lb-ft @ 1700-5500 rpm
hp per liter
(from Audi Press
Release) Groundbreaking performance: The new Audi RS 6
twin-turbo V8: 4.0 TFSI with 412 kW (560 hp) and 700 Nm (516.29
• Reduced weight for greater efficiency and stronger performance
• 0 – 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 3.9 seconds, top speed 305 km/h
The new Audi RS 6 Avant
stands for groundbreaking performance. It is lighter and more
efficient than the previous model, and performance has been improved
once again. The sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) takes just 3.9
seconds, and top speed is 305 km/h (189.52 mph). The 4.0 TFSI
develops 412 kW (560 hp), but is content with an average fuel
consumption of just 9.8 liters per 100 kilometers (24.00 US mpg).
The new Audi RS 6 Avant is a high-performance sports car for
everyday use. Its character and uncompromisingly sporty tuning is
the work of quattro GmbH, a wholly-owned subsidiary of AUDI AG. The
company’s RS models with their powerful engines form the dynamic
spearhead of the model program. The abbreviation “RS” stands for the
most powerful version of a model series, for quattro permanent
all-wheel drive, for extreme handling, for an understated appearance
and for full everyday utility.
The 4.0 TFSI, which debuted last year, is a perfect example of
Audi’s downsizing strategy in the high-performance category. In the
new Audi RS 6 Avant, the twin-turbo V8 delivers confidence-inspiring
power in every driving situation from its displacement of 3,993 cc.
Peak output of 412 kW (560 hp) is reached between 5,700 and 6,700
rpm, with a constant 700 Nm (516.29 lb-ft) of torque available
between 1,750 and 5,500 rpm.
Pulling power develops quickly due in large part to the two large
twin-scroll turbochargers. They are mounted together with the
intercooler in the inside V of the cylinder banks. The exhaust side
of the cylinder heads is also on the inside, the intake side
outside. This concept allows for a compact design and short gas
paths with minimal flow losses.
The RS-specific engine management and unthrottled intake system also
contribute to the eight-cylinder engine’s spontaneous response. The
4.0 TFSI delivers a sporty, full-throated sound. Switchable flaps in
the exhaust system make the sound even fuller, if desired. Audi also
offers an optional sport exhaust system.
The powerful twin-turbo V8 accelerates the new Audi RS 6 Avant from
zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in a best-in-segment 3.9 seconds. In
the standard configuration, top speed is electronically limited to
250 km/h (155.34 mph). This is increased to 280 km/h (173.98 mph)
with the optional Dynamic package. With the Dynamic plus package,
Audi reigns in the engine only upon reaching 305 km/h (189.52 mph).
According to the European driving cycle, the high-performance Avant
consumes on average just 9.8 liters of fuel per 100 km (24.00 US
mpg). Among the factors contributing to this figure are the new,
standard start-stop system and innovative thermal management. Fuel
consumption has been reduced by roughly 40 percent compared to the
One pioneering efficiency technology in the new Audi RS 6 Avant is
the cylinder on demand (COD) system. At low to intermediate loads
and engine speeds, it shuts down the intake and exhaust valves of
cylinders 2, 3, 5 and 8. The 4.0 TFSI then runs as a four-cylinder
engine until the driver accelerates more strongly again. Efficiency
in the active cylinders is increased because the operating points
are displaced toward higher loads.
The changeover from four and eight-cylinder operation takes just a
few hundredths of a second. About the only thing noticeable to the
driver is an indication in the instrument cluster. The COD
technology reduces ECE fuel consumption by roughly five percent.
Even greater savings of approximately 10 percent are possible when
driving at moderate speeds. Active engine bearings use out-of-phase
counter-oscillations to compensate for the vibrations that occur
during four-cylinder operation.
The 4.0 TFSI is paired with an eight-speed tiptronic featuring
shortened shift times. The automatic transmission offers D and S
modes. Drivers who wish to shift for themselves can use the shift
paddles on the steering wheel or the selector lever, which sports a
unique RS design. The lower gears of the tiptronic are tightly
spaced for sporty performance, while a tall eighth gear reduces fuel
At the heart of the quattro permanent all-wheel drive system with
torque vectoring is a self-locking center differential with an
elevated locking value. An oil cooler regulates its temperature. If
desired, the sport differential distributes the power steplessly
between the rear wheels to further increase agility and stability.
The new RS 6 Avant is the first RS model from Audi to come standard
with a specifically tuned air suspension. The dynamic setup of the
RS 6 adaptive air suspension lowers the body by 20 millimeters (0.79
in). The system combines the air suspension with controlled damping
and takes into account the road conditions, the driving style and
the mode chosen in the driving dynamics system Audi drive select,
with which the driver can influence the function of key components
in multiple steps.
Audi also offers the tauter sport suspension plus with Dynamic Ride
Control (DRC) as an alternative to the RS 6 adaptive air suspension.
This system uses steel springs and three-way adjustable shock
absorbers that are interconnected diagonally by means of oil lines
and a central valve for improved body roll stability. Another option
is dynamic steering, which features steplessly variable steering
boost and ratios. This system can also be integrated into Audi drive
select and, just like the standard electromechanical power steering,
is tailored specifically for the RS 6 Avant.
The brakes offer uncompromising performance. The four internally
vented discs feature a weight-saving wave design with a wave-like
outer contour. The front discs measure 390 millimeters (15.35 in) in
diameter and are gripped by black, six-piston calipers. Customers
can also opt for red brake calipers. Also available as an option are
carbon fiber-ceramic brake discs measuring 420 millimeters (16.54
in) in diameter. Their calipers are painted anthracite gray. The
electronic stabilization control (ESC) has a Sport mode and can also
be deactivated entirely.
The new Audi RS 6 Avant comes standard with high-gloss, 20-inch,
forged wheels in a seven twin-spoke design. Optional 21-inch cast
wheels are available in three versions: high-gloss silver, polished
black and polished titanium-look.
The body plays a major role in the handling. It is roughly 20
percent aluminum and includes numerous components made of
high-strength steel. The new Audi RS 6 Avant weighs roughly 100
kilograms (220.46 lb) lighter than its predecessor. The improved
power-to-weight ratio contributes to even better handling with
improved performance coupled with reduced fuel consumption.
Numerous RS-specific design details underscore the distinctive
appearance of the high-performance Avant. Most noticeable are the
matte aluminum applications on the body, the high-gloss black
protective grille at the front of the car, the bumpers, the fender,
sill flares and the large roof spoiler. At the rear of the car, the
diffuser and the two large, elliptical exhaust tailpipes make a bold
Two optional appearance packages – Matte Aluminum or Carbon –
further customize the look and include such things as quattro badges
on the central front air inlet. With the Carbon appearance package,
the front splitter and the diffuser are even more boldly shaped. The
new Audi RS 6 Avant is available in nine exterior colors, including
the exclusive shade Daytona Gray matte. Additional options from the
Audi exclusive range offer numerous opportunities for customization.
The sportily elegant cockpit of the new Audi RS 6 Avant is
singularly tailored to the driver. The dial instruments feature
black faces, white dials and red needles. The key; the
flat-bottomed, three-spoke, multifunction steering wheel; the
illuminated entry sills; the tachometer and the displays for the MMI
as well as the driver information system (DIS) sport RS logos.
A new feature in the RS menu of the DIS is the shift light. Green
segments are illuminated as revs increase. The bar turns red and
begins to blink when revs approach the red line. Displays for the
gear selected, boost pressure, oil temperature and a digital
speedometer round out the RS 6-specific driver information system.
The footrest, pedals and switches in the MMI navigation plus
terminal shine in an aluminum-look finish. The decorative bezel
surrounding the retractable monitor sports a piano finish; the
interior door openers feature a delicate double-bar design – a
classic RS feature. Carbon inlays are standard; six additional
materials are available as options. A black headlining is standard;
Moon Silver or black Alcantara are optional.
RS sport seats with pronounced side bolsters, integrated head
restraints and RS 6 logos are standard. They are covered in a
combination of black Alcantara and leather, and the center sections
feature diamond quilting. The seats can also be covered in
high-grade, honeycomb-quilted Valcona leather in either black or
Moon Silver. Audi offers optional power-adjustable deluxe seats with
The Audi RS 6 Avant comes standard with two sportily molded rear
seats. A three-person bench seat is available as an option. The
luggage compartment holds up to 1,680 liters (59.33 cu ft).
The new Audi RS 6 Avant comes with a generous list of standard
equipment, including xenon plus headlights, LED rear lights, a
tire-pressure control system, illuminated entry sills and the custom
driver-information system. Also on board are the parking system
plus, cruise control, three-zone automatic air conditioning, MMI
navigation plus with MMI touch and the 10-speaker Audi sound system.
Options include LED headlights with a unique design, ceramic brakes
front and rear, the sport differential on the rear axle and the
sport suspension plus with Dynamic Ride Control (DRC). The Dynamic
package, Dynamic package plus, Comfort package and practically every
high-end option available in the model series are also available for
the RS 6 Avant. These include the head-up display and the
high-performance driver assistance systems as well as the Bang &
Olufsen Advanced Sound System with 15 speakers and 1,200 watts of
total power. The Bluetooth online car phone – the perfect complement
to the MMI navigation plus – delivers web-based Audi connect
services to the car.