It’s no secret that the Audi RS6 Avant is a heavy car; it’s a midsize five-door luxury wagon with a twin-turbocharged V8, all-wheel drive and enough luxury to spoil the Sultan of Brunei. However, its actual curb weight is still quite shocking. The RS6 is a whopping 4,960 lbs, which is more than most luxury SUVs. And yet, it’s still a great track car.
According to this new review from Jalopnik, in which the Audi RS6 Avant was taken to Buttonwillow Raceway Park to see how the big beast handled. Shockingly, not only did it hold up but it was actually fun.
Of course it’s fast. It packs a 4.0 liter twin-turbocharged V8 with 591 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque. So it’s not the straight line speed that’s surprising. Instead, it’s the RS6’s ability to carve corners with the agility of a much smaller, much lighter car.
According to Jalopnik, “Around corners, the sport differential and rear-wheel steering conspire to chop what seems like 10 inches from the 115-inch wheelbase, allowing the RS6 Avant to tuck and pivot into turns with surprising grace.” Those aren’t exactly the words you’d expect to read about a nearly 5,000 lb luxury wagon.
There are, of course, some drawbacks. All of that weight does take its toll on the car’s tires and brakes. So if you own an Audi RS6 Avant and want to track it, be prepared to spend a heft amount on both.
Still, when you look at the RS6’s breadth of ability, spending a bit extra on spare tires seems worth it. Not only is it capable of tearing up race tracks but it’s also fun to drive on the road, incredibly comfortable and sports a practical wagon body. So there really isn’t much the Audi RS6 Avant doesn’t do extremely well. No wonder people are paying tens of thousands of dollars above asking price for it.