The most powerful production Audi ever belongs in this list for that reason alone
Meet the most powerful production Audi ever – for that reason alone, the latest RS6 merits a place in our greatest quattros line-up. But there’s more to this wolf in sheep’s clothing than sledgehammer performance.
The RS6 is available as a saloon or Avant estate, and with its impeccable cabin and superb refinement, it blends luxury with pace in one stunning package. Power comes from an incredible 5.0-litre twin-turbo V10 with 572bhp and 650Nm of torque – making the carrier the world’s fastest-accelerating estate car!
Its engine is a technological masterpiece. The mighty V10 is packaged so tightly under the bonnet that it needs seven separate radiators and four fans to stay cool. And to keep oil flow constant during hard cornering, it features the same kind of dry-sump lubrication found on racing cars.
Despite the RS6’s near-two-tonne kerbweight, performance is staggering and the brutal acceleration is even more astonishing because of the fuss-free way in which the power is delivered. Traction is unbreakable and stability at speed is rock solid. The clever 4WD provides a 40/60 split in torque towards the rear, which helps the car turn in positively, and the active dampers aid both ride quality and body control.
The six-speed auto box provides a distinctive warble on upshifts, while the V10’s subdued growl never lets you forget this is a very special machine. At £74,555, it comes at a price, but the RS6 offers incredible performance, refinement and quality – and proves you can wrap supercar pace in a spacious saloon or estate body.
WHY: Twin-Turbo V10 gives massive performance with minimal effort
In this review
- 1IntroductionAudi's new RS5 has been launched on the 30th anniversary of Audi's quattro system. Here we hit the race track in 11 of the best four-wheel-drive cars has ever made...
- 2Audi UR QuattroOne of the first passenger cars to feature four wheel drive, the UR Quattro's engine, looks and handling propelled it to legendary status
- 3Audi Rally QuattroAfter transforming rallying for good, the Rally Quattro went on to win just about everything - with up to 600bhp under the bonnet
- 4Audi Sport QuattroThe 2.1-litre engine in the Sport Quattro produces 307bhp and shoots it to 60mph in 4.8 seconds. Not bad for 1984, or now for that matter
- 5Audi S2 CoupeSmoother S2 was a major departure from original Quattro.
- 6Audi RS2 AvantPorsche and Audi joined forces and engineered the 315bhp RS2 Avant. Less than 3000 were made and even fewer were RHD.
- 7Audi A4 Touring CarFielding an all-wheel drive Audi in the BTCC gave it the notoriety it deserved. It also got 4WD cars banned from entering ever again.
- 8Audi TT SportThe lighter, tuned TT Sport turned the already great TT into a proper drivers' car
- 9Audi RS4 AvantA spiritual successor to the Porsche-tuned RS2, the RS4 Avant blends supercar power with estate practicality
- 10Audi RS6 - currently readingThe most powerful production Audi ever belongs in this list for that reason alone
- 11Audi TTSExtra power, sharper steering and better dynamics add extra thrills to the already superb TT
- 12Audi R8Fantastic handling, outstanding performance and looks that stop traffic, the R8 is an outstanding car