Would you believe its been two years since we last drove the Audi RS6 with the last review being in November 2015 (read the story here). Thus, when I learnt that Audi Singapore had a new unit up for test-drives, I jumped at the opportunity to savour once again - the team’s favourite rocket-powered wagon. A car that has become a benchmark of sorts in the office when it comes to measuring sheer brute acceleration.
To be honest, between the previous car to the current one, there has not been any difference in visuals nor performance actually, other than the new finishing on the wheels and the obvious red paintwork versus the former’s blue. Its still has that monstrous 4.0-litre V8 packing two turbochargers that pumps an awe-inspiring 560 horses, 700Nm of torque to its quattro all-wheel drive via a slick eight-speed automatic transmission gearbox. Zero to hundred is still a eye-watering 3.9 seconds with a top speed of 250km/h.
Jumping into the driver’s seat and blasting off into the horizon, it did remind me of one thing, one thing that I would never forget ever since I test-drove the previous generation RS6 sedan, the current-generation RS6 Avant at Sepang and of course the previous test-drive I did two years ago; that mind-blowing sense of speed.
Back then in late 2000, I took a black RS6 sedan and was side-by-side a Nissan GT-R whose driver thought he could smoke a seemingly stock-looking Audi A6 at the lights. We stopped at the next junction and I could see the driver of the GT-R peering out his window with his mouth wide open trying to make sense of how this ordinary looking Audi could match his supercar killer.
My encounters with the RS6 continued into Sepang, where I got my first taste of the Avant variant. There, I took the RS6 up to 280km/h on the front straight before Turn 1 before braking at the 150m mark and turning with relative ease, I had a feeling then the Avant could have gone even faster had there been a longer straight. Till this date no other car has gotten me up to that speed at Sepang.
Now we are not strangers to brain-sloshing G-forces, evident in recent test-drive of the Alpina XD3 (read the review here), which also had 700Nm of torque, thanks to a turbocharged diesel burner.
I would have to admit the tuned-up Bimmer was fast and had a little of that sink into your seat G-force feels when you really let it rip, but going from that to the RS6? The Audi Sport estate is on a whole different plane altogether. Prod on that throttle and you will hear that unmistakable V8 growl as well as a less audible turbo spooling soundtrack, but all that probably would not matter as your brain is still struggling to comprehend what just happened.