These frequent neighbourhood blackouts happen every time an Audi RS6 Avant is started up in the south of France, where the world launch is in full swing right now.
The mighty Avant, see, is a car – no, an estate, a station wagon – that drains the power grid silly, for the simple reason that 426 kW and 650 Nm gotta come from somewhere.
Better yet: it must go somewhere, too.
Ah-ham! We’ll get back to that in a minute – and it’s a long minute if you push pedal to the metal. A car like the RS6 covers a lot of ground in 60 seconds.
In fact, it burns up a decent bit of bitumen in just a quarter of that time, as 200 km/h flashes by in 14.9 seconds. That’s barely 10 seconds after the Audi’s bright and luminous red speedo needle has crashed through 100 km/h, which happens at 4.6 secs after take-off.
That’s fantastically quick for a car – no, a wagon – carrying two tons of beef plus another 25 kg in its huge 4 928 x 1 889 x 1 460 mm frame. That’s almost a 5.0 x 1.9 m belly print – yet the roof is 25 mm lower than a Golf’s.