VIDEO: Autocar drives the Audi RS6 Avant — Faster Than Expected

The Audi RS6 Avant has been reviewed and tested quite a bit already, since its debut a few months back. However, being that it’s the first-ever RS6 Avant to make it ‘Stateside, it’s not like we’re not going to watch another video review about it. Plus, this one comes from Autocar, the people who invented the automotive road test. So we’re gonna watch it.


In this new video review, Matt Prior drives the all-new Audi RS6 Avant and gives it a thorough review. The car in this video happens to have the “Vorsprung” package, which gives it black accents, a lowered ride height and, more importantly, Dynamic Ride Control. The latter of which is uber-important, as it brings cross-linked hydraulic suspension which makes it handle far better.

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What’s interesting is that, according to Autocar, the RS6 is significantly faster than what Audi claims. While we figured that, to be honest — as almost all Audi performance models are faster than their claimed figures — we’ve yet to see it clocked this quickly. Autocar ran the RS6 from 0-62 mph in 3.3 seconds, which is the fastest we’ve seen and puts it only a couple of tenths behind the lighter BMW M5. So that’s pretty impressive, if you ask us.


He does go on to say that the RS6 isn’t as sharp as a BMW M5 or as exciting as a Mercedes-AMG E63. That’s likely something we’d agree with but the Audi RS6 Avant has a charm of its own that makes it worth getting over its rivals. It’s a great blend of ride comfort, performance and handling, possibly a better blend than its rivals.

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So what the RS6 lacks in sharpness or tire-smoking hooliganism, it makes up for by being the better all-rounder. Plus, it looks the business and it’s a fast Audi wagon that’s coming to America. Where do I sign?

Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.