This new Audi RS6 Avant is a seriously quick car. Zero-to-sixty in 3.6 seconds, from its 4.0 liter twin-turbocharged V8 makes it a very fast car. However, it’s actually quite a bit slower than its rivals. Both the BMW M5 and Mercedes-AMG E63 S can run sub-three-second times to 60 mph, almost a full second faster than the Audi. That’s not as much an indictment of the RS6, as it is praise for those other cars, though. The RS6 is still a tremendously fast car, faster even than many bonafide supercars from not too long ago.
In this new list from Top Gear, there are a surprising amount of epic supercars that are actually slower to 60 mph than Audi’s fastest family wagon. Cars like the legendary Ferrari F50, Porsche Carrera GT, Lexus LFA and even the very new Mercedes-AMG GT R Pro are slower than the RS6 Avant in that short sprint.
Of course, 0-60 mph is only one way to test a car’s performance. After 100 mph, those other cars would probably walk away from the RS6. But the big Audi would still best them at a stop-light drag-race.
We do wonder how the Audi RS6 Avant isn’t actually faster than it is, though. It has slightly less power than its main aforementioned competitors from BMW and Mercedes-AMG but, honestly, it’s barely less powerful. The BMW M5 Competition makes 617 horsepower while the RS6 makes 591 horsepower. The RS6 makes more torque, too, with 590 lb-ft versus 553 lb-ft. They also weigh similarly, are both all-wheel drive and both have mountains of turbocharged torque. Did Audi accidentally mix up the RS6’s aluminum for lead?
Still, pull up to a stop light next to any sports car that isn’t brand new and the Audi RS6 Avant will likely either beat it or give it a real fright. Point is, if you have an RS6 Avant, you have a luxurious family wagon that will be an absolute sleeper, ready to take down everything but the fastest of modern supercars.
[Source: Top Gear]