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.
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?