Last year, Audi confirmed that it will bring the 2021 RS6 Avant—an ultra-high-performance wagon previously only offered in overseas markets—to the United States. There was much rejoicing. Now we know how much it costs: $109,995 (including a $995 destination charge).
For the record, an Audi A6 Allroad wagon starts at $66,895. A Mercedes-AMG E63 S wagon starts at a $112,745, and its future in the United States is uncertain; so far, all we know for sure is that the vaguely ruggedized “All-Terrain” version (Mercedes’ take on the allroad) is confirmed for our market going forward.
What do you get for nearly $110k? To start, a 591-hp, 590-lb-ft 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8—good for 0-60 mph times of just 3.5 seconds. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard, as are features like all-wheel steering. The RS6 Avant ships with an RS adaptive air suspension, but an RS sport suspension, which uses steel springs and three-way adjustable dampers, is also offered.
The RS6 Avant is no sleeper. From the widebody design (Audi says it’s 1.6 inches wider per side thanks to big flared fenders), a special spoiler and a big diffuser out back and standard 21-inch or optional 22-inch RS-specific wheels, this thing telegraphs its high-performance intentions pretty clearly. RS fans will notice the smaller things, like dual oval exhaust tips. And then there’s the fact that this is a wagon that rides lower to the ground rather than higher; it’s not pretending to be a crossover, which marks it as a true rarity in this crazy age.
Beyond the aforementioned RS sport suspension, options include a sport exhaust and RS ceramic brakes (choose between red or gray calipers!); getting those beefed-up stoppers also increases the wagon’s top speed to 190 mph (it’s 155 otherwise).
Further, the RS6 Avant launches with a limited-run RS 25th Anniversary package. These wagons will be painted in Nogaro blue and come equipped with special 22-inch wheels, “RS 25th Anniversary” branding on the seats, standard sport exhaust and more. Just 25 examples will be built. Pricing for this package, as well as the other options, has not yet been released.
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