In the US, for the past several years, wagon fans did not have many options available. RS2 Avant did not come to the country, just like great generations like RS4 or RS6. Sportsback models like RS7 were offered but Audi’s high-performance wagon simply did not appear in the US. Fortunately for all wagon fans, the 2021 Audi RS6 will hit the market in the country. Americans do prefer SUVs but we do have growing wagon sales so it is a certainty that the decision of the car maker is great.
The Audi A6 sedan and the S6 were really similar in terms of appearance and the styling was pretty vanilla. With the 2021 Audi RS6 though, things are different, with massive wheel arches, silver accents and sleek body lines. It is a certainty that this wagon will draw some stares while on the road.
The 2021 version is wider by 1.6 inches and includes the specific bodywork you expect from the RS. As opposed to the luxury competitors, RS6 is different, which is definitely a good thing.
The interior of the 2021 Audi RS6 remains the one that was very successful with the A6 but it is more aggressive. There is a brand new steering wheel with a flat bottom that is sportier than with the A6. The seats of the RS makes you feel comfortable on the longer journeys and the Virtual Cockpit stands out as one of the best on the market right now, with an interface that is very intuitive.
The A6 sedan has a trunk with a cargo of just 13.7 cubic feet. In the RS6 Avant, storage is increased to 20 cubic feet. If you take down the rear seats and you fold them, you get 59.3 cubic feet. We can say that the Avant is very practical, an ideal hauler for the entire family.
The previous version of the Audi RS7 offered 560 hp with a V8 4.8 liter twin-turbo engine. Audi now bumped it all up and offers around 592 hp. The gearbox is eight-speed automatic and you get all-wheel-drive, offering you the possibility to get to 62 miles per hour in just 3.6 seconds. The top speed you can reach is 155 miles per hour. While E63 S is a wagon that is a little faster, there is always the possibility that a new Audi RS6 will be released, with a higher performance.
Audi is going to give buyers access to an optional, extra RS Sport Suspension that includes Dynamic Ride Control. It can be configured with having 6 drive modes and 2 RS-specific modes.
2021 Audi RS6 Avant – Final Thoughts
Audi is definitely taking a calculated gamble with this launch in the US but there is a really high possibility that the wagon will sell really good. There are countless drivers that already said they would be more than interested in buying if the vehicle would be sold in the US. Obviously, the RS6 can also fail since we never know how the markets change but the possibility seems low for that at the moment.
The RS6 Avant caters for a small wagon buyer segment in the US. It will most likely have an initial price tag of over $100,000. Only those that are wealthy will be able to afford it. Even so, if the customer base is impressed, sales will go really great.