I think we can all agree that if we had to choose between a premium crossover / SUV or a sedan in terms of practicality, the enthusiast in us would choose neither and go for a bloated station wagon. Fortunately, the introduction of the new Audi RS6 Avant in the US has made this decision even easier, especially if you’ve been exasperated by the lack of performance options. Plus, the luck of a real BMW M3 Touring doesn’t hurt either. But what might sound like a regular wagon with an untrained eye (meaning you totally miss the huge wheels, arches, and massive air vents) is actually a pretty well-honed machine when pushed to. his limits. And what better way to test the capabilities of the RS6 Avant than in the famous Green Hell?
Here we have the French automotive website L’argus and their driver Mathieu Sentis driving an Audi RS6 Avant with most of the goodies optional. Right away, we already know this wagon isn’t light, tipping the scales at almost 4,750 pounds. But the chassis performs very well, thanks to rear wheel steering combined with the fantastic all-wheel drive system, and demonstrates great stability on the faster sections of the track and is quite agile in tighter corners. Understeer is almost non-existent, and we can even see a playful oversteer that is perfectly controllable and coiled by the driver.
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The Audi RS6 Avant makes full use of this 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 with 591 horsepower (441 kW) and 591 pound-feet (800 Nm) of torque, and the 8-speed Tiptronic shifts quickly and even has multiple downshifts on demand. . Triple-digit speeds are standard for this vehicle on most sections of the Nürburgring Nordschleife, and it seems that all preconceived notions of this logging wagon’s weight and width slip out the window in the early laps. That is, of course, if you know the trail by heart.
Either way, watch the full video above and see why this wagon and the entire RS line has been so important since its inception. We’re always happy to see him essentially out of his element, taking on other performance cars during Touristenfahrten, and always ready to pick up the kids after school and drop by for groceries later in the day.