Audi RS6 Avant Performance “Nogaro Edition” makes 700 hp

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Up until today, it was BMW and Mercedes-AMG that were the kings of the super-sedan segment. Both the brand-new BMW M5 and Mercedes-AMG E63 S make just over 600 hp and are the fastest sedans big sedans on the market. Now, though, Audi laughs at those 600 hp brutes, as there’s a new sheriff in town and it wears an “RS6” badge. Welcome the new Audi RS6 Avant Performance Nogaro Edition.

This new RS6 variant has been developed in-joint by both Audi and ABT Sportsline and has been designed to pay homage to the original RS car, the Audi RS2 Avant. Which is precisely why it’s called the Nogaro Edition, as this new RS6 is painted in Nogaro Blue, to honor the original RS2. It also gets gloss black trim pieces, 21″ wheels and a new titanium exhaust. So it will look and sound as powerful as it is.

Actually making it powerful, though, is a heavily revised variant of the same 4.0 liter twin-turbocharged V8, developed partly by ABT Sportsline. So now, it makes a whopping 700 hp, making the 600 hp of the aforementioned BMW and AMG seem positively puny. It also makes 649 lb-ft of torque, which is enough to tow planets out of orbit. What’s odd is that, even after all of that extra power and torque, Audi still claims a 0-60 mph time of just 3.7 seconds. Which, if we’re honest, seems seriously conservative. The standard car does that, so we think this one could do the sprint in about 3.2 seconds. It also gets a top speed of 199 mph, with the optional Dynamic Plus Package.

Inside, the Audi RS6 Performance Nogaro Edition looks about the same as the standard car except for the fact that it gets Nogaro Blue inserts in the seats and door panels. It’s a bit much but it looks special and fits the car’s personality well.

If you want this violent monster, it will set you back a smooth €124,200 ($155,277), which isn’t exactly affordable. However, when considering its competition, someone might find it worth it to have the mightiest Audi RS6 of all time. We can’t wait until someone pits this against the new BMW M5 and Mercedes-AMG E63 S.