Earlier this week, Audi showed us the all-new RS6 Avant. It looks bloody terrific. Great stance, proper attitude, correct amount of flare to the wheelarches. It shows where BMW went wrong with the current M5. Well, the visuals at least, there’s not much wrong with the way it drives.
So very shortly, probably before anyone outside the company has even driven it, people will start jumping up and down and declaring it the world’s best all-condition car. So we thought we’d get in first. And tell you that, actually, it probably won’t be.
Now don’t get me wrong, it’ll be a monster thing. With 592bhp and 590lb ft of torque its four fat tyres will break down tarmac into its constituent elements, while inside all is calmness and space. It’ll mincify roads, no matter how wet, cold, oily, angled, lumpy or potholed. I already want one so badly it hurts. But is that all we want from the world’s best all-condition car? I used to run a C7 RS6, and despite its might, I often found myself wanting more interaction – yep, even when it was February. Especially when it was February, come to think of it.
Which is why I’m here to tell you that the best car for February is not the new RS6, nor the BMW M5, the Merc E63 S wagon or any other over-powered estate. And certainly not any lifted SUV, up to and including the Lamborghini Urus.