New member: RS6 Avant [PICS]
Bought this bad-boy last week so I thought I'd sign up to an Audi forum to spread the love!
1500 miles on the clock and 1 month old.
Traded in my Audi S3 Abt for something more 'sensible' :jester:
I spend most of my waking hours over on Rennteam talking about Porsches but this RS6 has really impressed me.
FIRST IMPRESSIONS FROM WHEN 1ST PICKED UP CAR
The car is very light to drive at slow speeds and then the steering gains more weight the faster you go. The 'largeness' of the car was soon acclimatized to, so that was good.
The auto gearbox is laggy in 'drive' and only really any good for fuel economy - very very smooth though. The gearbox in auto 'sport' mode is much more aggressive, even blipping a little on the down changes. My favourite though are the manual flappy paddles on the steering wheel. Very responsive and great fun. Sticking the car in 2nd and getting up towards 7000 rpm generates a heavenly noise (albeit a little muted) from the V10 engine.
Noise wise, I was hoping for more roar from the V10 (alla Lambo). I guess though then it's hard to hear the TV as you go along then http://www.rennteam.com/staticimages...lins/angel.gif
The engine itself isn't as quick as I thought it was going to be. Plenty fast though still for a family car, and I am accustomed now to 800Nm torque in a car weighing 500kg less (my Turbo) so it's not surprising I am not blown away. I found the car actually seems to get faster AFTER 100 though! You suddenly have to jump on the breaks as it's so smooth it's incredibly deceiving how fast you are actually going. Doing 70mph on the motorway seems like it's 50mph. I can see how this car could happily sit at the 174mph limiter.
The luxury levels are excellent too, Silver white leather seats which are very very comfy and lots of room in the back - friends and family members are already booking rides to be chauffeured.
Other gadgets like freeview TV reception, radar guided adaptive cruise control, rear parking cameras and guidelines, etc etc are all goodies that great fun. Only downside is the amount of time I spend NOT looking at the road ahead!
The fuel economy is a bit scary. Ĺ tank (40L) says only 150 miles left! I wasnít driving fast at all on the way home so I hope itís just settling. 5L V10 twin Turbo for you though!!!
FURTHER IMPRESSIONS A WEEK LATER
Fantastic on the motorway, fantastic on the back roads! The single downside was the 24mpg I only achieved on the motorway - that's worse than my Turbo which does about 28mpg on the motorways.
Bit of a mystery currently with the front right tyre getting 6 degC hotter than the left front tyre after driving for 30 mins.
To compound that, yesterday I just had Audi Roadside Assistance come out and look at the car as I got a brake failure warning light come on.
They found the brake fluid level was just under half full, hence the warning lights. No leaks that could be seen. No explanation though why the front right tyre is getting hotter than the front left tyre though. The car isn't pulling to either side when hard braking and feels fine.
Hopefully today when they do an investigation at the Audi Dealership they might find something else causing the difference.
The REALLY odd thing is that the morning from cold, the front right was still 2 degC higher than all 3 others, and 2psi more (despite me aligning them all on Sunday and verifying with 2 pressure gauges they were all the same). Mystery!
Anyway,I am feeling a bit guilty over my neglected Turbo at the moment as I only want to drive the RS6 all the time! I am having so much fun it it with the power, the engine and the fantastic Tiptronic gearbox (way better than Porsche's offering). I suppose the weather has been pretty rubbish here over the last month so not really 911 weather.
Me and the Mrs are planning a trip up to the Peak district and another to Australia in the next couple of months, and I am seriously considering taking the RS6 over the Turbo!