The RS4 Avant Competition Proves Audi Isn’t Red Mist Immune

Audi RS4 Avant Competition

We don’t get any flavor of the RS4 Avant in the United States. But who doesn’t love forbidden fruit?

You don’t have to be a race car driver, or even an enthusiast, to understand the concept of the “red mist.” If you’ve played sports, video games, or even something as — ostensibly — benign as Wordle in a competitive manner, you know the red mist. It’s the feeling of harnessing blind rage to inspire better performance. And the RS4 Avant Competition is proof that even the world’s most celebrated automakers are vulnerable.

Or, at least that’s the thesis presented here, in this killer new video from our friends over at Hagerty. Here host Henry Catchpole opines that Ingolstadt’s lusty longroof exists only to assert dominance over another of Germany’s apex predators — the BMW Competition Estate. Of course, because the world is unfair and Americans are obsessed with crossovers and pickup trucks, neither of these glorious beasts is available on our shores. Even if the “standard” RS6 Avant is one hell of a consolation prize.

That said, even if we don’t get any flavor of the RS4 Avant here, it’s an absolute blast watching Catchpole hurl the RS6 Avant’s smaller sibling around the track, and give up dirty details on this juicy bit of forbidden fruit. For starters, there’s no more power on the table. The 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 is still pumping out 444 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of twist. But it’s sporting a host of other kit, including a trick differential, a rear-biased all-wheel drive system, and retuned transmission that quickens the shifts.

The wheels have also been swapped for units that are four pounds lighter than the standard car’s, the adjustable dampers have been tuned for both cobblestone streets and track work, and the steering ratio is a fixed 13:1. Fixing the ratio means it’s more predictable than an adaptive system, and — apparently — is a key component to the transformed driving experience. Watch the full video for a full breakdown of the changes, and to enjoy some absolutely stunning scenery.

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Silently Slayed: Audi RS6 Avant vs Porsche Taycan Turbo S

Audi RS6 Avant vs Porsche Taycan Turbo S

The Audi RS6 Avant is a wicked fast car — but the Porsche Taycan Turbo S proves that fast is a relative term.

With 591 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of twist being sent to all four corners, the Audi RS6 Avant is clearly one of the most wicked wagons ever produced, and American longroof fans should be stoked it even made it to our shores. Of course, that hasn’t stopped tuners from fortifying Ingolstadt’s handiwork. Not long after it debuted, the tuning wizards at MTM stoked the force-fed 4.0-liter to a whopping 1001 horsepower and 958 lb-ft — which sounds properly weapons-grade to boot.

Now, you might be wondering why you’d need to take an already-fast car to such blisteringly fast extremes. Or, let me correct myself. You might be wondering that if you were a normal person, and not an enthusiast reading AudiWorld. That said? If you’re the owner of a new RS6 Avant, and you’d like to do anything but lose big in a drag race with Porsche’s new all-electric Taycan Turbo S? Well, you’re going to need all the help you can get. Because as this new clip from our friends at Archie Hamilton Racing demonstrates, Stuttgart’s super sedan is bloody quick.

The Taycan that drops the beat down here is the top-spec model, which delivers a whopping 750 horsepower and 774 lb-ft of torque from its pair of permanent magnet synchronous motors. Engage launch control, and that means the Porsche will rocket from zero to 60 mph in just 2.6 seconds, which coincidently, is the same time it takes new Corvette Z06 to make the trip. As we’ve seen, that makes it slightly quicker than its corporate cousin — the RS e-tron GT — from a dig. But in my opinion, the Audi looks better. Plus, it isn’t saddled with “turbo” in its name, which is just plain goofy for an electric car.

For anyone who can do math, the results of this race aren’t going to come as a surprise. After all, the Porsche is packing more power, and its electric drivetrain means there’s no windup to deliver twist to the tires. Obviously, it would have been a little more fun to see a proper family feud, with the RS6 facing off against the e-tron GT, though something tells me that’s in the mail. But hey, if people always needed to be surprised to be entertained, shows like NCIS or House wouldn’t exist. So enjoy the clip.

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Watch the 1000-HP Audi RS6 MTM Avant Climb the Alps

Audi RS6 Avant

After the tuning wizards at MTM get done with it, the Audi RS6 Avant is packing 1,001 horsepower and 958 lb-ft of torque.

Right out of the box, the Audi RS6 Avant is a beast of a machine, and we’re lucky to have it on our shores. Its twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 pumps out a whopping 591 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of twist, which gets routed to all four corners thanks to Ingolstadt’s famous quattro system. All that poke means it’ll make the sprint from zero to 60 mph in a blistering 3.1 seconds, which is brutally quick, and faster than many purpose-built sports cars.

For some people, brutally quick just isn’t enough however, and for those folks there’s the Audi RS6 MTM Avant. After the wizards at the tuning company get done with it, the already-potent mill is stoked to produce a staggering 1,001 horsepower and 958 lb-ft of torque. As you’d expect, the performance numbers are even more mind-blowing after the treatment. According to MTM, the luxury longroof will now hit 60 in just 2.6 seconds, and if you keep your foot buried, it’ll hit 217 mph.

The massive increase in poke is thanks to a re-worked turbo system, which utilizes larger intake collectors, MTM-fortified snails with larger turbine shafts and a  larger compressor wheel, upgraded boost pressure sensors, and a retuned ECU which removes the factory top-speed governor. From the description on YouTube, it doesn’t even sound like they’ve had to do anything to the internals of the motor, which speaks volumes about how stout the greasy bits are from the factory.

That said, there’s no mention of what — if anything — been done to the transmission, so I’m curious about just how long the stock system will hold up against the almost-50% increase in output. But given the high cost of entry for the car and not-inconsequential funds required for the tuning job, I’m going to assume that they folks who can spring for this level of car aren’t terribly concerned with longevity. Heck, if I had that kind of scratch, I wouldn’t either.

Watch the video below to watch this weapons-grade Audi RS6 Avant go climbing in the Alps, and make sure to turn up your headphones, as this baby sounds like a properly glorious beast when given the beans!

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