The estate is the one to have, right? The wagon just looks better, doesn’t it? Well, perhaps not this time. The tail of the RS6 Avant is a rather soft, curvaceous affair that actually masks the car’s fantastic box arches and denudes it of much of its aggression. The saloon, however, looks much more compact, squat and purposeful.
The saloon feels more compact and alert to drive too, the rear axle following the front more readily – less like it’s got a big box over the top of it. Because it weighs 50kg less (taking it to just under two tons) the spring rates have also been reduced all round. There are three settings for the suspension; ‘Dynamic’ is the best, ‘Sport’ being too bouncy and ‘Comfort’ a touch too soft and a little indistinct if you’re attacking corners.
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Up front there’s still the truly awesome 572bhp twin-turbo V10 with 479lb ft all the way from 1500 to 6250rpm. It is fantastically responsive and due to some acoustic witchcraft it even sounds more vocal in the saloon.
So, before you buy an RS6 just ask yourself how often you really need to pack something big.
|Engine||V10, 4991cc, twin-turbo|
|Max power||572bhp @ 6250-6700rpm|
|Max torque||479lb ft @ 1500-6250rpm|
|Top speed||155mph (limited)|