The Audi RS6 Avant is an incredible car, one with immense performance and fantastic practicality. However, it’s not really known for being a scalpel. It’s more of a sporty, everyday luxury car, rather than an all-out sports car. At least that’s what it’s known to be. In this video, though, we get a cockpit-view of the RS6 Avant doing a hot lap at the Nurburgring.
In this video, we can see that the Audi RS6 Avant is actually a surprisingly fun car on track. We always knew that it was capable, thanks to its unflappable Quattro grip and immense power. However, it actually seems more fun that we had expected. It turns in sharper than most big Audis, with less understeer, and is actually willing to slide a bit on corner exit. Of course, it doesn’t slide with the grace and fluidity of a BMW M5 or Mercedes-AMG E63, both of which are very rear-drive-biased. Still it wiggles a bit and looks like a good time.
What’s nice about the RS6, versus its aforementioned German competitors, is that it slides a bit more safely than they do. Thanks to its almost unstoppable Quattro all-wheel drive grip, it only slides a bit and then is easy to wrangle back in. So you can push it harder than you might be able to in the M5, without scaring yourself. Sure, an M5 or E63 will both be a bit more fun, thanks to their hooligan nature, but the RS6’s additional safety net makes it a bit less terrifying at the limit.
Obviously, it’s also very fast. Its 4.0 liter twin-turbocharged V8 makes 591 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque, which helps it hit 60 mph in under four seconds. But what’s most impressive is how explosive it is on corner exit. It’s impressive to watch just how quickly it gains on equally fast cars, some of which are considerably lighter. Check it out.