Audi India today launched a product aimed at a very niche market. The RS6 Avant is the performance version of the A6 Avant estate and has been priced at Rs 1.35 crore (ex-showroom, Delhi). The estate body style has few takers in the country, and this launch puts in to question the wisdom behind it. This offering is part of the German firms 10 model onslaught for this year and will be brought through the CBU route.
The RS6 Avant strikes you as a sporty, aggressive and fast car, which is exactly what it is. The big, angular grille; acute bonnet lines; huge meshed air intakes; new bumper design and sharp looking Matrix LED headlights at the front, bode well for the car. The muscular wheel arches housing 20-inch wheels (21-inchers are optional) compliment the sporty side skirts well. While the oval shaped twin tailpipes, diffuser, subtle tailgate spoiler and the RS6 badge, all come together to tell the story very effectively. The dynamism and sportiness, I feel, is well conveyed without overdoing the whole bit. The end result is a car which doesn’t look outlandish, but instead, is smooth and not pretentious in its appearance.
The interior is luxurious, as is expected on a car having this price tag. The flat-bottom, three spoke steering wheel is covered in leather and has mounted controls for the infotainment system. Behind that is the seven inch colour screen, displaying information from the MMI system, infotainment systems and driver assistance systems. Next to the steering wheel and above the centre console, is seen the eight inch MMI touchscreen infotainment system that can be used for navigation and music playback. It supports voice control and handwriting recognition with the player having Bluetooth and USB compatibility.
The engine powering this performance estate is a huge 4.0-litre turbocharged V8 with stop-start functionality. This beast conjures up a power figure of 552 bhp and peak torque figure rated at a face warping 700 Nm. Power is thankfully transferred to all four wheels through the legendary Audi Quattro system via an eight speed automatic transmission. It comes as no surprise then, that the RS6 Avant manages a 0-100 kmph time of just 3.9 seconds and tops out at an electronically limited 250 kmph. This top speed however, can be increased on customer’s request to 280 kmph or a mind-bending 305 kmph.
With this launch, Audi hopes to bolster its numero uno position which has come under threat from Mercedes-Benz lately. The Ingolstadt-based manufacturer held on to the top spot in the last fiscal year by just 79 units.