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Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review: Audi RS6 (2013)

Overall verdict
It’s the most amusing car that Audi makes – including the R8 – for sheer wilful silliness.


Speed, handling, practicality... almost everything, really


Erm, fuel economy?


What is it?

So this is the RS6 Avant, and the recipe remains pretty much the same as before. A big-engined version of the A6 Avant, all-wheel drive, auto ‘box. But the execution is different. Cleverer. A 4.0-litre V8 instead of a 5.0-litre V10. Better balance. More thoughtful deployment of resources. Now, the previous bi-turbo V10 was an excellent express train for mauling Das Autobahn, but tended towards the bloodless when attempting a corner (it required extreme conditions to really show you what it was capable of), and fuelling it was like tipping buckets of unleaded down a car-shaped storm drain. So this version attempts to deal with some of those issues.

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
RS 6 TFSI Quattro Vorsprung 5dr Tiptronic
3.6s 268g/km 600 £107,060
The cheapest
RS 6 TFSI Quattro 5dr Tiptronic
3.6s 263g/km 600 £90,560
The greenest
RS 6 TFSI Quattro 5dr Tiptronic
3.6s 263g/km 600 £90,560