It’s often said that the new Audi RS6 Avant is among the best all-around cars on the planet. Its blend of power, performance, handling, luxury, and practicality is matched by only one or two other cars in the entire industry. But can it actually be beat by another Audi product, even if it’s quite a bit cheaper, namely the Audi RS4 Avant?
In this new video from Mr. AMG, we see if the Audi RS4 Avant is actually a better overall car than the bigger, more powerful RS6.
Obviously, the Audi RS4 Avant is smaller, cheaper, and less powerful than its bigger, newer sibling. Under the hood is a 2.9 liter twin-turbo V6, compared to the stonking V8 in the RS6. The RS4’s comparatively puny V6 makes 444 horsepower (450 PS) and 442 lb-ft of torque, rather than the RS6’s 591 horsepower and 590 lb-ft. Despite that, though, the RS4 is only about a half-second slower to 60 mph and that’s due to its big weight advantage.
However, on the road, the RS4 actually feels every bit as quick because its responses are a bit sharper, a bit more sudden. It’s much lighter and you can feel that as you drive. Also, it’s significantly cheaper, so it’s more attainable.
Despite being cheaper, you’re really not going to miss much, in terms of luxury or technology. The RS4 still has the same MMI infotainment system as the RS6, it has the same Virtual Cockpit as the RS6, and the interior barely looks any different. The Audi RS4 Avant is also still a practical wagon that’s more than spacious enough for most families. So there really isn’t much of an advantage to getting the RS6 instead, according to Mr. AMG.
We’d love to find out for ourselves if that’s true but the Audi RS4 Avant isn’t sold here in the U.S. So we’ll just have to take his word for it.