2016 Audi RS6 Avant Performance

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The highest performing variant of the RS models now have a new moniker: "Performance," which replaces the old "Plus" name.

The RS6 Avant Performance produces a substantial 605 hp, up from the 560 hp of the standard RS6. This additional power shaves 0-62 mph times by .2 seconds, down to 3.7 seconds. The added power comes by way of an engine management that notches up ouput via increased rpm and turbo boost pressure.

Even with the high performing engine, the RS6 gets moderately good gas mileage of 24.5 mpg, thanks to the cylinder on demand (COD) system which runs the car on only four cylinders during normal operation.

Power is transmitted by the standard 8-speed tiptronic, which allows the driver the flexibility of running in D or S, or changing the gears manually by either the selector lever or the shift paddles mounted on the steering wheel. The quattro permanent all-wheel drive which has been a mainstay on Audi performance cars decades sends 40% of power to the front axle, and 60% to the rear under normal driving conditions, with a wheel-selective torque control intervening for maximum stability and performance.

Aesthetic enhancements include new bumpers with large air intakes up front and in the rear a diffusor for optimal airflow.

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(from Audi Press Release) Plus performance: the new Audi RS 6 Avant performance

Even more performance coupled with outstanding efficiency – that is what is behind the new “performance” model designation at Audi. The Audi RS 6 Avant performance* and Audi RS 7 Sportback performance* further hone the brand’s sporty profile. Their 4.0 TFSI engine with 445 kW (605 hp) and up to 750 Nm (553.2 lb ft) of torque push acceleration (3.7 seconds) nearly to levels usually reserved for supercars. Fuel consumption remains unchanged at 9.6 and 9.5 liters per 100 kilometers (24.5 and 24.8 US mpg), respectively, corresponding to 223 and 221 g CO2 per km (358.9 and 355.7 g/mi). These are best-in-segment figures.

These top figures for power and efficiency are made possible by the technological expertise of Audi and quattro GmbH. Engineering skills and long years of experience with RS high-performance models went into further optimizing the 4.0 TFSI, from the specific engine management system with increased rpm and boost pressure to the Audi cylinder on demand (COD) system, which only activates four of the eight cylinders when under part load.

quattro permanent all-wheel drive delivers the power to the road and flexibly distributes torque as needed via the center differential. In the standard configuration, 40 percent flows to the front axle and 60 percent to the rear axle. The wheel-selective torque control intervenes as necessary. Audi also equips the quattro drivetrain with an optional sport differential on the rear axle with active torque distribution between the inside and outside wheel.

The sportily elegant interior of the RS 6 Avant performance and RS 7 Sportback performance comes standard with RS sport seats with pronounced side bolsters and integrated head restraints. Audi offers the seats in the color combination black and blue with the optional RS performance design package. This includes new seat upholstery in an Alcantara/leather combination with a honeycomb pattern and matching contrasting stitching on the armrests, control elements and floor mats. Rounding out this interior combination are knee pads in Alcantara and carbon twill blue inlays. This sophisticated and exclusive carbon material is interwoven with a blue thread. The dial instruments feature black faces, white dials and red needles.

The new RS performance models come standard with exclusive 21‑inch cast aluminum wheels shod with size 285/30 tires on the RS 6 Avant performance and 275/30 tires on the RS 7 Sportback performance. The four internally ventilated brake disks have a weight-saving wave design; as an option, Audi offers carbon fiber-ceramic disks. Electronic Stabilization Control (ESC) has a Sport mode and can be deactivated if need be.

The new Audi RS 6 Avant performance costs 117,000 euros in Germany.

Audi RS 6 Avant performance:
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 9.6 (24.5 US mpg);
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 223 (358.9 g/mi)