The new Audi RS6 Avant is an interesting competitor to the BMW M5 Competition because it uses a similar formula, but with a twist. Both cars use 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8s with 600 hp, eight-speed ZF automatic and four-wheel drive. However, the BMW M5 is a sedan and the Audi RS6 is a station wagon. They both have their strengths and weaknesses, but which one is actually better? We find out in this video by Joe Achilles.
Achilles recently spent a week in a BMW M5 Competition and then a week in the Audi RS6 Avant, without too much time in between. So he was able to do an accurate comparison between the two cars and judge them properly. In his review, he only drives the RS6, but he makes comparisons between him and the M5 everywhere, trying to determine which car is better.
In terms of speed, both cars are astonishingly fast, but the M5 is faster. His RaceBox recorded time for the Audi RS6 Avant was 3.31 seconds, three seconds faster than Audi’s claimed time. While his recorded time for the BMW M5 Competition was 2.99 seconds. The Bimmer is therefore considerably faster. He does note that it feels that Audi has difficulty accelerating hard within the first five meters or so. After that initial delay, however, he claimed it seems to pull just as hard as the M5.
The BMW M5 is also the sharper car, but only slightly. Through some curves the Audi RS6 Avant is a great handling, really exciting car to drive and one that defies physics. However, the M5 is just a bit more precise on the road and certainly more on the track.
Where the Audi RS6 Avant gets an advantage on the road, it is in its driving comfort. The RS6 is one of the best driving sports cars in the world and a lot better than the BMW. Not only is it more comfortable than the M5, but it’s no slouch at corners either. So it is more pleasant to drive regularly, but it is also nicer to drive fast, because the smoother suspension ensures that it is planted through a rougher sidewalk.
But in the end, Achilles chose the BMW M5 Competition as the car he preferred. It’s an exciting race and there’s a lot to like about the Audi RS6, but he thinks the M5 Comp is the best for him.