As result of the new engine and body, the new RS6 Avant’s fuel efficiency is boosted by 40 per cent in regular driving cycles.
A practical five-door estate car with 1,680 litres of boot space and a four-cylinder petrol engine, its RS specific engine management system activates the dormant four cylinders and the engine makes 560PS of power between 5,700rpm and 6,700rpm, while an impressive 700Nm of torque is available from 1,750rpm to 5,500rpm.
All that power is put down on the road via the company’s legendary Quattro all-wheel drive system which in the RS6 Avant is equipped with torque vectoring, a self locking centre differential with an elevated locking value. A sport differential is also active on the rear axle to distribute power seamlessly between the rear wheels.
The large dual twin-scroll turbochargers mounted with the intercooler inside the engine’s V bank enable a 0-100km/h time of a mere 3.9 seconds.
The engine is paired with an eight-speed tiptronic gearbox with reduced shift times to make the most of the ‘Sport’ and ‘Manual’ settings, there is also a ‘Drive’ mode for normal conditions. The eighth gear improves fuel efficiency while cruising on motorways.