Pacific German and VF Engineering Build Monster RS6 Avant

Audi RS6 Avant

A slew of wicked RS6 Avant builds have appeared since the weapons-grade wagon debuted. This might be the quickest yet.

Along with Rule 34, Betteridge’s law of headlines is one of my favorite internet maxims. To refresh your memory, it states: “Any headline that ends in a question mark can be answered by the word no.” And while my experience has found it to be spookily accurate, this recent video from our friends over at Auditography make me think it might not be infallible. Because the title of this video asks whether this weapons-grade Audi RS6 Avant is the world’s fastest. And with a blistering zero-to-60 time of 2.7 seconds? The answer could very well be yes.

Built as a collaboration between Pacific German and VF Engineering, this one-of-one monster is packing a laundry list of performance upgrades. Most notably, the factory snails have been swapped for a pair of fat TTE turbos, the ECU has been treated to a Stage 3 upgrade from VF Engineering,  and upgraded intercoolers  come courtesy of the frosty folks over at CSF Racing. According to the video, that means this vicious longroof is good for a whopping 1,000-plus horsepower and earth-twisting 750 lb-ft of torque.

Keep your foot buried, and all that poke is said to translate to a top speed north of 210 mph. But thanks to a body kit from Maxton Design, a slick red, white and black  livery, and bespoke 22-inch brushed bronze wheels, this RS6 Avant looks the business even if it’s standing still. Everything under the hood looks quite tidy as well, and unless you’re an accomplished Audi mechanic, you might think this baby remained just as Ingolstadt intended. Given that my mechanical exploits have gone over about as well as a fork in a microwave, the details are lost on me.

As to the claim that this is the fasted example of Audi’s luxury longroof on the planet, however, I can make a more knowledgeable assessment. Because I’ve been following the news on the RS6 Avant since long before they started turning up wrecked, and while I’ve seen several red-hot examples, this does seem to outshine them. ABT-Sportline’s version is good for 740 horsepower and a 3.2 second zero to 60 time, this 900-horsepower model is said to be just shy of the three-second mark, and even the mighty MTM Stage 4 project — with its insane 1,001 and 921 lb-ft of torque — is said to hit 60 in 2.8 seconds. So enjoy the video — and if you find a faster Audi RS6 Avant hit me up! 

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So, You Think You’re Darth Vader? The Audi RS6 is the Quickest Wagon We’ve Ever Tested!

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Wild, Dark & Wonderful. We Put Audi’s Station Wagon Supreme RS6 to the Test

So you’re Darth Vader and you’re married to Batwoman, and your kids are Thor, Zeus and Apollo. Here’s your car! Not sure why Audi is so smitten with station wagons strong enough to align the stars, but we really dig them. And this RS6 is just the business. Again.

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Looks the Part. Turns Heads Too

Angular and more purposeful, it really looks the part and turns heads. Especially in this dark Sebring Darth hue enhanced by optional RS Dynamic Package Matrix LED headlights. That extreme width is no illusion. 1.6 inches wider, RS6 stretches to 1,950 mm at the front fenders. Those flatter, sportier HD Matrix LED headlamps have dynamic turn signals and RS-sequencing too.

They punctuate RS6’s squat gloss black 3D honeycomb single frame grille with side ducts that draw into the RS bumper and extend to the lower edge of the headlamps. All good old R8 cues. It’s those estate roots that really make this one pop though. Its long, flat roofline and flat D pillars rest on quattro blisters, while the RS sport exhaust’s vast oval black tips help tell a dramatic story aft.

So yes, some cars just look as if they’re travelling at 200 mph and this RS6 Avant is one of them. Even if it’s limited to a spoilsport 155. Or 175 with this one’s RS package. That courtesy of Audi’s latest mild hybrid 591 HP 590 lb.-ft 4-litre TFSI turbo V8 turning all four wheels via a shift-optimized eight-speed auto.

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RS6 Looks After the Planet 

That 48-volt belt alternator hybrid is an interesting device. It recovers up to 8 HP in gentle driving. To charge up a lithium-ion battery. That juice is then used for start-stop driving at speeds below 15 mph. To save up to half a gallon a tank. But that’s not all. Cylinder on demand deactivates half the V8 to deliver four-pot mode in light throttle driving.

But we digress and while it all works very well, the Audi RS6 Avant quattro is not really about any of that. Any red-blooded driver is too easily be spawned on by RS6’s sonorous full cream V8 howl. It’s a wonderful racket highlighted by a turbocharger scream emanating from deep in the vee of the eight. The noise is even customizable via RS1 and RS2 modes. To make any tunnel worthy of turning around and driving back through again. And again.

RS6’s quattro permanent all-wheel drive has a mechanical self-locking center differential. Standard it sends a 40 percent of that torque forward, 60 to the rear. But this one’s RS Dynamic sport differential seamlessly spreads it up to 70 up front or 85 percent aft. Add direct ratio progressive steering in this RS dynamic package, dynamic all-wheel steering and wheel-selective torque to gently brakes the inside wheels to help it turn, and you’re rapidly approaching dynamic bliss.

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The Quickest Wagon We Ever Tested

All of which means RS6 is now even quicker to 60 mph. It took a quite astounding 3.2 seconds. And a mid-11-second quarter mile with staggering overtaking ability, too. That makes it the quickest wagon we’ve ever tested. And as it adds a good few miles per gallon when driven economically. Not so sure how much when those turbos are all spooled up though. Push it and RS6 becomes a drunkard with a platinum card on pay day.

Moving on, RS6 rides on 22-inch 5-V-spoke RS alloys in 285/30 rubber wrapped around internally ventilated and perforated steel disc brakes. 16.5-inch front and 14.5” rear. Its aluminum-rich five-link front and rear RS adaptive air suspension affords three-quarter inch drop in ride height at over 80 mph. Air suspension brings the choice between comfort and performance motoring. And Dynamic Ride Control has six modes including two individually configurable RS settings.

So, RS6 rides splendidly in normal driving. But it also handles brilliantly, turns in precisely and follows through beautifully when pushed All-wheel drive may rob a touch of deftness of feel, bit it surely adds a certain sure-footedness to boost driver confidence.

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RS6 is Still a Wagon at Heart

RS6 stands furthest apart thanks to its wagon advantages. Some may say it’s a hearse but don’t tell Darth. He may like that idea! Easily accessible via foot gesture activated power tailgate, the 30 cubic foot trunk conveniently grows to three times that. Just pop the 40:20:40 split folding rear bench down. It has an even broader loading width and a luggage compartment cover. And if that’s not enough, the power swiveling tow hitch will drag a 4,630 lbs. braked trailer.

You sink into RS6’s delightful red stitched honeycomb pattern black Valcona leather sports seats. Another cockpit highlight is the MMI RS monitor. It reports component temperatures, g-forces and tire pressures and temperatures. The Audi virtual cockpit dials get a sporty RS Performance graphics including the new RS Runway. That sits behind a chunky flat-bottomed leather sport haptic multifunction steering wheel large aluminum paddle shifters.

RS6 also packs in all the expected driver aids. For starters, those Matrix LED headlights yet again proved a revelation. They take auto illumination next level. Just keep the beams bright. They simply block out oncoming cars, so those drivers are not dazzled. Audi connect updates traffic information real time, shows points of interest via the satellite map and reports live weather updates.

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RS6 Evokes Splendid Adjectives

There’s lane change and 360-degree camera intelligent park assist, adaptive cruise control and a pre sense rear package. Add Car2X services emergency service calling and your MyAudi app links your RS6 to your smartphone. That’s just some of a huge selection specification and safety kit. And of course, RS6 does also get Audi’s much-improved latest MMI multimedia interface. A definite step ahead.

The Audi RS6 is now one of a few top end station-wagons out there, but for some reason this car certainly has an outer worldliness about its style and execution. it looks magnificent, sounds incredible and feels spectacular to drive. So, there you go Darth Vader — take Batwoman home!

Images – Michele Lupini

ROAD TESTED: Audi RS4 Avant
Engine: 591 HP 590 lb.-ft 4-litre biturbo petrol V8 
Drive: 8-speed automatic AWD
TESTED:
0-60 mph:      1.59 sec
0-60 mph:      3.25 sec 
0-100 mph:     7.61 sec 
¼-mile:        11.4 sec @ 195 km/h 
50-75 mph:     2.24 sec
75-100 mph:    3.09 sec 
CLAIMED: 
VMax:          175 mph 
Fuel combined: 17 mpg 
BASE PRICE:    $116,500 MSRP 
RATED:         9

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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.

Photos: Audi

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Audi RS6 Avant Takes on BMW M4 and Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quad

Audi RS 6 Avant

While not competitors in the traditional sense, watching these three European performance machines face off is a blast.

Other than offering top-notch performance, the Audi RS6 Avant, Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio, and BMW M4 don’t really have a whole lot in common. That’s made clear at the very beginning of this latest video from carwow, where affable presenter Mat Watson explains that this peculiar hat trick of vehicles was assembled because they represent his favorite offering in their respective categories. And I have to say, it’s hard to argue with the man’s taste — all these machines rip.

Now, while I’m still waiting for Ingolstadt’s latest hot rod wagon to hit my local press fleet, I have driven the Alfa and the BMW. The best description I have of the Stelvio Quad is that it feels like a very practical crossover that’s been thoroughly and enthusiastically possessed by Satan. And performance aside? It has the best sounding engine of the assembled hardware, hands down. The BMW is an absolute hoot to pilot as well — and its limits are far beyond the reach of most any hobbyist. I don’t even mind the new front fascia that’s caused so much commotion.

So given that all I know about the RS6 is what I’ve heard from friends and seen on the web, it was beyond impressive to see just how well it performed when it was time for the rubber to meet the road. Because even given the near-flawless launch Watson delivered with the Alfa, the Audi still managed to best the Italian Stallion from a dig. What was really surprising was just how far behind the representative of the Motoren Werke was until it started gathering steam. Sure, it makes up a lot of space toward the end — but not enough to do any better than third.

That said, the coolest thing about this video is how it illustrates just how capable modern performance vehicles are, regardless of whether they’re coupes, wagons, or even crossovers. Cool as they might look and sound, virtually all the supercars of yesteryear would have gotten their butts handed to them if they’d lined up on the runway here, even though they’re considerably less reliable and comfortable than any one of these choices. What a time to be alive…

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Family Squabbles: RS 3 vs RS 5 vs RS 6 Avant!

Audi RS 3 vs Audi RS 6 vs Audi RS 5

What was to have been a three-way drag and roll battle between RS trio goes astray when supposedly detuned RS 6 Avant arrives tuned to 11.

Which Audi RS is Best Audi RS? It’s a question that’s hard to answer. After all, some are happy with the RS 3’s small size and performance. Others, meanwhile, might need the room an RS 6 Avant or RS Q8 offer to go with the performance. Even the midsize RS 5 and RS 7 Sportback bring their own reasons for existing to the performance table. It’s truly hard to choose the overall best from the best.

YouTuber Sam CarLegion recently attempted to answer that question in a three-way battle between the RS 3, the RS 5, and the RS 6 Avant. However, the biggest of the bunch brought a shotgun when it was supposed to bring a knife to the fight.

Audi RS 3 vs Audi RS 6 vs Audi RS 5

“This one is quite interesting,” said Sam. “It’s a bit scary, too, because I haven’t done that many high-performance cars […] I kind of have an idea of who is going to win this, but I might be wrong, because I’ve been wrong before. We’re just here to have fun, but we also find out how these things are against each other.”

Sam’s bet, of course, is on the RS 6 Avant. After all, it packs 591 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque to the corners. However, you might’ve noticed the BHP stat on the Audi reading as “unknown.” That’s because the white whale had a tune, one that was supposed to be flashed back to OEM prior to the meeting.

About that…

Audi RS 3 vs Audi RS 6 vs Audi RS 5

“The reason the RS 6 is that fast is because it’s tuned,” Sam writes above. “I was told that the car would be returned to stock engine for this video, but it evidently wasn’t.”

In response to a comment, Sam says he didn’t know it was still tuned until the end of the day. Thus, the real battle was between the RS 3 and RS 5 Sportback. In normal mode, the lighter RS 3 pulls away on the first and second runs. Once Sam learns how to make the most of the RS 5, though, he takes the third run in full sport mode. The fourth drag and single roll runs, however, belong to the RS 3.

Audi RS 3 vs Audi RS 6 vs Audi RS 5

“Looking at the video and all that, I think the RS 6 is definitely tuned,” said Sam. “It makes a lot more horsepower than these two, which technically doesn’t make it a fair video. I wasted my money and my time […] people weren’t honest with me.”

We’d love to see this battle again, but this time with an honest RS 6 Avant owner. That guy didn’t need to flex so hard, after all; his rig would’ve been enough without the tune installed.

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Cameron Aubernon’s path to automotive journalism began in the early New ’10s. Back then, a friend of hers thought she was an independent fashion blogger.

Aubernon wasn’t, so she became one, covering fashion in her own way for the next few years.

From there, she’s written for: Louisville.com/Louisville Magazine, Insider Louisville, The Voice-Tribune/The Voice, TOPS Louisville, Jeffersontown Magazine, Dispatches Europe, The Truth About Cars, Automotive News, Yahoo Autos, RideApart, Hagerty, and Street Trucks.

Aubernon also served as the editor-in-chief of a short-lived online society publication in Louisville, Kentucky, interned at the city’s NPR affiliate, WFPL-FM, and was the de facto publicist-in-residence for a communal art space near the University of Louisville.

Aside from her contributions to Audi World, Aubernon can be found all through the IB Auto Group family, including 6 Speed Online, LS1Tech, and Team Speed. She also has her own independent automotive blog, Aubernon Highway.

Aubernon can be reached through her public Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook accounts. She is wary of those she doesn’t already know, though; thus, she may not respond to messages sent.

Aubernon is a member of the International Motor Press Association, and the Washington Automotive Press Association.