Chris Harris video: RS6 vs CLS63


I've already stated at length how impressive the new RS6 is - and also how inconsistent the product line from Quattro Gmbh seems to be. No doubt about it, the new RS6 is the best regular machine it makes.

As standard, the RS6 is limited to 155mph. This is quite fast enough for us Brits, but ze Germans understandably have a need to go a bit quicker, so the optional Dynamic pack can take you to 174mph. Clearly this won't prove a big enough fix for your committed hedonist, so the Dynamic Plus pack, which includes ceramic front discs and appears to cost more than a Mountune Fiesta ST, raises that to 189mph.

'My kind of cars' says Harris - who's to disagree?
'My kind of cars' says Harris - who's to disagree?
Now within all this excellent margin work from Audi, does anyone remember the gentlemen's agreement reached by those same Germans back in the early 90s? The one which limited everything to 155mph? Neither, it appears, does the German car industry.

AMG will lift your speed limiter, as will BMW M, as will Jaguar. Does this mean the agreement has been quietly forgotten, just like the silly Japanese power limit of 280hp? I hope so.

Porsche, Alpina and Brabus refused to sign the piece of paper from the start, which probably means they retain some of the moral high-ground, but the reality is that these speed limiters can be cracked so easily they really are, and always have been pointless.

This RS6 came with the medium setting of 174mph. Suffice to say it is quite shocking how quickly the car will run straight into the electronic safety blanket. The AMG always feels like it could kneecap a junior supercar, but on road and drag strip the Audi is something else altogether.

These really are my type of car.

Enjoy the vid.


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  • jamieduff1981 14 Aug 2013

    Of the two I'd prefer the Mercedes. I'm not a fan of any of Audi's usual selling points, and I really don't like AWD.

    Before anyone tries the practicality card I'll state that I live in Scotland and have a lot of snow driving experience. I actually really enjoy driving in the snow. I've had 2WD cars with a bit of poke for a long time and simply do not see any fundamental requirement for AWD in British depths of snow, and certainly not in the wet. The loud pedal does not need to touch the carpet all of the time, but it's nice to have an excess of power to entertain whatever the weather. If a 2 tonne barge with 2WD is too much for you to cope with if the road gets damp, then you probably just need to adjust your driving style to the conditions as they say. You can mask your incompetence and poor judgement with AWD as you're speeding up but sooner or later you're going to find that 2WD and 4WD cars have the same limitations when braking. Given that I think AWD is unnecessary, the disadvantages it brings (e.g. utterly ruining the way it feels) I'll take the AMG. Or an XFR-S.

    All that said, I think estates are ugly. I'd get the saloon for daily driver / long drives to see the inlaws in SW Wales etc. I've yet to run out of space with luggage and clobber for 2 toddlers with even the modest boot sizes my current dailies have, so I don't see any benefit in buying the ugly sister just incase I need to transport a sheep in the car.

  • Wills2 14 Aug 2013

    Never understood why people get sneery at other peoples car choices....

  • chelme 14 Aug 2013

    Spoof said:
    chelme said:
    Spoof said:
    Because its bloody good fun. My track car wasn't ready for a recent Combe day I had booked, so what do you do?
    Break out the E63. I can also take the dog for a walk, get our bikes in the boot and should I want to overtake you bimbling along an A road, I've got that covered too. I also derive great pleasure from the noise it makes.
    Good God man, even my wife enjoys giving it the beans every now and then.
    Overtake me if you want to in your fat Merc, but look in your rear-view mirror, and I’d be the one grinning happily in the Alfa ;-)
    I've no doubt you would be, if that's your Alfa in your profile it looks gorgeous, you just came across in previous posts as if you only drive at 30 mph everywhere or are a bit narrow minded as to the possible merits of other vehicles.
    I appraciate your point and maybe I am narrow minded in the sense that I consider cars like uber powerful estates to be too compromised and I don't think you need 500 + bhp in an estate to have fun, i.e. I'd instead take your M3 any day! ;-)

  • Wills2 13 Aug 2013

    405dogvan said:
    OK 3 years is pushing it but they'll be these inside 5 - take this, for example

    http://www.pistonheads.com/classifieds/used-cars/a...

    5 years - £29K and I think that's probably a bit optimistic.
    But if you want one with an Audi warranty this 4 year old one will cost 40k, always a cheap car available but that doesn't make it the market.

    I'd say your forecast of 30k in 3 years is way off the mark as a retail price, however a trade price might be different!

    Edited by Wills2 on Tuesday 13th August 07:55

  • Spoof 12 Aug 2013

    chelme said:
    Spoof said:
    Because its bloody good fun. My track car wasn't ready for a recent Combe day I had booked, so what do you do?
    Break out the E63. I can also take the dog for a walk, get our bikes in the boot and should I want to overtake you bimbling along an A road, I've got that covered too. I also derive great pleasure from the noise it makes.
    Good God man, even my wife enjoys giving it the beans every now and then.
    Overtake me if you want to in your fat Merc, but look in your rear-view mirror, and I’d be the one grinning happily in the Alfa ;-)
    I've no doubt you would be, if that's your Alfa in your profile it looks gorgeous, you just came across in previous posts as if you only drive at 30 mph everywhere or are a bit narrow minded as to the possible merits of other vehicles.

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