Audi has unveiled an even more powerful version of the RS 6 Avant, outputting
597 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque.
A particular highlight of its 4.0-liter twin-turbo engine is an overboost function allowing the driver to temporarily draw on up to 553 lb-ft (750 Nm). The RS high-performance model sprints like a supercar from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds, an improvement of 0.2 seconds over the base RS model. It needs just 12.1 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 124 mph (200 km/h), 1.4 seconds less than the base RS models. With the optional dynamic package, top speed can be increased from 155 to 174 and 189 mph (250 to 280 and 305 km/h), respectively. Despite the output boost of 45 hp (33 kW), the sonorous V8 biturbo power unit consumes just 9.6 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (24.5 US mpg).
The standard eight-speed tiptronic has been designed for extreme sportiness in the 2016 Audi RS 6 Avant Performance. The driver can choose between the modes D and S or change gears manually either by tapping the selector lever or by using the shift paddles on the RS multifunction sport leather steering wheel. In manual mode, a shift indicator in the driver information system or optional head-up display indicates the rev limit.
quattro permanent all-wheel drive delivers the power to the road and flexibly distributes torque as needed via the center differential. In the standard configuration, 40 percent flows to the front axle and 60 percent to the rear axle. The wheel-selective torque control intervenes as necessary. Audi also equips the quattro drivetrain with an optional sport differential on the rear axle with active torque distribution between the inside and outside wheel.
With its dynamic setup, the standard RS adaptive air suspension lowers the body of the RS 6 Avant Performance by 20 millimeters (0.8 in). The integrated damping control varies as a function of the road conditions, driving style and the mode chosen in Audi drive select. Audi offers the tauter RS sport suspension plus with Dynamic Ride Control (DRC) as an alternative. An additional option is dynamic steering with a continuously variable steering ratio.