Last Call: The Audi RS6-R Avant is definitely on my top 10 list

As if the fresh Audi RS6 Avant wasn’t an amazing car stock, the new RS6-R takes it to a whole other level. This car, enhanced by ABT, adds 100 more ponies (totaling to 690) to a wagon… Wider fenders make it more aggressive than ever before and that gray paint is to die for. I don’t know why my friends give me weird looks when I tell them how much I love the RS6. They’re always like, “you mean the RS7?” No, the wagon, the savage beast that you can pull up to your kid’s soccer practice and be the most badass parent there. The wagon that will gap Timmy’s dad’s Mustang GT by a country mile.

Now it’ll run you about $180,000 for one and they’re only making 125 to celebrate Audi’s 125th anniversary but hey, I can dream can’t I? This thing easily sits in my top 10 dream cars along with the 918 Spyder, Alfa Romeo GTAm, and the Nissan GT-R. Is it in your top 10? Or do you not event like wagons so it’s not even in your top 100?

Last Call indicates the end of Hooniverse’s broadcast day. It’s meant to be an open forum for anyone and anything. Thread jacking is not only accepted, but it’s also encouraged.

My name is Colby Buchanan and I love all things car-related all the way from rusted 240sx's to McLaren Senna's and of course I have a soft spot for American Muscle. You can spot me in my bone stock '06 350z named MackenZ.

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    1. The Triac is not running, for causes not determined, and from the description, seems to have been that way for at least five years. A 2009 model would be early production, so it could have a number of bugs that had not yet been resolved at the time of production. The company hasn’t been in business for nearly a decade. You’ve recently emerged from a very bad EV ownership experience. Of course, you should buy the Triac immediately before someone else snaps it up.

      What’s your attraction to the model T? It currently runs, and even if something were to happen to it, parts are available at your neighborhood convenience store.

    2. The Triac is not running, for causes not determined, and from the description, seems to have been that way for at least five years. A 2009 model would be early production, so it could have a number of bugs that had not yet been resolved at the time of production. The company hasn’t been in business for nearly a decade. You’ve recently emerged from a very bad EV ownership experience. Of course, you should buy the Triac immediately before someone else snaps it up.

      What’s your attraction to the model T? It currently runs, and even if something were to happen to it, parts are available at your neighborhood convenience store.

      1. My thinking on the Triac is, predictably, much like yours, although my limited research suggests Green Vehicles never achieved production, with perhaps something like twenty prototypes sold to eager testers who were supposed to provide feedback for improving the design in anticipation of large-scale manufacture. I assume it is, much like the Zap, a quietly rebadged product from one of the many EV factories in China which was intended to be either a stopgap measure until US production could occur or and end in itself for stringing along investors and customers via financial shenanigans, with the ultimate choice in interpretation left to one’s own sentiments concerning the fundamental truths of human nature.

        The Ford Model T, on the other hand, represents an unparalleled milestone in not just automotive history but history in general and, as a bonus, features a famously distinctive set of controls and other idiosyncratic design features. Owning and operating one, especially as a daily driver, appeals to me both for its own sake and as an opportunity to see whether what was once a ubiquitous choice can still serve simply as an automobile in the modern world. It doesn’t have to be this T, but I do want a T at some point.

        1. The truck will probably be a quick sale at that price. The EV is going to need just the right buyer–someone who appreciates orphan vehicles needing lots of attention and with little expectations that the results of a lot of effort will have significant value. Someone in the Washington area would be a good find, so that hauling the purchase home isn’t too expensive. I don’t expect him to get many offers on the Triac. The ads say the seller is moving.

          Show up in your Xebra and he will know you are serious. Offer your own package deal, maybe $7k for the pair, and you’ll probably have a new daily driver to go along with the rare driveway ornament.

  1. I know the RS6 is the new hotness, but my hypothetical money is still going E63 wagon. Plus, the last thing the RS6 needed was more aggression.

  2. Yes, and it also works for mechanically locking differentials. You can also use the service brakes if the pedals are placed in a way that allows this.

    For a hand parking brake it’s NBD, hold down the button and apply the amount you need. For foot brake models you’ll need to stop the ratchet pawl from engaging, sometimes a screwdriver will work, or perhaps a socket with a slot cut in the side.

  3. I haven’t used that trick, but with the foot brake, one (likely very abusive) trick I learned as a bidding Hoon (or jackass teenager, whatever), was to engage the parking break, and them release it without taking your foot off the pedal. At least on the Intrepid I drove, if the parking break wasn’t fully released, you could ride the pedal and add lock as needed.

    1. Paging Jeff, looks like Disqus is acting up again if Batshitbox’s comment was marked as spam. Blinker fluid is probably leaking on the Turbo Encapulator again.

  4. This is maybe the fourth HV article since last summer about this car, and my opinions haven’t changed. The RS6 Avant is a bundle of awesome performance wrapped in ridiculously extroverted, hyper-aggressive styling. As Maymar mentioned above: “the last thing the RS6 needed was more aggression.”

    I will again repeat myself in saying that the “regular” S6 Avant nails it for tasteful styling in a performance package. This is a case where successfully achieving a 9-out-of-10 is much better than attempting a 12. The RS6’s rear diffusers are cartoonishly huge, and the shattered-glass front bumper cover clashes with the laminar body lines. All it needs is a big-assed wing above the hatch to evoke an “urban-redneck-hit-the-lottery” vibe.

    https://cdn.motor1.com/images/mgl/lL9WJ/s1/2020-audi-s6-avant-tdi.jpg

    1. I’ve been driving the S8 this week. I think that would be more your speed style wise. It’s very subdued. Especially compared to the over the top RS6.

  5. Someone recently hipped me to a trick for getting traction with an open diff RWD car and it’s something I never heard of, even growing up driving RWD cars in the snow.

    When the one asshole wheel breaks loose in the snow (or mud) and steals all the revs, gently apply the parking brake to send power over to the lazy ass wheel on the other side. This would be to get un-stuck, not while moving forward.

    It totally makes sense, and I tried it out on our handy-dandy differential demonstrator we keep in our science museum, but I’m still not convinced it works. Most of my RWD cars had a foot operated ratcheting parking brake and I can’t imagine the coordination needed to work that. (We did have two Toyota Starlets with RWD and hand brakes, as well as 4-Runners and Scouts with twist & pull handles.) Anybody ever use this trick?

    Not my pic.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/fc2f64b7a359fcf670c48983592ed1f03b1d6dd410c2d9495c4698206d224946.jpg

    1. A variation of the Hummer driving technique that I think is called brake throttle modulation, or even fiddle braking on a tractor.

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