Here’s why the 2022 Audi RS6 is the best all-around performance car ever made
The 2022 Audi The RS6 is the modern interpretation of the RS2 Avant or station wagon. Released in 1994, the RS2 was the first Audi “RS” ever produced. The first RS6 was released in 2002 and this third generation is the culmination of years of incremental development. The RS6 is a popular model and has gained a cult following. Many gearheads consider it the ultimate daily rider, space, power, looks and luxury are all available in abundance.
Many features of the RS6 are best in class, as rivals like the Mercedes AMG E63 and Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo close in, the RS6 remains the benchmark. The overall package is more complete than its rivals, making it the best all-around performance car ever made. That’s not to say these rivals aren’t great cars, but all told, the RS6 takes the crown.
The RS6 offers owners great flexibility. The car performs as well as a standard A6 station wagon when it comes to carrying loads, there is room for the dog and children with all their associated luggage. Still, the car can compete with modern supercars offline. This latest generation may well be the last version to be produced, with a shift towards electric development. Increasingly strict emissions regulations and the impending ban on new combustion engine cars mean we need to celebrate cars like this while we still can.
9 Large luggage capacity
Let’s face it, the majority of people looking to buy a wagon appreciate the space it offers. It’s this space that makes the RS6 such a viable proposition as a practical daily driver. The RS6’s luggage capacity is 565 liters with the rear seats up and 1,680 with the seats folded down. This large capacity makes it easy to swallow the family paraphernalia. Likewise, owners will be able to install plenty of flatbed furniture from the iconic Swedish retailer.
The Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo can swallow 520 liters with the seats up and 1,390 liters with the seats folded down. The Mercedes E63 wagon trumps the RS6, but capable of accommodating 640 liters of gear in the up seats and 1820 in the down seats.
8 Rear wheel steering helps it outperform the competition
The RS6 is equipped with a rear wheel steering system, which significantly improves its handling. At high speeds, the rear wheels turn in the same direction as the front wheels, allowing precise cornering. In town, at low speed, the rear wheels turn in the opposite direction to the front wheels, which reduces the turning radius.
For a car almost 5 meters long, this gives it an edge over the competition by improving usability.
7 48V mild hybrid technology
A 48V mild-hybrid system helps provide additional power, as well as improving the car’s fuel economy. It’s unclear to what extent the system contributes to this, as Audi hasn’t released any exact numbers.
A small lithium-ion battery at the heart of the system is located under the cargo bay floor. The unit stores energy generated by a crankshaft-driven belt-driven alternator. When driven at speeds between 34 and 99 mph and the car senses that the driver has reduced throttle input, the engine shuts down for up to 40 seconds. The system also activates below 14 mph as part of the start-stop system.
6 Quattro mechanical all-wheel drive
Audi’s first iteration of its permanent all-wheel-drive system, or Quattro, was introduced in 1980. Since then, it has been fitted to many models and is available as a popular option.
In the RS6, Quattro ensures that the V8’s 600hp is sent to the wheels with the most traction, enabling maximum performance. The Mercedes AMG E63 is also only available as an all-wheel-drive car, at least in the US. In Germany, a rear-wheel-drive model can be ordered, but only around 10% of buyers choose to do so.
5 First class luxurious interior
Upon entering the cabin of the RS6, it’s immediately clear that the interior is a step above the rest. The materials used are of very high quality, the Alcantara trimmed flat bottom wheel provides a satisfying point of contact in the car. Quilted Valcona leather also increases the feeling of opulence.
Minimizing intrusions into the cabin, the double glazing isolates you from the outside world.
4 Imposing body kit
The RS6 has arguably the most aggressive and dramatic body kit of any high performance wagon. Audi designers succeeded in creating a chunky, wide and sporty profile. The car can be immediately recognized as a powerful machine, the aggressive rear diffuser and the large functional tailpipes really enhance the design of the rear. In comparison, the Mercedes E63 and the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo are a little calmer.
The front end is unique to the RS6, as well as the RS7. Compared to the standard A6 station wagon, the grille is more angular and the side vents are triangular rather than rectangular.
3 V8 prerequisites
This beast is powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre TFSI V8 engine. The unit produces a generous 600 bhp, allowing the RS6 to go from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.6 seconds. The top speed of the car is a maximum of 174 mph. Like other cars in this class, a V8 is mandatory. The Mercedes AMG E63 has a 603 hp biturbo V8 and the Porsche Panamera Sport Tourismo a 542 hp biturbo V8 in Turbo version.
The Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid produces 679 hp and 0-100 km/h takes just 3.4 seconds
2 Sleek infotainment system and virtual cockpit
The center console of the RS6 houses not one, but two infotainment screens. The top screen is a 10.1-inch touch panel and controls features like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, navigation and the Bang and Olufsen system. The second screen is also touch-enabled but is slightly smaller at 8.6 inches. This screen is used to change comfort related settings such as the climate system.
Like many modern Audis, the RS6 gets a virtual cockpit, this displays essential information such as digital speed and rev counters. The screen can also be customized to provide a focused view when using navigation apps.
1 It’s a true supercar rival
With a 0-60 mph time of just 3.6 seconds, the RS6 is quick enough to keep pace with many current supercars and surpass those of just a few years ago. For comparison, the Ferrari F430 takes 3.7 seconds, while the modern Ferrari 488 takes around 3 seconds.
The car is available with carbon ceramic brakes, these provide fade-free stopping power. The ceramic ensures reliability on an alpine pass or a circuit.
This is the best feature of the Audi RS6 Avant 2021
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