Supercar owners take note.
For the first time ever, the Audi RS6 Avant is being sold in America. For years, enthusiasts have been asking (more like begging) the German automaker to ship over the latest version of its supercar-hunting, high-horsepower station wagon. Who needs a crossover, right?
Audi finally obliged last September when the all-new 2021 RS6 Avant made its official debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show. We were immediately smitten. Who wouldn't be with a wagon with a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 producing 591 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque and standard all-wheel drive? Plus, the RS6 Avant looks the part inside and out.
And now, after months of waiting, the first RS6 Avants have arrived in America, according to Car and Driver. A ship has just docked at the Port of Davisville in Rhode Island and unloaded its precious cargo.
Audi provided a few photos to prove this isn't a dream. Priced from $110,045 each, the RS6 Avant is by no means cheap, but it's also the first high-performance RS wagon Audi has ever sold in our neck of the woods. Normally, the Avants, which is Audi-speak for wagons, are limited to the European market where the body style remains relatively popular. It's also important to mention the RS6 Avant isn't a limited production vehicle with a set number of examples destined for America.
Audi will sell as many as demanded and already a company spokesperson says "many" orders have been placed. There's no question the high-powered wagon segment is ultra-niche, but the RS6 Avant isn't alone.
It'll have one main rival: the Mercedes-AMG E63 Wagon, which starts from $111,750. Also powered by a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8, it has 603 hp and 627 lb-ft as well as standard AWD. AMG claims a 0-60 mph time of 3.4 seconds while the RS6 does the same deed in a claimed 3.5 seconds. Clearly, a drag race will be in order in the very near future.
The RS6 Avant configurator is already up and running on Audi's official US website and if you want to spend a few hours on this fine August Sunday sitting behind a computer, then we see no better reason for doing so.