The family estate that's as fast as a Ferrari: Audi unveils new five-door which can go at speeds of up to 190mph
Faster than a Porsche 911 and can do 0-60mph in just 3.9secondsFamily estate still has room for five people and luggage space in the bootRoad safety charity says no car should be able to drive so fast

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German car manufacturer has sparked criticism with its new estate car that, with a top speed of 189mph, is as fast as a Ferrari.

With its huge amount of boot space and plush interior, the new Audi RS6 Avant estate car looks best suited for a family getaway.

But if the kids drive you round the bend, its 4-litre V8 engine means you can make a quick getaway of your own in what is believed to be the world's fastest estate car.

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Power: The new Audi RS6 Avant is capable of doing 0-62mph in just 3.9 seconds

Power: The new Audi RS6 Avant is capable of doing 0-62mph in just 3.9 seconds

Zoom zoom: The Audi RS6 Avant is faster than a Porsche 911 and can hit a top speed of 189mph

Zoom zoom: The Audi RS6 Avant is faster than a Porsche 911 and can hit a top speed of 189mph

Luxury: The RS6 Avant costs from 77,000 and is believed to be the fastest family estate car in the world t costs 80,000

Luxury: The RS6 Avant costs from 77,000 and is believed to be the fastest family estate car in the world

The four-wheel drive 'supercar' can accelerate from 0-62mph in just 3.9 seconds.

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Brute force: The Audi has a 4 litre V8 engine which is also used by the Bentley Continental

Roomy: The RS6 still has space for five passengers and luggage in the boot despite the 4 litre V8 engine

Roomy: The RS6 still has space for five passengers and luggage in the boot despite the 4 litre V8 engine

The V8 engine is also used in the
Bentley Continental – popular with Premier League footballers – and
powers an eight-speed gearbox.

The standard model will be limited to 155mph but this can be removed to give it a top speed of 174mph.

NEW AUDI'S VITAL STATISTICS

0-60mph : 3.9 seconds

Top Speed : 189mph

Engine : 4-litre V8

Efficiency : 28mpg

Cost : Between 75,000 to 80,000

But owners wanting to go even faster can opt for the top-end ‘Dynamic Plus’ model which will hit a staggering 189mph.

Audi's team of engineers performed 5,000 test miles at the Nurburgring race track
before signing it off for production.

And despite its performance, Audi
claims the RS6 Avant is capable of 28mpg which makes it 40 per cent
more efficient than its predecessor.

It is expected to cost between 75,000 to 80,000 when it goes on sale next year.

The firm, based in Ingolstadt,
Germany, had its best year in 2011 – selling 1.3 million cars worldwide
with 113,703 models sold in the UK.

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