It’s a known fact that German premium automakers have the tendency to understate the capabilities of their performance cars when it comes to acceleration. This isn’t just a legend as it has been proven several times in recent years, and today, a new video further reinforces the unofficial rule. An extended review of the Audi RS6 Avant C8 from YouTuber Petrol Ped includes a 0 to 60 mph run with the launch control activated.
Audi may say the task is completed in three and a half seconds, but as you are about to see, the car was significantly quicker. It completed the run in a mind-boggling 3.18 seconds. To put that number into perspective, it’s just as fast as a Ferrari Enzo, a supercar that weighs 1,480 kilograms (3,262 pounds). The RS6 has to carry around nearly 700 kg (1,543 pounds) more compared to Maranello’s supercar, while offering tremendously more practicality thanks to its wagon shape.
Yes, the Enzo came out back in 2002 whereas the high-powered Avant was launched in 2019. However, one was a fully fledged supercar with a big V12 whereas the RS6 is theoretically a family wagon at the end of the day. It goes to show how much technology has advanced in the last couple of decades, allowing the Avant to be quicker in the 0-60 mph and also have a slightly higher top speed (189 mph vs 186 mph).
Of course, there’s more to comparing two cars than simply analyzing the 0-60 mph and top speed since there are other aspects that need to be taken into consideration, including handling and suspension. The idea of even comparing “only” a wagon to a former Ferrari flagship would’ve been unthinkable not long ago, but Audi with the RS6 and Mercedes with the E63 AMG Estate have shown you can have speed, power, luxury, and immense practicality in a single car.