What is the RS 6?
In short, the Audi RS 6 is a ballistic missile masquerading as a station wagon. It couples the inherent practicality (not to mention the off-the-chart cool factor) of a wagon with a 591-horsepower twin-turbo V8 engine and the ridiculous traction you can only get from all-wheel drive to create what is arguably the ultimate expression of a station wagon. In spite of all that performance, the RS 6 manages to remain comfortable and composed in day-to-day driving and offers quite a bit of modern tech to round out the experience.
No one asked Audi to give the RS 6 more power, but for 2024 it looks like Audi will be doing exactly that. Currently the RS 6 comes in one trim, but for the coming model year Audi has tacked on a Performance trim level. As you might expect, that trim level adds performance on two fronts: power and handling. Power from the twin-turbo V8 will grow 30 hp to a whopping 621 hp, while handling will benefit from a decrease in weight, chassis modifications and grippier tires. Audi will likely announce a few new colors for the RS 6 as well.
Sadly, competition in the überwagon class is pretty scarce but Porsche and Mercedes-AMG build some serious metal. Porsche offers the swoopy Panamera Sport Turismo with up to 690 hp and Mercedes puts out its stately AMG E 63 S wagon with 603 hp. If you're more of a hatchback person, the Audi RS 7, a mechanical twin to the RS 6, is also available. Just keep in mind that all of this fast practicality (fasticality?) will set you back over $125K before you know it.