Its full name: Audi RS6 4.0 TFSI quattro; and even it doesn’t exactly hang around when its bi-turbo eight-cylinder engine is suitably motivated. 560 hp and 700 Nm of torque make for irresistible traction. This Avant accelerates from a standing start to 100 km/h in not even four seconds. But despite that – Roland Mayer and his MTM team have done their stuff and breathed even more life into the power bundle – the current version boasts 722 hp and 885 Nm. This knocks a few tenths of a second off the sprint to 100 km/h, now achieved in exactly 3.3 seconds, 200 km/h is clocked in 11.3 seconds and on its way to its top speed of 340 km/h the 250 km/h mark is passed in a shade under 19 seconds.
At this point, Roland Mayer, who is absolutely a fan of the blessings of simulation in the development process, refers to original measurements: “we tested and measured this variant in Nardo – everything genuine, everything okay.” In a direct comparison with the C6, the predecessor with a 10-cylinder power unit, the mtm interpretation also emphatically illustrates that less can be more: “our C7 leads by a nose”, says the boss with a grin. However, this current MTM configuration for the RS6 C7 will not be the last. “The technical potential of the standard version permits different variations that we will carefully evaluate for their suitability for everyday use”, said the boss with an eye to the future.
Superiority comes at a price – in this instance as well. The RS6 4.0 TFSI quattro is your’s for 107,900 euros ex works. The price tag on the power upgrade to 722 hp is just short of 13,751.80 euros and the MTM stainless steel exhaust system with flaps in the front and main silencer worth almost 4,000 euros is included in the price. It ensures that acoustically as well it is always clear where the torque power play is headed.
The power is applied to the road via MTM 20” bimoto wheels. They are shod with 285/35 ZR 20 Michelin Pilot Supersports and offer appropriate feedback under load and when braking. The front axle is served by an MTM-defined Brembo monobloc six-piston braking system (405 x 36 mm) and punched brake discs. “It does a stellar job of holding it in check – even when it’s really motoring” says Roland Mayer, briefly letting the the eight cylinder engine rip then the revs fall. Looks good, with the flush-fitting wheels and carbon wing mirrors; sounds good as well with the crisp gear change intervals from one to eight, controlled by two shift paddles made of the same high-tech material. Perhaps the car’s specification should include a yellow jersey as well because following the car in front is going to be difficult in the mtm RS6 C7.