Speed Week: RS6 vs. SLS Black
An RS6 vs. an SLS Black? Surely some mistake. In fact, they have more in common than you’d think...
Posted: 16 Aug 2013
What, then, makes this contest so fascinating is what happened when we arrived at the track. Given that as a road car the Black is at best barely house-trained, you might imagine that it would relish an early opportunity to spank itself backwards into something solid. Presented with the same circumstances, the standard SLS might well do just that - body control isn't its forte.
So I watch as my colleagues approach the SLS Black warily, reading a reputation written in Michelin Cup tyres, carbon trimmings, daft doors and perhaps one of the most exciting road-car engines there has ever been. They know that driving it will allow them to live their Le Mans fantasies, but fear the consequences of getting it wrong. No one fears the Audi. People get in and go fast straight away. I bet plenty of people are going faster around Charade in the RS6 than anything else. I also bet some of them have outbraked themselves once or twice in the process, faintly shocked at just how effective the twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 is at heaping speed on.