The 2021 Audi RS 6 Avant is a super-hot wagon with a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 stuffed under the hood to help make up for the extra cargo you can stuff in its large boot. It produces 591 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque, which Audi says is good for a 0-60 mph sprint time of 3.5 seconds. That's about half a second slower than the current M5, but then, the M5 doesn't come with a fifth door.
2021 Audi RS 6
2021 Audi RS 6Estimated Price: $109,995
- 591 horsepower
- 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds
- Wagon body style
- The first RS 6 Avant generation to come to the United States
Audi has always had a special place in the hearts of car enthusiasts, and its past RS cars have something of a cult following. But the company's current lineup has gotten a little bland for such die-hard fans. The delightfully quirky five-cylinder RS 3 and TT RS are both getting the ax, while the latest iteration of the RS 5 ditches the old model's sonorous V8 for a V6 that's plenty powerful but doesn't offer much in the way of personality.
Audi has two big competitors when it comes to super-hot wagons. The first is the Mercedes-Benz AMG E 63 S Wagon, which packs a 603-hp twin-turbo V8 and boasts similar performance specs. One advantage of the Mercedes is a bigger trunk — while it looks less sporty, you get more cargo space in the trade.
It's great to see Audi embracing a car with personality. The RS 6's aggressive styling and ripping V8 may not be for everyone, but they certainly make a statement.