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Arch Nemesis

Audi’s RS6 super-wagon has returned and it’s pumped to see you.

Ollie Kew

Welcome to the new Audi RS6 Avant. Power by turbo V8. Interior by Star Wars. Bodywork by The Incredible Hulk. Have you ever seen a more butch family estate car than this?

The old 412kW Audi RS6 was hardly a Q-car, but this new 2019 version is a whopper: 40mm wider at each wheel arch. Yep, it’s a gigantic 80mm wider overall than your manager’s A6 Avant. This is not a car lacking swagger. Those wheels? 22 inches across, to squeeze in the biggest brakes Audi’s ever fitted to a car.

They’re needed to reign in some mega pace courtesy of Audi’s 4.0-litre bi-turbo V8. It delivers 441kW and torque’s up by 100Nm to 800Nm, because the new RS6’s gearbox hasn’t been skipping leg day and can handle the twist. It’s an eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox driving the front wheels as well as the rears, of course. The rear wheels’ squabbling over torque is refereed by an adaptive ‘sport differential’ that shuffles it around to where it’s best deployed.

When it’s best deployed, you’ll go from 0-100kph in just 3.6 seconds, and not top out until you reach 305kph. Along the way, the body is automatically lowered thanks to intelligent air suspension, which also works to keep the RS6 level in corners. It’s a system shared with the likes of the Lamborghini Urus, in fact.

This is not far off being a 320kph family wagon. And yet it’s also a mild-hybrid, capable of shutting down f

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