New Audi RS6 Avant
The new Audi RS6 Avant is the latest RS from Audi's quattro GmbH division, and to ensure it's got the firepower to beat its AMG and M Division rivals Audi has put a stonking 5.0-litre V10 under the bonnet and turned up the wick with a pair of big turbos. The result? A quite ludicrous 572bhp and the ability to sprint to 62mph in just 4.6 seconds.
The RS6 is four-wheel drive, allowing you to repeat that 0-62mph time in less than perfect conditions. Indeed, while its rivals are trying to melt their rear tyres and collecting up the mess with electronics the RS6 just hunkers down and gets on with the business of catapulting you forwards at silly speeds. If you've the space and are on an unrestricted autobahn it'll reach an electronically limited 155mph maximum.
The Audi RS6 Avant will be avaliable from £77,625, add those trick ceramic brakes and a few other choice options and you'll be looking at well into £80k. Fast as it is that's a huge pile of money. BMW and Mercedes-Benz AMG offer their über-estates for at least £10,000 less. Both the Mercedes and BMW are arguably more exciting to drive, more edgy, and more involving behind the wheel, the RS6 feeling a bit clinical, detached and nose heavy due to the forward position of its mighty V10. The Audi counters with its subtle good looks, fantastically comfortable and beautifully finished cabin, but then Audi's own S6 offers much the same, and for £20,000 less.