Though it shares the fundamentals of platform, wheelbase and shape with the A6 Avant, only the front doors, roof and tailgate are carried over. The sharply defined lines of the unique ‘powerdome’ bonnet lead down to the RS honeycomb grille, which is flanked by sharply angled air intakes and aero blades. The headlight design is derived from the A7, the wheel arches are flared by 40mm and encase 22-inch alloys. Inside, all is space and luxury with sport seats in Valcona leather with perforated RS-honeycomb and RS-lettering. Yet the RS6 Avant Performance is practical too – the tailgate opens to reveal 565 litres of space that expands to 1,680 litres with the rear seats down.


The RS6 HD Matrix headlights utilise Matrix LED technology to produce light that has twice the reach of conventional LED high beams, so driving in darker conditions will never be an issue. Tech features continue inside with the Audi Sound System and Music Interface, which promises to deliver a premium sound experience with a six-channel amplifier, 180-watt amplifying capacity and 10 loudspeakers including a subwoofer. This sound system can be upgraded further to a Bang & Olufsen Premium Sound System with the Comfort and Sound Pack, which also includes a 360-degree camera, Park Assistant Plus and Advanced Key system.

Performance & Technology

Audi’s engineers have improved both acceleration and fuel efficiency with the latest RS6 Avant Performance. Its twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 is harnessed to a mild-hybrid 48V system with a generator/starter that recovers energy during light deceleration and stores it in a lithium-ion battery. Thanks to this system, the RS6 Avant Performance’s start-top system can work at up to 13.7mph, seamlessly switching the engine back in when required. With 600hp and 800Nm of torque on tap, performance is breathtaking; 0-62mph takes just 3.6 seconds. All that horsepower is harnessed by an eight-speed Tiptronic transmission and quattro all-wheel drive, with torque split 40/60 front to rear in normal conditions. Adaptive air suspension comes as standard and RS Sport Suspension Plus with Dynamic Ride Control (DRC) is available as an option. As a performance flagship, the technology of the RS6 Avant Performance puts the driver firmly in control. The Audi Drive Select dynamic handling system offers a choice of six driving modes: comfort, auto, dynamic, efficiency, and the individually configurable RS-specific RS1 and RS2 modes, which are activated using the “RS MODE” button on the steering wheel. An RS-specific version of the Audi Virtual Cockpit provides readouts on tyre pressure, torque, power output, engine oil temperature, boost pressure, acceleration and g force. You can even time your lap of the Nürburgring with it…


Increasingly, manufacturers and lawmakers alike are focused on accident avoidance to improve car safety, and the RS6 Avant Performance, like much of Audi’s range, features over 30 interrelated driver assistance programmes. These include adaptive cruise assist, intersection assist, lane change warning, curb warning and 360-degree cameras.