The new Audi RS6 Avant is an interesting rival to the BMW M5 Competition as it uses a very similar formula but with a twist. Both cars use 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engines with 600 hp, eight-speed automatic transmission ZF and all-wheel drive. However, the BMW M5 is a sedan and the Audi RS6 is a station wagon. They both have their own strengths and weaknesses, but which one is better? We find out in this movie by Joe Achilles.
Achilles recently spent a week in the BMW M5 competition, and then spent a week in the Audi RS6 Avant, without too much time in between. So he was able to draw an exact comparison between the two cars and evaluate them accordingly. He only drives the RS6 in his review, but compares it to the M5 in an attempt to determine which car is better.
In terms of direct speed, both cars are surprisingly fast, but the M5 is faster. His RaceBox recorded time for the Audi RS6 Avant was 3.31 seconds, which is three seconds faster than the reported Audi time. While his recorded time in the BMW M5 Competition was 2.99 seconds. So Bimmer is much faster. However, he notes that Audi seems to be having trouble accelerating rapidly in the first five meters or so. However, after that initial delay, he claimed to seem to be pulling as hard as the M5.
The BMW M5 is also a sharper car, but just a little bit. For certain twists, the Audi RS6 Avant is a car with great handling, really exciting to drive, and it defies physics. However, the M5 is a bit more precise on the road and certainly more on the track.
The road advantage of the Audi RS6 Avant is its driving comfort. The RS6 is one of the best sports cars to drive in the world and slightly better than the BMW. Not only is it more comfortable than the M5, it also doesn’t slouch in the corners. So it’s nicer to drive regularly, but it’s also more fun to drive fast, because a more flexible suspension keeps the vehicle seated on uneven pavement.
Ultimately, Achilles chose the BMW M5 Competition as the car he would rather have. It’s a stiff competition and there is a lot to like about the Audi RS6, but he thinks the M5 Comp is the best for him.