That twin-turbo V8 sounds naughty.
There’s nothing necessarily wrong with the term “estate” and yet it feels a bit outdated when the car in question is a mighty Audi RS6 Avant. It’s still a family hauler at the end of the day, but there aren’t a lot of estates out there that sound like Ingolstadt’s long-roof beast. The Stig experienced the sheer lunacy of the all-in-one machine with the Four Rings by flogging it around the Top Gear test track.
The RS6 has always been a force to be reckoned with in a straight line, but this video goes to show Audi’s ultimate family car in the latest C8 generation is not too shabby in a corner either. It’s no MX-5 levels of sharpness, but then again, it weighs roughly twice as much. There’s some noticeable understeer here and there, but it’s not the end of the world.
Gallery: Audi RS6 Avant (2019)
That twin-turbo V8 4.0-litre engine generates more than just a raspy soundtrack as it also happens to make 591 bhp and a colossal 590 pound-feet (800 Newton-metres) of torque. There could be an even more powerful version planned as Audi hasn’t ruled out a Performance model with a hybrid setup that would also be applied to an RS7 Performance.
At a starting price of £95,440, this complete package certainly doesn’t come cheap, but few other cars in the world can tick so many boxes for the ideal one-car garage. The prohibitive price tag makes the RS6 Avant out of reach for a lot of people, which is why many fast estate aficionados would want the smaller RS4 Avant instead. To give you an idea about how much it would cost, there’s almost a £30,000 gap between the two in the UK market.