This is what hypercar-like power looks like in a sporty German station wagon.
Car fans will remember that it was quite a big deal when the Bugatti Veyron first burst onto the scene in 2005, with its quad-turbocharged, 1,000-horsepower 8.0-liter W16 engine, 2.7-second 0-to-60 mph sprint time, and 253-mph top speed. Times have changed in the decade-and-a-half since, and today, you can go to a tuner like MTM, plop down some cash along with the keys to your Audi RS6 Avant, and walk out with a Veyron-rivaling 1,001-horsepower super-wagon.
MTM released the power figure for its bonkers RS6 tuning package back in September, revealing that it will do 0-to-62 mph in 2.8 seconds and hit 124 in an equally impressive 8.2 seconds. In case you're having trouble wrapping your head around just what that might look like, the following video provides some insight.
The MTM RS6's sprint to 62 mph (100 kph) looks effortless and completely devoid of drama, even with electronic stability control deactivated, thanks to the copious traction delivered by its quattro AWD. But apart from looking stupidly quick, the testing seems to corroborate MTM's claims regarding the RS6's 0-to-62 time, showing 2.79 seconds according to GPS data.
Later in the video, the MTM-tuned Audi RS6 Avant is taken up to 333 kph - about 207 mph - on a stretch of the Autobahn with no enforced speed limit. That's just 4 mph shy of the car's advertised 211 mph top speed, and 21 mph faster than the factory RS6 Avant can manage. And if you're wondering, the answer is yes: that sort of speed looks absolutely terrifying on a public road.
What's particularly remarkable about the MTM Audi RS6 Avant is the volume-specific power output; with just a 4.0-liter V8 under the hood, the RS6 is working with half the displacement of the Bugatti Veyron, pumping out a staggering 250 horsepower per liter - not too far off from the Koenigsegg One:1. It's a good time to be a speed fanatic.