Audi RS6 Saloon First Drive

I used to think that only mad people bought Audi RS saloons. With BMW mostly refusing to build estate versions of the M cars, and Mercedes always going down their own route with automatic transmissions and less driving dynamics on the AMG tackle (now being reversed with some style on the C63, it must be said), if you wanted a fast, practical family wagon, an RS4 or an RS6 was the way forward. But then back in 2004, the last RS4 arrived, and the situation changed somewhat. Here was a car that drove so well, you didn’t need to work-around any dynamic deficiencies by opting for the estate version and explain the non-BMW purchase on grounds of practicality. Just to confirm this, Quattro Gmbh engineering boss Stephan Reil told me that 67 percent of all RS4s sold were saloons. Even now, he says, they’re staggered by that figure.

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“Is the Avant still the only way to buy an Audi RS model, or has the RS4 changed that perception? ”

  • Richard – DR

    I always used to adhere to the Avant-is-best rule, but I have to say that new RS6 saloon looks the business. To make matters worse I’ve just seen someone drive through my village in a previous gen RS6 saloon and I think that now looks great too! Meanwhile, AMG Merc estates -I stress the ‘AMG’ element here, Chris- seem to be getting cooler by the minute. What’s going on?

  • Richard – DR

    I always used to adhere to the Avant-is-best rule, but I have to say that new RS6 saloon looks the business. To make matters worse I’ve just seen someone drive through my village in a previous gen RS6 saloon and I think that now looks great too! Meanwhile, AMG Merc estates -I stress the ‘AMG’ element here, Chris- seem to be getting cooler by the minute. What’s going on?

  • Alan

    I can’t believe the 67% buying saloons. Audi’s niche has always been the fast estate, with only the AMG mercs for serious competition. I had thought that an M3 touring was coming ??. There is certainly something subtely cool about the fast estates (a true Q-car)

  • Alan

    I can’t believe the 67% buying saloons. Audi’s niche has always been the fast estate, with only the AMG mercs for serious competition. I had thought that an M3 touring was coming ??. There is certainly something subtely cool about the fast estates (a true Q-car)

  • S.Hutchinson

    This question might sound a trifle weird,but with the power and torque this car produces,should it not be even quicker than it is?.I now it will be quite heavy,but with twin turbos and a 580 hp v10,shouldnt the headline figures compare, with say, a GT-R?.Maybe the auto transmission is the limiting factor,and i suppose with all that torque,an S-Tronic box granade quite quickly?.

  • S.Hutchinson

    This question might sound a trifle weird,but with the power and torque this car produces,should it not be even quicker than it is?.I now it will be quite heavy,but with twin turbos and a 580 hp v10,shouldnt the headline figures compare, with say, a GT-R?.Maybe the auto transmission is the limiting factor,and i suppose with all that torque,an S-Tronic box granade quite quickly?.

  • When you say “even quicker” are you referring to the 0-62mph time? As we mention in the feature spread we published a few months ago, the RS6 feels inhibited in the lower gears but once into its stride it feels nigh on as strong as a 997TT.

    I guess in some ways this suits the Audi demeanour, at slow speeds if feels every bit as sensible and grown-up as an executive Audi should be, but at more serious speeds it morphs into one of the fastest saloon cars on the planet, at which point all of those 570 horses feels all present and correct.

    Just look at our video laps around Silverstone to see how hard it punches, despite its 2 tonne mass.

  • When you say “even quicker” are you referring to the 0-62mph time? As we mention in the feature spread we published a few months ago, the RS6 feels inhibited in the lower gears but once into its stride it feels nigh on as strong as a 997TT.

    I guess in some ways this suits the Audi demeanour, at slow speeds if feels every bit as sensible and grown-up as an executive Audi should be, but at more serious speeds it morphs into one of the fastest saloon cars on the planet, at which point all of those 570 horses feels all present and correct.

    Just look at our video laps around Silverstone to see how hard it punches, despite its 2 tonne mass.

  • S.Hutchinson

    Hello Steve,
    Yes,by quicker i was probably looking at the 0-62 and 0-100 mph quoted figures,and was comparing it to a 997 turbo.I know 2 tonnes is heavy for a performance car,but with the RS6 firepower,i thought that it would have been closer to the Porsche.In gear times i suppose will be very favourable,with all that torque?Mentioning the 997 turbo,just how does the rs6 compare to something in that league?.I will look at the video you mention,as i havent yet seen that.Reading the article in another magazine,where the RS6 was pitted against the R8,it came out well compared to a full blown sports car.Obviously i will have to gleen a test drive from my local dealer,all in the interests of comparisons you understand.Thanks for your response.

  • S.Hutchinson

    Hello Steve,
    Yes,by quicker i was probably looking at the 0-62 and 0-100 mph quoted figures,and was comparing it to a 997 turbo.I know 2 tonnes is heavy for a performance car,but with the RS6 firepower,i thought that it would have been closer to the Porsche.In gear times i suppose will be very favourable,with all that torque?Mentioning the 997 turbo,just how does the rs6 compare to something in that league?.I will look at the video you mention,as i havent yet seen that.Reading the article in another magazine,where the RS6 was pitted against the R8,it came out well compared to a full blown sports car.Obviously i will have to gleen a test drive from my local dealer,all in the interests of comparisons you understand.Thanks for your response.

  • Mark Williams

    There’s something Bentley-esque about a 570bhp+ 2 tonne saloon being hurled from 0 to 6 in around 5 seconds or whatever. Just imagine what the transmission must be going through.

    Wonder how durable the diffs and so on will prove to me in a few years time…

  • Mark Williams

    There’s something Bentley-esque about a 570bhp+ 2 tonne saloon being hurled from 0 to 6 in around 5 seconds or whatever. Just imagine what the transmission must be going through.

    Wonder how durable the diffs and so on will prove to me in a few years time…