2021 Audi RS6 Avant: Is this the best wagon in the world and a tribute?

Audi has brought the mighty RS6 Avant to the US market. This is a great thing for wagon lovers, even if this specific one is out of reach price-wise for many. That’s because it can help foster a love of the longroof and a desire to acquire other, more standard models. This specific one you see here though? This is a limited-edition RS6 Avant, which has been created to pay homage to an Audi trailblazer.

(Source: Bring-A-Trailer)

This is the 2021 Audi RS6 Avant RS Tribute. The car it’s paying tribute to is the Audi RS2. That was Audi’s original fast wagon, and it’s been an object of obsession for four-ringed wagon fans ever since. While that car made do with a 2.2-liter turbocharged 5-cylinder making over 310 horsepower, the modern muscle machine that is the RS6 makes a bit more.

The 2021 RS6 Avant uses a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 that produces 591 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque. It’s able to rip from 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds, all while transporting a full load of groceries and probably with a pair of very fancy mountain bikes on the roof.


For this RS Tribute version, Audi is merely offering a style package. It’s a good one though because the cars are all finished in Nogaro Blue Pearl Effect paint contrasted by black trim elements. On the inside, there’s carbon twill inlays and Denim Blue contrast stitching. Audi will build just 25 RS Tribute cars. Each one has an MSRP of $136,800. That’s a good chunk over the $110,045 starting price of the standard RS6 Avant. But 25 is a very small run for a modern production car. Though… to be fair, and realistic, the total production run for the standard car will be small as well. That is the same story for the Mercedes-AMG E63 and Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo as well.

Regardless, this is a nice nod to Audi’s fast wagon past. Let’s take a look at more pics of the thing, shall we?

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7 responses to “2021 Audi RS6 Avant: Is this the best wagon in the world and a tribute?”

  1. 0A5599 Avatar

    “This is a limited-edition RS6 Avant, which has been created to pay homage to an Audi trailblazer.”

    I’m pretty sure that’s a Chevy, dude.


      1. 0A5599 Avatar

        Trailblazer was a trim line on the S-10 Blazer for a couple years prior to morphing into its own model.

        Admittedly, the picture I posted was of an Xtreme trim S-10 Blazer and not a Trailblazer, and I was well aware of that when I selected it; I chose it because I liked the color. I knew the image did not fully support the point made in the text, but figured some visual pop would be nice yet irrelevant fluff.

        As a peace offering, please accept my humble apologies and this photograph of a Blazer Trailblazer in a duller shade of blue.


        1. Zentropy Avatar

          Ha! Indeed, you’ve out-pedanticked me. I never realized “Trailblazer” was a trim line for the Blazer. Consider me humbled.

          Regardless of the name, that Xtreme you posted is a nice looking truck. I always thought the 2-door versions of that model looked good– much better than the 2-door Explorer Sport.

  2. Zentropy Avatar

    Demerits for trying way too hard in the styling department. Looks like Playskool was involved, whereas that AMG wagon posted earlier presents a much more mature and tasteful design.

    1. dr zero Avatar
      dr zero

      Agreed. I like the colour but not much else. The RS2 on the other hand…

  3. outback_ute Avatar

    The RS2 was famous for having Porsche engineering; with Porsche sharing VAG product lines now I’m sure there would be a number of components that are shared.

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